Dee Gordon is sitting out the All-Star game with a dislocated left thumb suffered Saturday, but it sounds like the Marlins don’t expect the speedy second baseman to miss much time once the second half begins.
President of baseball operations Michael Hill told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that the team will hold off placing him on the disabled list in the hopes that Gordon can resume playing as soon as the second series of the second half.
Hill described the injury as “not as bad as it could have been” and said the Marlins didn’t even feel it necessary to give Gordon an MRI exam to look for ligament damage.
Gordon, who also made the All-Star team last year for the Dodgers, hit .338 with 33 steals and a .772 OPS in 84 first-half games.
Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler made a critical catch in the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Nationals. With the Cardinals leading 5-1, the Nationals were threatening with runners on first and second with one out against lefty Andrew Miller. Asdrúbal Cabrera worked a full count before serving a 3-2 outside slider to right field. The ball had home run distance, but Fowler tracked it, leaped at the wall, and robbed Cabrera of a three-run home run.
Carlos Martínez relieved Miller, getting Victor Robles to ground out to end the inning. The Cardinals would go on to win 5-1.
The game had playoff implications on both sides. The win bumped the Cardinals’ hold on first place in the NL Central to 2.5 games while the Nationals’ lead over the Cubs and Brewers for the first NL Wild Card shrinks to just one game.
The Nationals will close out their final road trip of the regular season with three games against the Marlins before hosting the Phillies for five games and the Indians for three. The Cardinals, meanwhile, begin their final road trip of the regular season with four against the Cubs followed by three against the Diamondbacks before closing out the season at home with three games versus the Cubs.