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Free Alex Gordon

Jul 22, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

The Royals are about to call up Rick Ankiel from Omaha, where he has put up a batting line of .270/.281/.556 in 63 at bats while rehabbing. Meanwhile, Alex Gordon is batting .315/.442/.577 in 260 at bats since being sent down, presumably to learn left field.

Query: given Ankiel’s injury history and his own defensive limitations, why on Earth isn’t Alex Gordon getting the shot in Kansas City’s outfield instead of Ankiel?

The only reason I can possibly think of is that the Royals think they can trade Ankiel and want to showcase him for a bit, but that’s a bit delusional, ain’t it? Guy hasn’t played in the majors for nearly three months.

  1. Gus - Jul 22, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    As an Omaha resident, I’d like to again thank the KC Royals for their apparent commitment to winning the Pacific Coast League this year. It’s the only logical explanation.

  2. Matt S. - Jul 22, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Free the Kilamonster too!

  3. geoknows - Jul 22, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    A team HAS to return a rehabbing player to the major leagues after a certain number of days. It’s required, and it’s NOT a call up. The Royals can’t leave Ankiel in Omaha in favor of Alex Gordon.

  4. JBerardi - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Alex Gordon will remain in AAA until he finally decides to stop being stubborn and transmogrifies himself into George Brett. C’mon, Alex, stop being a baby…

  5. aleskel - Jul 22, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    oh Craig, ’tis a fool who tries to make sense of the Royals’ personnel decisions

  6. BC - Jul 22, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Gordon had to have PO’d somebody.

  7. Ditto65 - Jul 22, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    The world needs but one george Brett.

  8. shea801 - Jul 22, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Obviously. He’s on the Royals isn’t he?

  9. The Rabbit - Jul 22, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    That was my thought, too…. unless, somewhere in the Royals’ collective consciousness (if one exists), Gordon has been labeled a disaster magnet due to this year’s and last year’s injuries. Management certainly hasn’t given him adequate playing time to determine his actual potential.
    On another subject, if there are any Royals fans reading, can someone explain what Yost is doing with Aviles? Is he a defensive liability? Is there any good reason he shares time with Getz?

  10. Kevin S. - Jul 22, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    They can DFA Ankiel in favor of Gordon, though.

  11. randall351 - Jul 22, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    Aviles is as much a defensive liability as Getz is an offensive liability.

  12. Detroit Michael - Jul 23, 2010 at 6:58 AM

    In other developments, the Royals trade away their third baseman and announce that Wilson Betemit will start. David DeJesus injures his thumb and still no Alex Gordon recall from the minors either.

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