Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times reports that Dee Gordon has been taking grounders at second base at Triple-A, which makes sense considering Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis is hurt and Gordon’s defense at shortstop was pretty bad last year.
Dilbeck says it’s more of a long-term thing, rather than some reaction to Ellis’ quadriceps injury, but either way it could help Gordon get back to the majors. Of course, regardless of his position Gordon also needs to show that he can handle big-league pitching after hitting .220 with a .561 OPS in 87 games last season.
Gordon’s speed is truly elite–he has 56 steals in 143 games as a major leaguer despite rarely being on base–but the Dodgers need to figure out where he can play defensively and whether he can be more than a utility man-caliber hitter.
Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.
Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.
Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.
Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.
Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.
But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.