"Alex reached out just prior to Christmas to report that he was experiencing some right wrist discomfort during his offseason workouts," Royals head athletic trainer Nick Kenney said in a statement. "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."
The Royals have not announced any timetable for Gordon's recovery, but he is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
Gordon, a two-time All-Star, batted .266 with 19 home runs and 74 RBIs last season, and he collected his fourth consecutive Gold Glove Award.
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