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Alex Gordon cleared by Royals doctors to play catch, swing a bat

Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon talks with Mitch Maier during Saturday's spring training workout for the Royals on February 21, 2015 in Surprise, Ariz.
Kansas City Royals Alex Gordon talks with Mitch Maier during Saturday's spring training workout for the Royals on February 21, 2015 in Surprise, Ariz. The Kansas City Star

Alex Gordon passed a critical marker on Monday in his return from offseason wrist surgery. He received clearance to throw and swing for the first time since going under the knife in January.

Gordon played catch on Monday. He reported no problems to the training staff, manager Ned Yost relayed. Gordon was not available to reporters during the hour-long media availability after the Royals workout. He was in the training room receiving treatment.

Gordon was scheduled to meet with Bruce Toby, the team doctor who operated on him, before being allowed to take part in these activities.

Gordon will take 15 dry swings on Tuesday, Yost said. A dry swing involves no contact with a baseball. It is the first step in a lengthy progression. Gordon must pass tests while swinging off a tee, then in soft toss, and then in an indoor batting cage before he can be cleared to take batting practice with his teammates.

The process could take weeks. Gordon expects to miss at least a week of Cactus League games. But he insists he will be ready for Opening Day.

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