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Dee Gordon hit by pitch on wrist, exits game

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Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon was hit on the right wrist by a J.A. Happ pitch in the third inning of Thursday night’s game against the Yankees. According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, it “looked like a bad one.”

The Mariners should pass along an update on Gordon’s status shortly. He walked in his first plate appearance and is currently batting .304/.336/.406 with three home runs, 19 RBI, 14 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 151 plate appearances on the season.

Dylan Moore replaced Gordon at second base in Thursday’s game. He would figure to be the short-term fill-in if Gordon needs to go on the injured list. The Mariners could consider calling up prospect Shed Long or J.P. Crawford if needed.

Indians to activate José Ramírez tomorrow

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Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.

That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.

Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.

It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.