Dee Gordon is skipping the All-Star game with thumb injury, but won’t miss much time for Marlins


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.

Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name

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The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan report that Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeos under a fake name as recently as December. The fake name is Mason Saunders. Bumgarner explains that “Mason” is shortened from “Madison,” while “Saunders” is his wife’s maiden name.

Bumgarner — err, Saunders — and one of his rodeo partners, Jaxson Tucker, won $26,560 in a team-roping rodeo competition in December. The Rancho Rio Arena posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, highlighting that they roped four steers in 31.36 seconds.

As Baggarly and Buchanan point out, Bumgarner also pointed out in a rodeo competition last March, just a couple days before pitching in a Cactus League game versus the Athletics, back when he was still with the Giants.

Bumgarner suffered bruised ribs and a left shoulder AC sprain in 2017 when he got into a dirt bike accident. Given that, Bumgarner’s latest extracurricular activity does raise a concern for the Diamondbacks, who inked him to a five-year, $85 million contract two months ago. Baggarly and Buchanan asked Bumgarner about such a concern. Bumgarner referred them to the club’s managing partner Ken Kendrick. Kendrick directed them to GM Mike Hazen. Hazen declined speaking about “specific contract language.” For what it’s worth, Bumgarner says he primarily uses his right hand to rope.

The jig is up on Bumgarner’s hobby. He jokingly said to The Athletic’s pair, “I’m nervous about this interview right now.” He added, “I’m upset with both you two.”