Alex Gordon had surgery to repair a torn labral cartilage in his right hip on Friday. The initial report is for a full recovery in 10 to 12 weeks, which would be June 26 to July 10.
Gordon's surgery was performed in Colorado by Marc Philippon, a specialist sometimes known as the "hip doctor to the stars." Philippon recently performed a similar procedure on Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, whose recovery is projected to last nine weeks.
Gordon was not immediately available for comment. He had a slow start at the plate, going just two for 21 with one homer and eight strikeouts. It's unclear how much the hip injury had to do with it, though it's worth noting that Gordon first felt "tightness" in his hip on opening day.
The Royals have indicated that Mark Teahen will get most of the time at third base in Gordon's absence. Teahen had been playing right field in place of the injured Jose Guillen, who is due back next Friday. Mitch Maier, who is replacing Gordon on the Royals' roster, is expected to share time in right field with Willie Bloomquist until Guillen returns.
The Royals had hoped that Gordon, in his third season, would blossom this summer and become the middle-of-the-lineup presence so many expected when he was drafted second overall in 2005.
"I expect him to come back and be very productive for us," general manager Dayton Moore said. "Until then, we've got some other guys who need to step up."