Gordon's timing right in belting first spring HR

Gordon's timing right in belting first spring HR

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals manager Ned Yost said he is not concerned with left fielder Alex Gordon's slow start this spring in Cactus League games.

"He's still getting his timing down," Yost said. "He'll be fine.

"The big thing is he's not hurting. He's sore a little sometimes, but generally OK."

Through seven games entering Monday's contest against the Rangers, Gordon was hitting just .125 with no extra-base hits. He went 3-for-4, including belting his first homer of the spring, in the Royals' 11-7 win at Surprise Stadium.

"You'd like to see more results but really you're just trying to get your work done," Gordon said. "There's a lot of work being done behind the scenes that's just as important [as games]."

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Gordon is recovering from December surgery on his right wrist. Gordon said a few days ago that he was still gaining strength in the wrist.

Gordon may be a candidate to get a day or two off during the regular season's first month to make sure the wrist isn't stressed.

"We'll have to go day to day with him and see how he feels," Yost said. "We do have two off-days the first two weeks. And we'll just see after that.

"I know one day he came in real sore recently and I thought about banging him [from the lineup] but he went to the cage and it loosened up, and we put him in. It's been kind of like that."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.