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Gordon scratched with tightness in back


SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Alex Gordon was scratched from the Royals' lineup because of a back problem about four hours before Monday's game against the Diamondbacks.

"A little back stiffness, it's right where your rear end meets your back. Went in and took some swings, and it was still tight," manager Ned Yost said. "This is way too early to be pushing anything, so we made a lineup change."

Xavier Nady replaced Gordon in left field, and center fielder Jarrod Dyson moved up in the lineup and took Gordon's leadoff spot.

Any concern over Gordon's condition?

"Zero concern," Yost said, then amended that: "One percent concern."

Gordon had played in two of the first three Cactus League games and was 2-for-4. He was scheduled to play Tuesday against Cleveland, but now that is uncertain.

Meanwhile, pitcher Francisley Bueno, who took a sharp ground ball off his left wrist in Saturday's game, had nothing more than a bruise.

"He's bueno, he's fine," Yost said.

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