The Heart and Hustle Award is the only one in MLB voted on by former players. Toward the end of this season, MLBPAA alumni and active players will vote to select a national Heart and Hustle winner from among the 30 club nominees. Josh Harrison of the Pirates won the award last season.
Gordon's hustle also played a role in the thumb injury that landed him on the disabled list.
Manager Dan Jennings on Tuesday said he watched video of Gordon taking swings off the tee in Florida and said the MLB hits leader looked good.
"He looked comfortable," Jennings said. "No projected timetable yet, but it's good to see he's showing strength in his hand and thumb."
Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.