Alex Gordon out with broken thumb

Updated: March 7, 2010, 4:16 PM ET
Associated Press

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals third baseman Alex Gordon is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks with a broken right thumb.

Manager Trey Hillman said Sunday that Gordon probably will miss the Kansas City Royals' April 5 opener against the Detroit Tigers, but the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 draft is optimistic about his chances of playing.

"That's the way I'm taking it," Gordon said. "Hopefully, I'll be able to get into games at the end of spring training. I really ...

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