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Luis Severino to return early next week

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Some good news for the Yankees: starter Luis Severino will join the Yankees this weekend in Toronto and has been scheduled to start on Tuesday in the Bronx when the Yankees take on the Angels.

Severino has been out all season due to lat and shoulder issues, but the Yankees have obviously been successful despite his absence. Having him back healthy and, hopefully, effective for the postseason is supremely important, however, as it’s way harder to paper over holes in a pitching staff come October.

Last year Severino went 19-8 in 32 starts, posting a 3.39 ERA across 191.1 innings. If he’s even close to his old form, the Bombers will have made a big, big addition to their postseason rotation.

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.