In a move that’s a long time coming, indians manager Terry Francona informed center fielder Michael Bourn that he’ll be benched against left-handed pitching.
Bourn, a left-handed hitter, has batted just .248 with a .632 OPS off lefties for his career, compared to .275 with a .716 OPS off righties. And he’s 39-for-180 (.217) versus lefties since the beginning of last season.
When combined with his declining speed and range in center field Bourn’s production against right-handed pitching has also been weak enough to potentially just bench him, period, but the Indians owe the 32-year-old former All-Star about $25 million through 2016.
Cleveland signing Bourn and Nick Swisher to a pair of big contracts totaling $104 million prior to the 2013 season has worked out very, very badly.
The Mariners announced on Tuesday that second baseman Dee Gordon has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left quad. Infielder Tim Lopes was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and pitcher Parker Markel was designated for assignment.
Gordon, 31, apparently suffered the injury diving back into first base during Monday’s game against the Rangers. The speedster is batting .280/.306/.367 with 14 extra-base hits, 27 RBI, 26 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 284 plate appearances.
Lopes, 25, will provide infield depth for the Mariners while Gordon is on the mend. At Tacoma, Lopes hit .302/.362/.480 with 10 home runs, 60 RBI, 58 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases in 403 PA.
Gordon’s injury comes at a bad time for the Mariners with the July 31 trade deadline on the horizon. He is under contract for 2020 at $13.5 million and has a 2021 club option worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout. A contending team might have traded for Gordon. Now the Mariners will have to wait until the offseason to explore that possibility.