White Sox place Eloy Jiménez on IL with ulnar nerve contusion

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The White Sox announced on Wednesday that outfielder Eloy Jiménez has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right ulnar nerve contusion. In related moves, the White Sox purchased the contract of infielder Ryan Goins from Triple-A Charlotte and outrighted pitcher Juan Minaya to Charlotte.

Jiménez suffered the injury attempting to catch a fly ball in the bottom of the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Royals. Whit Merrifield hit a fly ball to deep left-center field, causing Jiménez and Charlie Tilson to converge. Tilson made the catch but banged into Jiménez’s elbow.

Jiménez, 22, has had a solid rookie campaign, batting .244/.307/.483 with 17 home runs and 39 RBI in 267 plate appearances. He had started to heat up, owning a .921 OPS since the start of June.

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.