A baseball splashed into the fountains at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. It was the latest sign that the Royals’ starting left fielder could be back soon.
The baseball came off the bat of Alex Gordon, who hit early batting practice in the hours before the Royals’ series finale against the Cleveland Indians. It was his first live hitting on the field since going on the disabled list May 23 with a broken scaphoid bone in his right hand. In the moments after the workout, Gordon reported zero limitations in his wrist.
“I can still feel it a little bit,” Gordon said. “But as far as baseball activity, throwing, swinging, it doesn’t bother me at all.”
Gordon said he was still a “few days away” from beginning a rehab assignment. He has discussed a timetable with trainer Nick Kenney, but for now the club is keeping his schedule somewhat vague.
“It should be coming soon,” Gordon said. “Hopefully everything works out.”
Gordon suffered the wrist injury May 22 during a collision with Mike Moustakas in Chicago. The Royals initially estimated that he could miss three to four weeks. Gordon will hit the four-week mark Monday, the day before the Royals begin a two-game series against the Mets in New York.
“He was hitting bombs,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “They said it’s the best he’s felt all year.”
Roster decision looms on Eibner
Outfielder Brett Eibner will be eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday, leaving the Royals another possible roster decision in the coming days. Eibner, 27, is 4 for 24 with a homer and two doubles in six games since beginning a rehab assignment at Class AAA Omaha.
Eibner suffered an ankle sprain in his fourth game after being summoned from Omaha in late May. He was six for 13 with three doubles, including a walk-off single against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium. He could remain at Omaha beyond his rehab assignment. His replacement, outfielder Reymond Fuentes, is 8 for 16 with a double since rejoining the roster in early June.