The Royals have placed outfielder Alex Gordon on the 10-day disabled list with a left hip labral tear, according to beat writer Maria Torres. They have recalled outfielder Abraham Almonte from Omaha to take his place.
A hip labral tear “involves the ring of cartilage (labrum) that follows the outside rim of the socket of your hip joint”, according to the Mayo Clinic. Gordon had surgery on his right hip labrum back in 2009 that caused him to miss three months. Devin Mesoraco missed most of the 2015 season with a labrum injury in his hip that he never had surgery on, and Troy Tulowitzki missed the final six weeks of the 2014 season with a similar injury.
Yost was encouraged to hear the early prognosis wasn’t a month-long recovery. But Royals will re-evaluate Gordon’s status in about a week.— Maria Torres (@maria_torres3) April 10, 2018
Ned Yost said Gordon’s injury won’t require surgery. It will keep him out upwards of two weeks. #Royals— Josh Vernier (@JoshVernier610) April 10, 2018
Abraham Almonte is a 28-year old switch-hitting outfielder who has hit .246/.300/.381 in 302 games with the Mariners, Padres, and Indians. Last year he hit .233/.314/.366 in 69 games with the Indians. He was assigned to AAA Omaha but had not yet gotten in a game. Almonte can be a bit useful against right-handers, with a career line of .246/.304/.400 against them compared to .245/.291/.339 against southpaws. He has experience at all three outfield positions, with most of his action coming in center.
He was originally signed out of the Dominican Republic by the Yankees. He was traded to the Mariners for reliever Shawn Kelley, shipped to the Padres for outfielder Chris Denorfia, and swapped to the Indians for reliever Marc Rzepczynski over the years. The Royals claimed Almonte off waivers from the Indians last week after he was designated for assignment to make room for Rajai Davis. He was added to the 40-man roster when the Royals designated pitcher Miguel Almonte for assignment.