Alex Gordon sat out the Royals’ game against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night, a day after his first game back with Kansas City since injuring his groin July 8. Manager Ned Yost indicated the team would continue to gradually re-integrate Gordon into the starting lineup.
“I’m just going to ease him into it slow,” Yost said before the game.
With Gordon out, Paulo Orlando occupied left field and Jonny Gomes made his Kansas City debut in right field.
In his return on Tuesday night, Gordon notched two hits, scored a run and drove in a second with a sacrifice fly. But he looked tentative at times in the field. He admitted afterward he is still not moving with 100 percent confidence as a defender.
Kansas City wants to be cautious with Gordon, aware that aggravating his groin could sideline him for the duration of the season. As September continues, Gordon will begin to play back-to-back games, but not three in a row at the start.
“Just kind of incrementally build him up,” Yost said.