In the hours before another victory on Wednesday night, Alex Gordon met with a team of doctors. The appointment was routine — Gordon was set to be re-evaluated 10 days after breaking the scaphoid bone in his right hand during a collision in Chicago. The results, Gordon said, were encouraging.
He is set to play light catch as soon as this weekend in Cleveland. He will begin swinging a bat when the Royals return home from a 10-game road trip on June 13.
“They said it’s progressing the way it should be,” Gordon said.
When the session was over, and the latest prognosis was doled out, Gordon returned to the Royals dugout and re-assumed his current role: Spectator to the hottest team in baseball.
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In the first nine games after Gordon and teammate Mike Moustakas collided at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, the Royals racked up eight victories. Gordon has watched his teammates win 13 of 16, move back into first place and record a perfect 6-0 home stand for the first time since 1988.
“It’s just fun to watch right now,” Gordon said. “I was telling some of the coaches: This is probably the best I’ve seen us play since I’ve been here, as far as like a home stand. Just not missing pitches, great quality at-bats, a lot of energy. It’s been really impressive.”
“It’s fun to watch,” Gordon added, before pausing. “Unfortunately.”