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KC Royal 3B Alex Gordon out with broken thumb

Spring training is just beginning and so are the injuries. From AP-

Royals third baseman Alex Gordon is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks with a broken right thumb.

Manager Trey Hillman said Sunday that Gordon probably will miss the Kansas City Royals’ April 5 opener against the Detroit Tigers, but the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 draft is optimistic about his chances of playing.

“That’s the way I’m taking it,” Gordon said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to get into games at the end of spring training. I really haven’t found out exactly the timetable and maybe if I can come back earlier or not. We’re just going to see how the first couple of days progress and go from there.”

Gordon was injured when he slid headfirst into second base on an attempted steal in the second inning of the Royals’ 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

Gordon won’t be allowed to swing a bat or throw the ball while his thumb is healing. I suffered a broken finger 32 years ago, the possibility of doing either of those activities never crossed my mind while I had a splint on.

At best Gordon is an average Major League third baseman and the Royals aren’t a very good team. If Kansas City finishes with 75 wins or more this year, I’ll be surprised.

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