MLB picks Brett Gardner to replace injured Alex Gordon on All-Star team

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Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is expected to miss two months following Wednesday’s gruesome-looking groin injury and MLB wasted no time naming his replacement for the All-Star game: Brett Gardner of the Yankees.

Gordon was voted in as a starter for the American League, whereas Gardner will begin the game on the bench and someone–Adam Jones of the Orioles, perhaps?–will slide into the AL’s starting lineup.

Gardner was among the five AL players involved in the “Final Vote” contest, but was not doing well in the voting early on. So now he gets to skip that step and become a first-time All-Star at age 31 after hitting .298 with nine homers, 15 steals, and an .856 OPS in 78 games for the Yankees.

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

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Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.