Gordon still has not reported to Minnesota's alternate site camp in St. Paul after testing positive for COVID-19, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "There are some protocols as to when you would test and subsequently test from an onset of symptoms and then from whenever symptoms do stop, so he's in that protocol," president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said. Gordon was showing symptoms, according to Falvey, so he'll likely need some time to get back to full speed even when cleared to practice. Falvey said Gordon is feeling fine now. However, at this point he may not be an option for the Twins at the major-league level if needed for depth until the second half of the season.
Gordon has tested positive for COVID-19, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Gordon will be kept apart from his teammates until MLB protocols allow him to return. The lost time this month will hurt his ability to be ready early in the season, though he could make an impact down the line as he's on the Twins' 40-man roster and hit a solid .298/.342/.459 in 70 games at Triple-A Rochester last season.
The Twins optioned Gordon to Triple-A Rochester on March 9. In a repeat season at Rochester in 2019, Gordon showed significant improvement at the dish, but his .298/.342/.459 slash line (102 wRC+) still only translated to just above league-average production. While the 2014 first-round pick should eventually make his MLB debut at some point this season, the Twins likely view him as a more of a utility infielder over the long haul.
Gordon made his spring debut Thursday, starting at second base and going 0-for-2. He hadn't played in a game since early August of last season because of a gastrointestinal issue, MLB.com reports. Gordon says the gastrointestinal issue has bothered him the last two seasons, reducing his playing weight from 185 pounds to 160 pounds during the 2018 season. After posting just a 52 wRC+in 2018, Gordon hit .298 with a .808 OPS and 102 wRC+ in 2019. He played just 70 games, however, missing time with a lower-leg bruise, a left adductor strain and the gastrointestinal ailment. Gordon, the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft, is no longer seen as the shortstop of the future and may move to second base. He'll begin the year at Triple-A and could be called up during the season. It's possible he could improve significantly at the plate with better health.
Gordon was placed on the 7-day injured list Monday due to a lower left leg bruise, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Gordon was struck by a pitch over the weekend, and he'll need at least a brief trip to the shelf as a result. He's slashing .298/.342/.459 with four homers, 40 RBI and 14 stolen bases over 70 games this season for Triple-A Rochester.