Rehabbing Gordon takes first on-field BP

Minor League assignment to test groin not yet scheduled

Rehabbing Gordon takes first on-field BP

KANSAS CITY -- Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, on the disabled list because of a strained left groin, took batting practice on the field before Saturday's game, the first time he has done that since the injury on July 8.

Gordon was all smiles beforehand.

"This is what I've been waiting for," he said.

Once in the cage, Gordon looked like he always does in BP -- he roped balls to all parts of the park and sent a few screaming over the fences.

Gordon injured running in left

Gordon also took some fly balls in left field, though his routes to the ball were very measured and controlled.

"I don't think hitting is going to be the issue," Gordon said. "I think that part of the recovery is going to be fine. It's going to be playing in the outfield the same way I expect to play. I have to be able to move side to side. That's why we're not trying to rush anything."

Gordon, a four-time Gold Glover, said he will continue to take BP in the cage on the field for at least a week or two. There is no timetable, he said, for him to go out on a rehab assignment.

Gordon also said he had his four-week MRI on the groin, which was diagnosed as a grade two-plus strain originally.

"It looked good, and just the way it is supposed to look if it's healing well," he said.

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.