Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals is carted...

Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals is carted off the field following an injury during the fourth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium on July 8, 2015 in Kansas City, Mo. Credit: Getty Images / Jamie Squire

The Royals have placed outfielder Alex Gordon on the disabled list with a strained groin and reinstated right-hander Yordano Ventura to start Thursday's series finale against Tampa Bay.

Kansas City also optioned right-hander Aaron Brooks to Triple-A Omaha and recalled left-hander Brandon Finnegan from the same club.

Gordon was injured while tracking a fly ball in the fourth inning of Wednesday night's win over the Rays. He crumpled to the field near the warning track and lay there for several minutes, eventually needing a cart to leave the field. He later underwent an MRI.

It was still not known how long the All-Star would be out.

Ventura has been on the disabled list with ulnar neuritis, a condition that caused numbness in his pitching hand.

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