Alex Gordon Recalled as David DeJesus Heads To DL

The injury David DeJesus sustained last night against the Yankees while trying to catch Derek Jeter‘s drive to center will keep him out for at least two weeks (and possibly as much as six or more weeks) so he was placed on the  15-day disabled list this morning.  In his place, the Royals recalled Alex Gordon from Omaha to fill his roster spot.

DeJesus has been a target for many contending teams in 2010 while having a career year, so the injury – a week before the trading deadline – is particularly bad luck for the Royals. There haven’t been any rumored offers yet, for DeJesus, so it’s not clear how close any teams were to a deal for him, but the option of a trade is out the window now.

DeJesus jammed his glove hand against the wall, bending it downward and bruising it badly. He’ll see a hand specialist in Cleveland.

In the meantime, the prodigal son is returning, as Alex Gordon rejoins the Royals. Gordon put up a line of .315/.442/.577/1.019 in 321 plate appearances in Omaha, adding 14 homers, 44 RBI and 20 doubles. MinorLeagueSplits.com converts his numbers to a Major League equivalent of .258/.361/.444/.805 which isn’t far off from his 2008 numbers. Hopefully, Gordon brings the confidence with him from Omaha and he can improve on those numbers. We should get to see two full months of Gordon in the outfield, fully healthy, and maybe…just maybe…fulfilling the promise that made him 2006’s Minor League Player of the Year.

Alex Gordon‘s career Major League stats:

Year Age G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2007 23 151 600 60 134 36 4 15 60 14 41 137 .247 .314 .411 .725 90
2008 24 134 571 72 128 35 1 16 59 9 66 120 .260 .351 .432 .783 109
2009 25 49 189 28 38 6 0 6 22 5 21 43 .232 .324 .378 .703 86
2010 26 12 38 5 6 1 0 1 1 0 7 8 .194 .342 .323 .665 83
4 Seasons 346 1398 165 306 78 5 38 142 28 135 308 .249 .331 .413 .744 97
162 Game Avg. 162 655 77 143 37 2 18 66 13 63 144 .249 .331 .413 .744 97
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/23/2010.
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