The Seattle Mariners hadn’t set a beginning pitcher for Wednesday afternoon’s recreation towards the Texas Rangers earlier than they introduced middle fielder Dee Gordon can be returning to the infield.
With All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano suspended eighty video games Tuesday by Main League Baseball for a failed offseason drug test, Mariners common supervisor Jerry Dipoto and supervisor Scott Servais sat down with Gordon and determined the perfect transfer for the staff was to maneuver the previous Gold Glove winner again to second.
“I’ve performed the place, however contemplating the circumstances, it’s undoubtedly not the way you need it to occur, particularly to a terrific man like Robbie,” Gordon stated. “I’m simply going to attempt to assist us for this season and see what we will do to attempt to get to the postseason.”
Gordon, the Nationwide League’s Gold Glove winner at second base whereas with the Miami Marlins in 2015, had by no means performed the outfield earlier than being acquired by the Mariners in an offseason commerce.
Gordon took grounders at second previous to Tuesday’s collection opener at Safeco Subject, however the Mariners stated they may give him a couple of days to get snug there.
“Like I stated once I first obtained right here, I’m simply right here to assist us win ballgames, it doesn’t matter what I’ve acquired to do,” Gordon stated. “That is simply a part of it, and we’ll see the way it goes.”
Servais stated Gordon will work with infield coach Manny Acta for the subsequent few days.
“It’s fairly straightforward with Dee,” Servais stated. “He needs to do no matter goes to assist the group win, and positively he’s very gifted, he’s gained a Gold Glove at second base. The factor that stood out for Dee, he’s an incredible athlete and actually good teammate. He needs to do what’s going to assist us win.”
Cano went on the disabled listing with a fractured proper hand after getting hit by a pitch Sunday in Detroit, and is predicted to bear surgical procedure Wednesday in Philadelphia.
Dipoto indicated the Mariners doubtless would have left Gordon within the outfield if Cano’s absence had been restricted to a stint on the disabled record. However the suspension will hold him out till mid-August.
“The one factor we stated once we acquired Dee, we didn’t need to jerk him forwards and backwards,” Dipoto stated. “We don’t need to transfer him round haphazardly. So giving him the chance to maneuver in for a time, after which transfer again when that turns into a actuality, is one thing we’re dedicated to, if actually he strikes there full time.”
Gordon stated he’ll possible really feel “much less edge” when he’s again at second, given he’s been an infielder his whole profession earlier than this season.
“I’m not going to take a seat right here and inform you that some days, when it didn’t go too nicely in middle, that I didn’t want I used to be again at second. However this was the circumstance we’ve, and we simply should proceed to maneuver ahead,” Gordon stated.
The Rangers additionally misplaced a key participant Tuesday as third baseman Adrian Beltre went on the disabled record for the second time this season with a strained left hamstring. Beltre underwent an MRI that confirmed a Grade 1 pressure, which is taken into account delicate. He’s anticipated to overlook 2-three weeks.
“Clearly, it’s an damage I’ve been coping with. Sure, it has been extra prickly. Give myself sufficient time to get again and be wholesome,” Beltre, 39, stated. “I don’t take into consideration (the longer term). It’s one thing I’ve no energy over. I’m on the disabled listing. I can’t do nothing about something.”
The Mariners will oppose a longtime nemesis within the collection finale in proper-hander Bartolo Colon (1-1, three.32 ERA). He’s 20-12 with a three.89 in 38 profession begins towards the Mariners and is thirteen-1 with a 2.12 ERA at Safeco Subject, the very best profitable proportion for a pitcher with no less than 10 begins within the stadium’s historical past.
Colon is tentatively scheduled to face proper-hander Christian Bergman, who can be referred to as up from Triple-A Tacoma to make his 2018 debut. Bergman (four-5, 5.00 ERA final season) is 1-zero with a 2.89 ERA in two profession appearances (one begin) towards the Rangers.
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