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Chris Martin exits NLDS Game 1 with oblique injury

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Braves reliever Chris Martin suffered a left oblique injury while warming up ahead of his appearance in the eighth inning of NLDS Game 1 against the Cardinals. Luke Jackson entered the game to start the eighth inning in place of Martin.

Martin, 33, was acquired by the Braves from the Rangers on July 30 in exchange for pitching prospect Kolby Allard. Martin was good for the Rangers, posting a 3.08 ERA over 38 innings, but wasn’t as successful in 17 2/3 innings with the Braves, compiling a 4.08 ERA.

The Braves should provide more information about Martin’s status after the game.

Update (9:46 PM ET): Per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman, Martin said he doesn’t expect to pitch again in the series. The Braves can add a pitcher to take his spot on the roster.

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.