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Dee Gordon upset with J.A. Happ for hitting him with pitch

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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. Per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, X-rays weren’t conclusive so Gordon will undergo further testing on Friday.

Gordon was actually more upset with Happ than in pain, Divish reports. Gordon said, “I was pissed off. It was the second time he threw up by my head. You’ve got to get the ball down. You can’t throw that pitch. I got a family. You need to get the ball, you need to get the ball the f– down. That’s twice. If you can’t throw that pitch, don’t throw it.”

Here was the pitch in question:

As Gordon mentioned, both of Happ’s pitches in that third-inning at-bat were inside. Happ certainly wasn’t trying to hit Gordon on purpose — and it doesn’t sound like Gordon thinks that, either.

It is understandable why Gordon is frustrated, but pitchers do need the ability to pitch high and/or inside occasionally in order to be effective. Sometimes, they are going to miss their spot and hit a batter accidentally. It’s part of the game, for better or worse. Happ, with 34 hit batters across 1,574 career innings and an average walk rate of 2.6 batters per nine innings since 2015, doesn’t have control issues to the point where he should decide not to pitch in certain locations.

Dee Gordon placed on injured list due to quad strain

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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.