Jun 26, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) connects for a home run in the first inning of the game against the Atlanta Braves at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Royals Updates: Gordon's Injury, Grand Slams, Twitter, and Minor League Notes

After Alex Gordon‘s injury on Wednesday night, the Royals have been cautious but optimistic about a quick recovery. So far there hasn’t been an official diagnosis of a concussion, but tests are still ongoing. For what it’s worth, Gordon told Jeffrey Flanagan of Fox Sports Kansas City that he didn’t think he had a concussion and felt he’d be cleared to play perhaps as soon as Friday.

That seems very optimistic, and I’d still caution being so hasty to return. The last thing I want to see is Gordon playing two games, having recurring symptoms and needing to be shut down for longer than he might have been in the first place. It’s such a difficult kind of injury to determine the extent of the problem and then to assign treatment that being a couple days too long is much better than being too early.

If he definitely clears all tests and there’s no concussion and everything is as it should be, that’s obviously the best case scenario. Gordon will still have to deal with the hip contusion he suffered on the fall, but he says he’ll play through that.

Other Notes:

  • Lorenzo Cain‘s grand slam in the sixth inning on Thursday won Overland Park resident Debbie Hassed $25,000 as an entrant in the Sonic Slam Inning promotion. She talked to Flanagan about it after winning and, as would be expected, she’s a Cain fan now.
  • James Shields teamed up with University of Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self to film a public service announcement for foster children. Shields was active in that cause in Tampa and has carried it over to Kansas City after becoming a Royal. In other charity news, Gordon is teaming up with Papa John’s for a promotion aimed towards raising funds for his non-profit organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which is geared towards eliminating childhood cancer.
  • Ervin Santana has joined Twitter under the handle @ErvinSantana_54. On Thursday, he was sharing photos of himself with his brother as they went around Kansas City.
  • Danny Duffy caused a stir on Twitter on Tuesday night after responding to user @BHIndepMO. If you’re on the social media platform, you may be familiar with tweets, which usually feature mentions of statistics. They aren’t always positive, and are often geared towards tempering getting too excited about performances, but he’ll always offer the facts, at least. Duffy, being a very optimistic player, wasn’t pleased with the information and fired back. KC Kingdom has a nice summation of the exchanges and aftermath. The big question in mind is how Twitter and that kind of access will change how an athlete carries himself. I sometimes wonder if Duffy’s involvement on Twitter will overinflate expectations or not. Fans love him for his attitude, but the facts are that he hasn’t had great control in the big leagues, and the recoil could be swift when he returns to the big leagues if it’s not cleaned up.
  • Keith Law was encouraged by Kyle Zimmer‘s start last week in which he went seven shutout innings and allowed just two hits. Zimmer’s struggled this year, but he’s showing signs of getting back on track. Law’s take is that the problems Zimmer has had this year – tempo, body control, and release point – are relatively simple to correct and shouldn’t be big problems down the line.
  • Back to Duffy, who talked with Lee Warren about his continuing work in Omaha. Duffy’s restriction-free and getting more comfortable making every throw now, so it’s just a matter of shoring up his command.
  • Finally, Buddy Baumann isn’t mentioned much around the Royals prospect water cooler, but he’s having an impressive season for Omaha and is striking out batters with regularity. He talked about some of his adjustments with Rob White of the Omaha World-Herald. Chris Kamler offered a guest post about a conversation with Baumann earlier in the season about reaching Triple A.

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