The Royals have activated outfielder Alex Gordon from the disabled list after missing 29 games with a wrist injury. To make room for Gordon, the Royals optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Omaha. Eibner was hitting .297/.350/.514 in 41 plate appearances for the Royals this year, although he hit just .208 since being activated from the disabled list following his ankle injury.
Ned Yost has been quiet about where Gordon will hit in the lineup upon his return. Gordon was 5-for-15 in his rehab with AA Northwest Arkansas, hitting a home run, double, and drawing two walks. He was 3-for-7 with three walks for AAA Omaha in two games. Gordon had been out since colliding with third baseman Mike Moustakas on a foul ball in Chicago back on May 22. He struggled earlier this year, hitting .211/.319/.331 with 4 HR 10 RBI in 41 games. Gordon is a three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner who signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Royals last winter.
The move means the Royals stick with 13 pitchers on the roster, which may have been necessitated by Edinson Volquez's short outing on Friday night and the suspension to Yordano Ventura.Update: Alex Gordon will hit second tonight.
Alex Gordon will play left field and bat 2nd today for the Royals. Alcides Escobar dropped to 8th in the order.— Christian S. Hardy (@ByHardy) June 25, 2016