Alex Gordon takes live batting practice in his next step in his rehabilitation

Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon took batting practice before Saturday’s game.
Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon took batting practice before Saturday’s game. jsleezer@kcstar.com

The next step in left fielder Alex Gordon’s recovery occurred Saturday when he took live batting practice at Kauffman Stadium before Saturday’s game against the White Sox.

Gordon looked comfortable in the cage and knocked a few into and over the right-field bullpen.

Before taking the swings, Gordon said he wouldn’t put a timetable on his return from a groin injury he suffered while attempting to make a catch in a July 8 game.

“I still have a while,” Gordon said. “There’s still a lot of things that I have to accomplish before I go out there. And with the team having the big lead like we have in the Central, there’s no reason to rush it.

“I’m taking it easy, making sure I don’t come back and hurt it and having a setback like that. We’re playing it smart, making sure everything is OK.”

In Gordon’s absence, the Royals used a combination of Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando in left field until trading for Ben Zobrist. Orlando was sent to Class AAA Omaha, and Zobrist started every game until Saturday, when Dyson got the start.

On Friday, general manager Dayton Moore said Gordon is likely headed to a rehabilitation assignment at the end of the month, perhaps at Class AA Northwest Arkansas or Class A Wilmington, which are playoff bound.

“There’s going to be plenty opportunity to get him out on a rehab assignment if this thing lingers into late August and early September,” Moore said. “There’s an urgency to get him back, but you don’t want to put him in a situation where you’re rushing him.”

Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon takes batting practice on Saturday before the team's game against the Chicago White Sox.

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