Lincoln native and former Nebraska Cornhusker Alex Gordon was sent down to the AAA Omaha by the Kansas City Royals as he continues what many will say is rehab from a broken thumb. The reality is the Royals may have run out of patience with Gordon.
Kansas City’s manager Trey Hillman has made it clear that he plans to play Alberto Callaspo and Chris Getz ahead of Gordon, who is just 6 of 31 in 12 big league games this season after breaking his thumb in a spring training game in early March. In addition to Callaspo and Getz, Hillman now has Mike Aviles who was called up in place of Gordon, plus the Royals acquired Josh Fields from the Chicago White Sox this past off season. Fields is out for the season as he recovers from hip surgery.
Callaspo is hitting .292 with four homers and 16 RBI this season. Getz has struggled at the plate as well as Gordon, but Hillman sees many other attributes such as defense and his ability to play other positions as a key.
Fans in Omaha will get a look at Gordon starting tonight when the O-Royals open a four game series with Oklahoma City.