Alex Gordon swings off tee, inching toward return to Royals

Alex Gordon before his groin injury.
Alex Gordon before his groin injury. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

Alex Gordon convinced the Kansas City Royals training staff to let him take some swings off a tee a day or so ahead of schedule on Thursday afternoon. He took two rounds of 10 swings before his team faced the Blue Jays as Rogers Centre. It was another step in his return from a groin strain that will likely sideline him until September.

“It was fine,” Gordon said. “Very, very standard. We were going to do tee work either tomorrow or the next day. So it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.”

Gordon planned to take some indoor batting practice next week in Detroit. He has already been able to do some running and agility drills. He played catch with backup catcher Drew Butera on Thursday.

Manager Ned Yost indicated Gordon remains on the same track he began when his rehabilitation started earlier this month.

“I still don’t look for him (to return) until the end of August,” Yost said. “But he’s definitely making progress.”

Gordon explained how his condition has improved since he crumpled on the warning track of Kauffman Stadium on July 8.

“The swelling’s moved from my groin,” Gordon said. “Gravity’s starting to push it down. So I’m getting the soreness wherever the bruising is coming out. I definitely feel it, but it’s not painful or anything.”

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