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Ned Yost hopes Alex Gordon receives 20-25 at-bats before joining Cactus League action

For the first time since having wrist surgery in the off season, Royals outfielder Alex Gordon took batting practice before Tuesday’s spring training game agains the White Sox in Surprise, Ariz.
For the first time since having wrist surgery in the off season, Royals outfielder Alex Gordon took batting practice before Tuesday’s spring training game agains the White Sox in Surprise, Ariz. The Kansas City Star

Here is yet another incremental update on Alex Gordon:

On Monday, he will take part in live batting practice at the Royals minor-league complex. A day later, he will hit in an intersquad game among the Kansas City farmhands. He’ll take Wednesday off, and then play in another intersquad game on Thursday.

If all goes well, Gordon could be ready to make his Cactus League debut by the weekend. Manager Ned Yost has declined to place a deadline on Gordon’s return to big-league action. Yost wants Gordon to receive 20 to 25 at-bats with the minor-leaguers.

“He looks really good taking batting practice,” Yost said. “But now the next step is to start seeing live pitching. And then see live pitching in a game. And then move it down to (the big-league games).”

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