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Alex Gordon suffers head injury on inside-the-park homer

Jul 4, 2013, 12:52 AM EST

Alex Gordon

All turned around by a Jason Kipnis fly to deep left, Alex Gordon hit his head on the fence at Kauffman Stadium and left Wednesday’s Indians-Royals game with a possible concussion and hip contusion.

Gordon’s head snapped back as he hit the wall, which is actually a chain-link fence in Kansas City. Had it simply been a padded wall all of the way around, perhaps the blow would have been lessened.

While Gordon was down, Kipnis ran all of the way around the bases for a three-run inside-the-park homer. He didn’t realize Gordon was hurt until after celebrating at the plate.

The injury comes at a bad time for a Royals team that just jettisoned Jeff Francouer and Triple-A Omaha’s Xavier Nady. The Royals can go to a David Lough-Jarrod Dyson-Lorenzo Cain outfield while Gordon is out, but they have little depth beyond that. 30-year-old career minor leaguer Anthony Seratelli might be their best choice for a callup. The Royals also have veteran Willy Taveras and ex-Tiger Quintin Berry in Triple-A, but both have struggled.

  1. blingslade - Jul 4, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Just first win the game 2nite KC, then deal with the injury later.

  2. hittfamily - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Looked painful. I hope the break helps him get his head in the game, because after a torrid start, he has sucked. The past 30 days searched on fangraphs revealed he has been worth a whopping 0.0 wins above replacement. He’s been sucking longer than that, but I only know how to search past 30 days.

    I thought they should have gone after Kelly Johnson in the offseason. He made perfect sense for them, in that he was a cheap 2b that can also play the outfield. Instead they went with the Getz/Johnson 2b platoon, and Francoeur in right. 2 of the 3 have already been DFA’d, and Elliot Johnson will never see arbitration.

    I doubt the Rays would give up Johnson, but I think they should call them about Ryan Roberts. Roberts is cheap, and the Rays have him sitting in AAA. I think any professional baseball player, be he catcher or SS, is capable of manning LF for a few weeks without costing the team anything defesnively. Roberts can play left til Gordon is back, or platoon with Lough, and then be a better IF alternative than Elliot Johnson when Gordon returns. They could also try to get Brandon Guyer, a MLB ready OF. They have chips to burn ,and when you push all in the way they have, you can’t have Lough and Dyson as corner outfielders and expect to overtake the Indians and Tigers.

    • hittfamily - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      Woops. Confused this with Yasiel Puig’s injury. Just watched Gordons. This was a nasty shot. Forget everything I said. I just hope the guy’s alright. Yikes!

      • blingslade - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:50 AM

        I think Hardballtalk went to sleep so that’s why they haven’t posted the Puig injury yet!

  3. blingslade - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    I think Hardballtalk are enjoying their 4th of July break early so that’s why they haven’t posted the Puig injury yet!!!!

  4. jyoung1891 - Jul 4, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    The “fact” that “you” “have” a “roomate (sic)” who “has” a “mother-in-law” pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

  5. abaird2012 - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Just … fuck … OFF!!

  6. bigmeechy74 - Jul 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Now that they are having trouble with outfield depth they can just call up Wil Myers. Oh never mind. They did that dumb trade.

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