Gordon gets at-bats, plays field in Minor League game
Royals outfielder to make Cactus League debut Saturday
By Doug Miller
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Alex Gordon hit a walk-off home run on Friday.
OK, it wasn't a real game-winner. It was a Minor League game against the Padres on a Surprise back field under a controlled environment, with Gordon allowed to lead off every inning for the Royals to get at-bats for his 2015 Cactus League debut against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch on Saturday.
But on the second pitch of his final at-bat of the game, Gordon took right-hander Tony Rizzotti over the wall in left center field for a day-ending, opposite-field round-tripper.
It capped off a day in which Gordon doubled twice, ran the bases well and played five innings in left field, although he didn't get a ball hit his way, according to Royals manager Ned Yost.
"Of course, as soon as he came out, the first ball was hit to left," Yost said with a smile.
The Royals can afford to be comfortable now that Gordon will get back on the field in real exhibition games after coming back from offseason wrist surgery, although Yost said it was never a major concern.
"It really wasn't a whole lot of uncertainty," Yost said. "We knew that Gordy would get in there and get it fixed. He's generally a fast healer, so we had a real high level of confidence that he was going to be ready to go Opening Day. And he's been right on schedule all along."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.