The Dodgers like what they’ve seen from their rookie shortstop Dee Gordon. So much, in fact, that they are discussing some changes for their infield.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before tonight’s game that Rafael Furcal could move to second base when he returns from the disabled list.
Furcal has been sidelined since June 4 due to a strained left oblique. The 33-year-old last appeared at second base in 2004 with the Braves, but hasn’t played there regularly since his rookie season in 2000. Considering that he’s in the final year of his three-year, $30 million contract and the Dodgers are fading fast in the NL West, this would be the appropriate time to make the switch.
Gordon, 23, is batting .268/.293/.321 with a 13/2 K/BB ratio over his first 59 major league plate appearances. He is 4-for-6 in stolen base attempts.
With last Wednesday’s start against the Yankees, Mariners hurler Hisashi Iwakuma pushed his 2016 innings total up to 2016. That clears the 162-inning hurdle for his 2017 option to vest at $14 million. However, as Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors reports, the language in Iwakuma’s contract also stipulates that the right-hander finish the season without suffering a specific injury.
Iwakuma, 35, was in agreement with the Dodgers on a three-year contract back in December but failed the physical, which nullified the deal. He ended up signing with the Mariners on a one-year, $12 million deal with a full no-trade clause and club options for 2017 and ’18 that vest at specific inning thresholds (162 each or 324 for both seasons).
This season, Iwakuma has stayed healthy, making 26 starts to the tune of a 14-9 record, a 3.81 ERA and a 118/36 K/BB ratio in 163 innings.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki deposited a single to left-center field in the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Mets, then added a double to center field in the eighth. Those mark hits No. 3,010 and 3,011 for Suzuki in his major league career, tying and then moving past Wade Boggs for sole possession of 27th on baseball’s all-time hits list.
Suzuki would come around to score on a double by Xavier Scruggs to break a scoreless tie in the eighth.
Here’s the video of Ichiro’s first hit.
By the end of the season, Suzuki will have presumably moved ahead of Rafael Palmeiro (26th; 3,020) and Lou Brock (25th; 3,023).
Suzuki was 2-for-4 after the double. With baseball’s fifth month nearly complete, the 42-year-old is currently batting .298/.371/.373.