Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is intent on playing Friday after missing the last four games due to a wrist sprain, according to The Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough.
One of three Royals -- along with catcher Salvador Perez and relief pitcher Greg Holland -- named to the American League All-Star team, Gordon, 30, suffered the injury during the team's recent series in Cleveland and re-aggravated it last Monday against Tampa Bay.
Manager Ned Yost discussed the injury last week. From MLB.com:
Yost insisted: "I don't think we're going to have to DL him. It's a sprained wrist. I think he's going to go in, they're going to check it and they're going to inject it, and then, he's going to have four days [during the Detroit series] and four days [during the All-Star period], and he's going to be fine. If I put him on the DL, I'll lose him for another week."
Gordon, the No. 2 pick in the 2005 draft, is batting .268 with nine home runs and 44 RBI this season. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar replaced Gordon on the American League All-Star roster.
The Royals opened Monday six and a half games back of Detroit in the American League Central and two and a half games back of the second wild card spot.
-- Chris Johnson