OF Gordon scratched with stiff back
Manager Ned Yost said he has "a 1 percent" concern over Gordon's sore back being serious.
Gordon will miss Kansas City's exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Gordon, who led the majors with 51 doubles last season, took some swings in the batting cage, but the back failed to loosen up. The two-time Gold Glove winner in left field will be replaced by Xavier Nady.
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