Dee Gordon suffered a torn ligament in his thumb and will have..."/> Dee Gordon suffered a torn ligament in his thumb and will have..."/>

Dodgers’ Dee Gordon to Undergo Surgery, Sidelined 6 Weeks

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Dee Gordon suffered a torn ligament in his thumb and will have to undergo surgery.  Steve Dilbeck of the Los

Angeles Times reported yesterday that Gordon will miss six weeks due to the injury and surgery.  The Dodgers have two All-Star caliber players on the DL in Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.  Gordon’s injury with further add to the club’s struggles.  Gordon suffered the injury on Wednesday while sliding into third base.

Gordon is struggling so far this year compared with hi break-out rookie campaign last year.  This season, he is hitting .229/.280/.282.  He has stole 30 bases this year to surpass his 2011 total.  However, last season Gordon hit .304/.325/.362.

The Dodgers are currently in first place in the National League West despite the injuries.  They are up by 1.5 in the West over the San Francisco Giants.  The defending Arizona Diamondbacks are fading after making a surge in June.  The DBacks are now 7 games back of the Dodgers.

Most people think the Dodgers are playing above their true talent level (But I’ll point out again, I picked the Dodgers to win the West).  They have already tried hitting the trade market with their pass at Carlos Lee.  Lee vetoed the trade and later shipped to the Marlins, but the Dodgers will surely be active before the July 31st deadline.

Gordon was drafted in the fourth round of the draft in 2008.  He is just 24 years old and under team control until 2018.  He has a bright future in Los Angeles if he can get his average and OBP back up toward the levels he showed in 2011.  His speed, glove, and youth are attractive pieces to hold on to.

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