Royals' Alex Gordon hopes injury break helps struggles

Even before Alex Gordon hurt his wrist he was hurting ... at the plate.

Gordon was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday after fracturing his right wrist in a collision with Kansas City Royals teammate Mike Moustakas. Gordon heads to the bench hitting .211 with four homers and 10 RBIs.

He was asked Tuesday by reporters if the injury gives him a mental break from his struggles.

"Because I've sucked so far this year?" Gordon said, according to the Kansas City Star. "Pretty much."

Gordon has been an All-Star the last three seasons.

After a solid start to the season, the defending champion Royals lost 11 of 14 games to fall seven games behind the Chicago White Sox in the Central Division. Gordon batted .217 with one homer and two RBIs during that stretch.

The Royals have rebounded to pull within two games of Chicago, but Gordon has continued to struggle.

"Obviously, I haven't played the way I've wanted to this year so far," Gordon said, according to the Star. "But the unfortunate part is, in baseball you always have tomorrow, and right now, I don't have that. I just got to keep my head up. And hopefully when I come back, I'll be feeling a little bit better at the plate and hopefully will help this team out a little bit more than I have so far this year."

Gordon only played 104 games during the regular season last year, in large part due to a groin strain suffered in July, but he had appeared in 42 of the Royals' first 44 games this season. The four-time Gold Glove left fielder was at a loss to explain his issues at the plate, however.

"It just hasn't clicked for me yet," Gordon said, according to the newspaper. "If I could explain it, I would probably be feeling a little bit better out there."