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Dee Gordon to undergo thumb surgery, expected to miss six weeks

Jul 5, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

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More injury woes for the Dodgers.

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dee Gordon needs surgery on his right thumb and is expected to miss six weeks. The speedy shortstop left last night’s game with what was initially diagnosed as a dislocated thumb, but it turns out he suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Luis Cruz will make the start at shortstop tonight while Elian Herrera and Jerry Hairston represent other in-house options. Gordon was struggling even before the injury, so it will be interesting to see whether Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti makes an addition before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Gordon leads the majors with 30 stolen bases, but he’s hitting just .229/.280/.282 with one home run, 17 RBI and a .562 OPS in 78 games. His 17 errors lead all position players.

  1. highlander24 - Jul 6, 2012 at 5:58 AM

    Best of luck to Dee.

  2. jss7676 - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    I hope he gets back soon and wish him the best. The dodgers have really been hit hard with injuries with either and kemp are still on the dl.

  3. moogro - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    I’ve never understood why they don’t put on firm-webbed protective gloves while running bases. I bet we see them soon.

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