Alex Gordon was forced to miss a start this week with a sore right wrist. On Thursday the news came that Gordon will have to undergo an MRI on the wrist to figure out what’s going on.
Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Gordon says the wrist hurts so much that he cannot even swing a bat without pain.
Gordon sat in front of his locker, a rare location for him during his carefully-regimented pre-game routine. He skipped his usual activity on Wednesday due to a nagging sprain in his right wrist. The injury scratched him from starting Wednesday’s game, earned him an appointment with team doctors and an MRI tube today and effectively ruled him out for this weekend’s four games against Detroit.
“I can’t swing,” Gordon said. “That’s when it hurts.”
As a nod to Gordon’s overall quality of play this season, ranging from his offense to to his wizardry in the outfield, the 30-year-old outfielder was selected as an All-Star this month. While the Royals do not know the severity of the injury as of yet, Gordon will not participate in the midsummer classic. He will be replaced by Los Angeles Angels’ infielder Erick Aybar.
Gordon, who has spent his entire career in Kansas City, is batting .268/.348/.425 with nine home runs and 44 RBI. His quality of play on the defensive side of things has boosted his value significantly, as he is already a 3.6 WAR player (according to Baseball Reference). As the Royals try to meet their playoff expectations this season, they will hope that Gordon’s injury is nothing serious.