The hope that All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon would be able to avoid time on the disabled list turned out to be short-lived.
Before beginning a weekend series at Citizen Bank Park, the Miami Marlins learned they will be without their speedy leadoff hitter throughout the 10-day trip to open the second half of the season. Gordon was placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 11 when he dislocated his left thumb on a headfirst slide into first base.
There was some consolation in the return of Martin Prado, who was activated to take Gordon’s spot on the roster. Prado, out since June 14 with a sprained shoulder, will take Gordon’s place at second base in his absence.
Prado has played third base exclusively since the Marlins acquired him in an offseason trade with the Yankees, but he has considerable experience at second. He made the All-Star team as a second baseman in 2010 while with Braves.
Utilizing Prado at second will enable Casey McGehee, who rejoined the Marlins a week ago, to get most of the playing time at third while Gordon recovers.
The earliest Gordon could return to the lineup would be July 28.
Gordon leads the major leagues with 122 hits and is third in the National League in batting with a .338 average.
White Sox deciding to buy or sell
General manager Rick Hahn says the Chicago White Sox are still deciding if they will try to add or sell players.
The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is approaching. The White Sox won 13 of 20 games before the All-Star break after struggling most of the way.
The White Sox began the day last in the A.L. Central and 5 1/2 games out of the wild card despite their recent surge.
Clearing the bases
The Braves extended the contracts of manager Fredi Gonzalez and his coaches through the 2016 season with club options for 2017. His record with the Braves is 400-337, including the 2013 N.L. East title. … The Yankees reinstated INF Brendan Ryan and optioned INF Gregorio Petit to the minors. … The Nationals placed RHP David Carpenter on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation and recalled LHP Sammy Solis from Double-A Harrisburg. … The Diamondbacks agreed to terms with SS Dansby Swanson, the first overall pick in this year’s draft. The agreement came just before the 5 p.m., EDT, deadline. … The Cardinals activated All-Star Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list and optioned rookie LHP Nick Greenwood to Triple-A Memphis. … The Braves signed LHP Ross Detwiler and RHP Jason Frasor for the remainder of the season. The team also recalled OF Joey Terdoslavich and RHP Ryan Kelly from Triple-A Gwinnett and put closer Jason Grilli on the disabled list with a season-ending Achilles injury. … The Dodgers signed first-round draft pick pitcher Walker Buehler, but failed to reach a deal with RHP Kyle Funkhouser, making the Louisville pitcher the only first-round selection not to sign. The Dodgers made Funkhouser the 35th overall pick, but they couldn’t agree on compensation and he will stay in school.
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