Marlins Place Gordon On DL, Activate Prado
All year-long, Dee Gordon has provided consistent production for the Miami Marlins. Sadly the speedster found another way to be consistent Friday afternoon, as he became the fifth Opening Day starter (sixth if you count Henderson Alvarez) to find his way onto the disabled list in 2015.
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Already knocked out of the All-Star Game on account of a dislocated left thumb sustained last weekend against the Cincinnati Reds, he will now be placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 12th. Gordon remains the MLB leader in hits, enjoying an eight hit cushion over his next closest rival.
In a corresponding move, one of those Opening Day starters will actually be returning to the lineup, as Martin Prado is finally back after a month-long absence.
Prado, like Gordon, was also felled by an obscure base-running injury; Gordon dislocated his finger sliding into first, while Prado sprained his shoulder tripping over the first baseman and the bag.
The soonest Gordon will be eligible to return is after the club’s ten game road trip, just in time for a pivotal series against the first place Washington Nationals in Miami. While there is never a good time to be without an All-Star leadoff man, fans could take some solace in the fact that all three teams Miami will face on this road trip are below .500.
With Gordon out of the lineup, Prado will slide over from third to second; the recently reacquired Casey McGehee will continue to handle third base duties.
For fans wondering if Prado will be able to handle the switch, bear in mind that the veteran started his career in more of a super utility mold. In 262 games at second-base, Prado actually has a higher fielding percentage than he does at third.
And just to throw some fuel for future speculation out there once Gordon does return, it might be of interest to note that- in an albeit small sample size of only 56 games- the highest fielding percentage position mark of Prado’s career is actually at first base.
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