by John Viril—
LF Alex Gordon took to the field Saturday against the Oakland A’s for an afternoon game in Kansas City. After being cleared by a representative from MLB and the Royals medical staff, Gordon went 0-2 vs. the A’s with 3 walks and 1 stolen base in Kansas City’s 4-3 win.
Gordon ended up missing only two games after Wednesday’s frightening collision with the LF bullpen gate. Initial reports indicated that Gordon had a possible concussion, but turned out to be false. Gordon suffered nothing more than a bruised hip and the indignity of lying on Kauffman Stadium’s warning track after his miscue turned Jason Kipnis‘ drive into a three-run home run.
Gordon had been available to pinch hit Friday night after testing his hip in batting practice that afternoon. Royals manager Ned Yost told the Kansas City Star Saturday, “We had him ready to pinch hit last night if we got to (Johnny) Giovatella with a chance to win it. I needed (Lorenzo) Cain or (Mike) Moustakas to get on and put us in that position.”
Though Gordon did not directly contribute to Saturday’s win, Kansas City was glad to have his bat back in the lineup. Gordon’s quick return is good news for Kansas City’s quest to stay relevant in the A.L. Central.