The elements are in place for Royals outfielder Alex Gordon to sit out Sunday afternoon’s series finale with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The game is a day game after Saturday’s night game. The Angels will start left-hander C.J. Wilson.
When manager Ned Yost sat Gordon on Thursday against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium, in part to rest his surgically-repaired right wrist, he mentioned similar factors in his decision. But he declined to commit to resting Gordon before Saturday’s game.
“That’s tomorrow,” Yost said. “We’ve got a game tonight.”
Gordon entered Saturday’s game with one hit in three games. He did have a .385 on-base percentages thanks to walking twice and getting hit by a pitch twice.
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Yost stressed Gordon felt healthy. Gordon himself has yet to voice any complaints.
“His wrist is fine,” Yost said. “He feels fine. Still a little sore, but not anything he can’t play through to take decent swings. It’s just his timing is off a little bit. He just needs more at-bats to get into a groove. You know, he got off to a slow start last year with a good wrist.”
If Gordon sits, Yost has to choose between either Paulo Orlando or Jarrod Dyson. A right-handed hitter, Orlando makes more sense against the southpaw Wilson. But Dyson has yet to receive a start this season.