Sunday, March 7, 2010

Gordon out 3-4 weeks

According to Robert Ford the Royals will be without Alex Gordon for the next 3-4 weeks due to a thumb fracture. He apparently suffered it in yesterdays game against the Rangers. It wouldn't surprise me if he begins the season on the disabled list allowing Alberto Callaspo to start at third in his place. If there really is indeed a battle at second base this would allow DM and Trey to get a longer look at Chris Getz.

The lesson learned from last season is don't rush players back on the field until they are healthy. A DL stint and minor league rehab assignment is how they should handle Gordon if he's not ready to go on opening day. After missing most of last season he really needed these spring training plate appearances and if he can't get them he may start off slow yet again (he has hit just .229/.333/.366 for his career in the seasons first month).

Gordon has battled an assortment of injuries in his brief career and has spent 114 days on the DL the last two seasons with thigh and hip problems. Gordon had a mini-breakout in 2008 (109 OPS+) when he hit .277/.392/.496 in that seasons second half but hasn't been healthy since. He is of course one of their keys to the seasons but also one of their biggest question marks.

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