Posted by: Larry Smith Jr. | March 9, 2010

Alex Gordon Is Hurt (Again)

Alex Gordon was once a top prospect in this league.  Alex Gordon is 26 years old.   There is still time for Alex Gordon to turn it around, but time is running out.

And this did not help.

On Sunday the oft-injured Third Baseman suffered a fracture in his right thumb while sliding headfirst into second base on a stolen base attempt.   While right now the Royals are saying that this injury shouldn’t cost him significant time off during the season (and there are reasons to doubt the reliability of the Royals medical diagnoses) and that he should be back sometime around the second week of the year, for a player who has underperformed so thoroughly thus far relative to his expectations and who is coming off of an injury-stricken season (he required hip surgery last season), Gordon needed every day of Spring Training and unfortunately it now is all lost.

Worse yet, because the injury is to his throwing hand, he cannot even do much in the way of training at all for the season, other than fielding ground balls and some exercises.   This is disappointing news for a Royals team that in all likelihood was staring another last place finish in the face anyway, but had designs on at the very least seeing what the future might look like with a few of their younger acquisitions in the lineup for a full year, like Getz (acquired in a trade with the White Sox), Butler, and Gordon.    This sets back Gordon’s development even if he comes back when the Royals staff says that he will.

It’s unfortunate to see what appears to be injuries derailing a promising career, but what is not ambiguous is that when Gordon returns he absolutely needs to show that he is on the path to becoming the player he was at the University of Nebraska and with Wichita in 2006, because the prospect clock is ticking on him and time is almost up.



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  2. It is unfortunate that a major league player lacks the fundamental skill of sliding feet-first into a base thus avoiding hand injuries which are otherwise predictable with the head first slide. Bryce Harper recently returned to active duty after a similar injury.

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