The doctors have ruled out All-star Alex Gordon for 8 weeks due to a severe groin strain. But Gordon has defied them within a day of sustaining the injury eying a much early return.
“I’m going to do everything I can to get back out there quicker,” he said.
During the 4th inning of Kansas City Royals’ game against the Tampa Bay, Gordon picked up the injury Wednesday night. He needed a cart to leave after crumbling onto the field near the warning track and laying there for several minutes.
Later an MRI report revealed the seriousness of his injury.
“The news is obviously tough. I mean, I want to be out there every day,” Gordon said. “I knew it wasn’t good, especially with the season we’re having. To be carted off and thinking that’s going to be taken away for a while, it’s frustrating.”
Royal’s manager Ned Yost confirmed that the MRI revealed a “two-plus groin strain.” But the positive thing is that Gordon won’t require a surgery to recover.
“We have no way of determining that,” Yost said when asked whether Gordon would be able to return in eight weeks frame for regular season games. “We just have to go week to week.”
One among the several roster changes the team has made, the Royals have listed Gordon as disabled prior to Thursday’s series finale against the Rays. Gordon will also be missing in the All-star team’s roster in the American League. Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner has been picked by Yost as a replacement of Gordon.
“That’s another crazy thing about this,” Yost said. “I knew as soon as Gordo went down, this was going to affect both of my teams. And it was going to be a lot more homework.”