Remember the old SportsCenter advertisements with Albert Pujols, where they accused him of being a machine instead of a human? In the end, the anchors leave Pujols alone, but right before the commercial ends, the copy machine asks the Angels slugger why he did not tell them the truth. Well, that baseball machine may have some company with the KC Royals Alex Gordon.
Gordon, currently on the disabled list with a strained groin, was expected to be out of the Royals lineup until the beginning of September. Instead, just two and a half weeks later, Gordon is starting to get ready for his return to the Royals lineup. He has already begun a throwing program, and within another week or so, could begin hitting again.
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This would certainly be a tremendous recovery for Alex Gordon. Initially thought to be out for eight weeks by the KC Royals training staff, Gordon has progressed far quicker than could have been imagined. Should his injured groin continue to feel better, and he is able to take the next step in his rehab, Gordon could be back in the Royals lineup far sooner than expected.
With the Royals rumored to be looking at upgrades in right and in the starting rotation, getting Gordon back that quickly would essentially be another trade deadline addition. Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando have done an admirable job filling in for Gordon, but they are simply not the same caliber of player.
As of this point, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic. Gordon has been able to use the treadmill and work out his lower body in the pool, while doing some light lifting with his legs. Thus far, he has been able to avoid any setbacks, allowing for the optimistic thought that Gordon could be back by the middle of August.
Even though he would likely need to go on a rehab assignment to get back into game shape, Alex Gordon is getting closer to returning to the KC Royals. This return could end up being a lot faster than expected.