After missing a month because of a broken bone in his right hand, left fielder Alex Gordon is expected to return to the Royals’ lineup against the Houston Astros on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.
But first, he will finish his rehab assignment back home, playing for the Class AAA Omaha Storm Chasers.
The Royals announced the move on Wednesday afternoon. Gordon will be in uniform Thursday for the Storm Chasers’ game against New Orleans. He is expected to remain in Omaha through Friday before returning to Kansas City.
Royals manager Ned Yost said Wednesday he anticipated Gordon to be back for Saturday’s game.
With the return of Gordon, the Royals could see a shake-up in their batting lineup. Before the season, Yost said he envisioned third baseman Mike Moustakas or Gordon batting second in the lineup. Yost ultimately opted for Moustakas in the two-hole. But now Moustakas is out for the season, and Gordon is nearly healthy again.
When asked if Gordon could slide into the two-spot, Yost replied: “Yeah, a lot of places he could fit."
Gordon, 32, also has experience in the leadoff spot. Shortstop Alcides Escobar is currently batting second after being replaced as the leadoff hitter by second baseman Whit Merrifield.