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By SI Wire
July 14, 2014

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

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

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