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Alex Gordon expected to return to Cactus League games on Saturday for Royals

Alex Gordon took some swings during live batting practice with the minor league team before the Royals played the Cleveland Indians on Monday at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz.
Alex Gordon took some swings during live batting practice with the minor league team before the Royals played the Cleveland Indians on Monday at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz. The Kansas City Star

Both Alex Gordon and Omar Infante could assume their usual positions for the Royals during Cactus League games this weekend.

Gordon reported no discomfort in his surgically repaired right wrist after playing in a minor-league intersquad game on Tuesday. Manager Ned Yost indicated that Gordon would play in two more of those games and then man left field in the big-league game on Saturday against the White Sox.

Infante has been limited to playing designated hitter as he deals with a bone spur in his right elbow. Yost was less exact with a plan for Infante, who has restarted a throwing program. Yost suggested that Infante would play second base in a game “some time in the next three or four days.”

Yost was an interested observer as Infante threw on Wednesday. “It’s getting much, much better,” Yost said. “He doesn’t feel anything. He’s starting to get more life and more carry to his ball.”

Gordon will bat third on Saturday. If he plays on Sunday, he’ll bat second.

“It’s right to the plan,” Yost said. “It’s good that we didn’t have any setbacks, to this point. So that’s the good thing about it. He’s right on schedule.

“And I think he could play in a big-league game today. But I want to get him more at-bats down there (on the minor-league side). Because I can get him five or six at-bats down there today or tomorrow, instead of three up here, max. Or two.”

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