Dee dislocates thumb, will miss All-Star Game

X-rays negative; Marlins believe second baseman avoided ligament damage

Dee dislocates thumb, will miss All-Star Game

MIAMI -- Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, voted in by the fans as a National League All-Star starter, dislocated his left thumb sliding headfirst into first base in the seventh inning of Saturday's 14-3 win at Marlins Park.

The team announced the diagnosis in a somber clubhouse. As disappointing as it is that Gordon will miss Tuesday's Midsummer Classic, the Marlins remain hopeful the injury is not too serious. An X-ray came back negative, and the team believes there is no ligament damage.

"There definitely is some relief that it's not as bad as it could have been," Gordon said. "I knew as soon as I hit it that it wasn't right."

More on Gordon's status will be known in the upcoming days. But Miami did make a roster move immediately following Saturday's win, optioning Adam Conley, Saturday's winning pitcher, to Triple-A New Orleans and recalling infielder Donovan Solano, who can play second base, from New Orleans.

The Marlins hammered out a season-high 21 hits, including three by Gordon, but the mood was somber postgame because of Gordon's injury.

"You can't sit here and cry about it," Gordon said. "You can't sit and cry about something that happened when you play the game the way I play. I'm going to play it like that probably when I come back, too. I don't really dive headfirst into first that often, but I wasn't sure if he was going to tag me or not. I had to go out a little further and try something I usually don't do going for the base like that."

Leading off the seventh inning against reliever Manny Parra, Gordon bounced to first, where the ball was handled by Joey Votto. Gordon outraced Parra to first and he was safe on his head-first slide, but he jammed his thumb on the base.

That style of play will occasionally result in injury, but Miami isn't asking Gordon to change his game.

"Dee's such an energy player," manager Dan Jennings said. "He exerted every bit of his energy to get that base hit. Another three-hit game for him. You hate seeing that. It dampers a big day for us."

Gordon leads the Majors with 122 hits, the most ever by a Marlin before the All-Star break, and he has 33 stolen bases.

Despite the dislocation, the second baseman isn't ruling out the possibility he will avoid a disabled list stint.

"I think I'm a quick healer," he said. "We'll see how it goes."

The Marlins are already without right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who is on the DL with a broken hamate bone in his left hand. Like Gordon, Stanton was voted in as a starter for the All-Star Game. Miami has never had two players voted in as starters in the same season. Now neither will be participating.

"When it rains it pours, apparently," Stanton said. "Never good to see. I just feel bad that he won't be able to go and make his first start in the All-Star Game.

"He got hurt giving his all. You can't second guess. You can say, 'Shouldn't have dove. Shouldn't have done this.' Whatever. He's trying to make plays. He's trying to make stuff happen. It's unfortunate, obviously."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.