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Corey Seager strains hamstring, likely to miss considerable time

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The Dodgers lost to the cross-town Angels last night. That’s bad, but endurable. What’s worse is that they also lost their shortstop, likely for many, many weeks as Corey Seager strained his hamstring.

The injury occurred in the ninth inning as the Dodgers tried to rally. Seager singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Alex Verdugo then knocked a  base hit up the middle which would’ve normally scored Seager easily, but he grabbed his left hamstring before reaching third base and then limped off the field.

Seager will get an MRI today, but the Dodgers believe he suffered a Grade 2 strain. The recovery period for that kind of strain is usually at least six weeks.

Seager missed most of 2018 but was hitting .279/.359/.468 with eight home runs in 66 games this year and was heating up of late. With him gone Chris Taylor will likely take over everyday duties. ‘

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.