Alex Gordon will swing a bat on Tuesday for the first time since wrist surgery last month. The bat will be a fungo. He will not make contact.
He will do this 15 times. Then, on Wednesday, he expects to have the day off. The training staff wants to see how he responds to the strain of those dry swings.
For a player returning from an injury, the tediousness of this process can be maddening. But for Gordon, Kansas City’s two-time All-Star left fielder, it is a necessary evil.
“It’s frustrating,” Gordon said before his workout. “But it is what it is. And I know what I’ve got to do.”
The team’s medical staff cleared Gordon on Monday to begin throwing and hitting. He played catch on Monday at 90 feet. “It went better than I thought,” he said.
Gordon is still weeks away from fully testing his wrist against live competition as a hitter. He must clear a series of hurdles before he can undertake that task.