Royals' Gordon forced to miss Tigers series, All-Star Game with sprained wrist
JUL 10, 2014 6:43p ET
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Royals All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon got some good news Thursday when he learned that his injured right wrist was not more serious than a sprain.
Still, the sprain remains severe enough that he won't play in the four-game series that starts tonight against the division-leading Detroit Tigers.
Manager Ned Yost said before the Thursday's game that he wasn't likely to even use Gordon as a pinch-runner in the Tigers series.
"That's how he injured that wrist, by running, so no," Yost said.
The sprain also will keep Gordon out of Tuesday's All-Star Game in Minneapolis. Gordon will still be there, and in uniform, but he will be replaced on the roster by Erick Aybar of the Angels.
The bigger setback for the Royals is that Gordon won't be available in a crucial series entering the All-Star break.
"Yeah, but all teams go through this," Yost said. "You just manage the best you can. Detroit has been without Victor Martinez and they just go play. That's what we have to do, too."
For now, Raul Ibanez will fill in for Gordon in left field.
"He can handle it for four days," Yost said when asked if Ibanez's age would present a challenge for him playing the whole series.
The Royals also learned that starting pitcher Jason Vargas' appendectomy was performed without complications. In fact, the Royals were told the surgery was the least invasive kind, which usually speeds up recovery time.
But Yost said he had no idea if Vargas could come back any faster than the estimated 3-4 weeks.
"It's not like the doctors can go in there and say, 'Hey, he's going to heal faster,'" Yost said.
In the meantime, the Royals placed Vargas on the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-hander Louis Coleman from Triple-A Omaha.
"The reports say he's been pitching well the last four or five times out," Yost said. "We'll see."