Good news Kansas City Royals fans, All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon will be making his return to the big leagues this coming Friday against the Houston Astros. And boy, this could not have come at a better time.
The defending World Series champs have been dancing around first place in the AL Central with the Cleveland Indians all season long; but since being swept by the New York Mets, they have now fallen behind by two and a half games.
This is where Gordon comes into play.
With two starts under his belt in Class AA Northwest Arkansas, the 32-year-old leftfielder is batting an impressive .500, with a double, homerun, and a 1.167 slugging percentage.
Even though it has only been two games, it appears as if Gordon hasn’t missed a beat at the dish. More importantly, the swings he has been putting on balls is enough to make the adrenaline pump through any KC fans’ blood.
Gordon began his rehab assignment on May 22nd after colliding with third baseman Mike Moustakas on a foul ball against the Chicago White Sox. The result, was a broken scaphoid bone in his right hand.
The Kansas City Royals are currently carrying four outfielders on their roster, along with utility man Whit Merrifield. Meaning, the Royals will most likely have to yield one of them back to the Minor Leagues. If that’s not the case, there has even been some talk of shedding a pitcher to make room for Gordon’s return.
With only 17 games left before the All-Star break, the Kansas City Royals have just the right amount of time to take the lead back in the AL Central and pull away; especially since Gordon will be returning to the big club.
Ned Yost and the boys have shown signs of a repeat, while on the other hand shown signs of faltering. Let’s hope the Royals choose the first one.
However, with Gordon set to make his way back into the lineup, I can’t see any reason for the Royals to not make another impressive Fall Classic run.
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