KANSAS CITY — Kansas City fans, the news on Alex Gordon’s groin injury is not good.
The Royals’ All-Star outfielder, injured in Wednesday’s 9-7 victory over Tampa Bay, was placed on the 15-day disabled list today, but reports indicate he’ll probably be out as long as two months.
Gordon was to have started in left field in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Cincinnati, but he’ll have to be replaced. He was just starting to catch fire at the plate, as a torrid hot streak over the last week had boosted him to .279 with 11 homers and 39 RBIs, not to mention his usual Platinum Glove defense.
The three-time All-Star also was working on a career-best .394 on-base percentage as he has been the one Royal who shows a good eye at the plate.
Gordon was injured while attempting to chase down a fly ball by Tampa Bay’s Logan Forsythe, which resulted in an inside-the-park home run. He went down in a heap and at first it appeared to be a knee injury.
If Gordon misses two months, he would be back for the last three weeks of the regular season. Kansas City leads the American League Central, but has been hit with a string of injuries in recent weeks, including three members of the starting pitching rotation.