With the Mariners announcing last week that they’d be transitioning Dee Gordon back to second base for the foreseeable future, forcing two platoon outfielders into full time roles, it felt like it was only a matter of time before the Mariners made a move to rid themselves of a backup infielder in favor of another outfielder. Not so fast.
#Mariners recall INF Daniel Vogelbach from AAA Tacoma. Seattle has placed INF Dee Gordon on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to May 21) with a fractured right great toe.— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) May 22, 2018
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All of a sudden, it seems Gordon Beckham’s audition for an everyday role has been extended.
Although no timetable has been announced yet for an expected return to the field, a precursory Google search indicates a “more severe injury that requires casting, reduction, or surgery will take possibly 6 to 8 weeks to heal.” That said, there’s been no mention as of yet of a surgery scheduled for Gordon, and he reportedly is on the current road trip with the team. Additionally, the fact that he’d been playing through the injury should provide some optimism that it’s not a severe fracture and may require a shorter DL stint.
It remains to be seen exactly how Vogelbach will fit into the lineup on a day-to-day basis, but the obvious hope is that his .301/.449/.711 line in Tacoma will translate to some production at the big league level. One possible way to shoehorn his bat into the lineup is to shatter that “BREAK GLASS IN CASE OF EMERGENCY” box and active The Trupin PlanTM, as suggested by our own John Trupin just yesterday. Such a move would require a lot of moving parts, something that’s less than ideal for a club that would qualify for the playoffs if the season ended today, but frankly, a lot of the events that have transpired over the last week are less-than-ideal. The Mariners will just have to absorb this blow, as they have everything else that’s come their way this season.