Just before the calendar turned to 2015, Kansas City Royals‘ outfielder Alex Gordon underwent wrist surgery, the team announced. Gordon and the team both fully expect him to be ready to take his position in the outfield on Opening Day.
According to Jamal Collier of MLB.com, Alex Gordon underwent surgery on December 30th, in order to repair the extensor retinaculum and to relieve irritation in his right wrist. He played with discomfort in his wrist throughout the second half of the 2014 season, including the playoffs.
It became apparent it may of been an issue when he went to hit .190 in September and .204 in October, during the team’s postseason run.
Gordon has previously missed four games with discomfort in his right wrist before the All-Star break. During offseason workouts, Gordon aggravated the injury, proceeding him to seek advice for his team doctors. They told him that he should undergo surgery to relieve the discomfort in the wrist.
Nick Kenney, the head athletic trainer for the Royals, discussed Gordon’s surgery with Collier:
“Alex reached out just prior to Christmas to report that he was experiencing some right wrist discomfort during his offseason workouts. We asked him to come to Kansas City after the holiday for an evaluation and it was determined he needed to have this repaired now to avoid any further complications and any delay in his start to the upcoming season.”
With no timetable given for the recovery of Gordon, it is not yet known if Gordon will miss all, if any, of spring training.
During the 2014 campaign with the Royals, Gordon slashed .216/.351/.432 with 19 home runs and 74 runs batted in. In addition to putting up a WAR over six, Gordon proceeded to make the American League All-Star team, as well as winning his fourth consecutive Gold Glove award in the outfield.