Gordon returns to KC lineup after brief illness

Gordon returns to KC lineup after brief illness

KANSAS CITY -- One day after missing his first game of the season because of flu, left fielder Alex Gordon was back in the Royals' lineup on Friday night against the Mariners.

"He feels better, he's much stronger," manager Ned Yost said. "He ate breakfast, he had lunch, he's able to keep everything down. He's feeling much better."

Gordon missed Thursday's 2-1 streak-ending loss to the Tigers at Comerica Park. His stomach had been churning during Wednesday's game as well.

"He threw up in the middle of the game the day before," Yost said.

Right fielder Nori Aoki, slowed by a groin strain, was held out of the starting lineup on Friday night.

"It's just a slight little strain that guys can play through and deal with," he said.

Lorenzo Cain moved over to right field and Jarrod Dyson played center field. Yost figures he'll play Aoki on Saturday and rest Cain.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.