No doubt, the last two seasons have been awfully tough for Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon. Since winning the 2015 World Series and signing a $72 million contract, Gordon has hit .214/.302/.346 (73 OPS+) in 276 games. Ouch.

Things are not going much better for Gordon this spring either. He is currently 4 for 46 (.087) with one extra-base hit and 17 strikeouts. During an in-game interview Tuesday night, Royals manager Ned Yost admitted Gordon has said he will "go to the minor leagues and get a bunch of at-bats" if he doesn't turn it around at the plate soon.

Of course, Gordon and Yost were referring to the team's minor-league spring training camp, not the actual minor leagues when the regular season begins. Minor-league spring games are pretty informal, and Gordon would be able to get upwards of 10-12 at-bats a day. It's fairly common. Lots of players do it. As long as there are pitchers to pitch, players can get as many at-bats as they want in minor-league camp.

That didn't stop Yost's comments from getting misinterpreted on social media as Gordon going to the actual minor leagues come Opening Day.