Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson has been suspended one game for his role in Monday’s benches-emptying dust-up with Joe Musgrove and the Pirates. Donaldson has filed an appeal, which means he can continue to play until the appeal process completes.
In the first inning of Monday’s game, Musgrove grazed Donaldson’s uniform with a fastball. The two exchanged terse words which led to the benches spilling onto the field. Order was restored quickly.
Donaldson, 33, is batting .237/.357/.419 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 255 plate appearances for the Braves this season. If Donaldson’s suspension is upheld, Johan Camargo would likely get the start at third base in his absence.
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.