Originally the Miami Marlins had two players voted in as All-Star starters, but after Giancarlo Stanton went down with a handinjury a couple of weeks ago they were down to just Dee Gordon. Sticking with the tune of this Marlins season, Gordon injured his thumb in the team's second to last game before the all-star break. Gordon will not be playing in tonight's game, but he is in Cincinnati as a representative of the Marlins.
Although Gordon will not be making an appearance in the All-Star game itself, the Marlins received some good news about the health of their speedy second baseman. Michael Hill told reporters that Gordon could avoid making a stint on the disabled list and return soon after this weekend's series against the Phillies.
There were a couple of questions surrounding Dan Haren as he entered his first season as a Marlin: how effective could he still be at age 34, and did the veteran pitcher actually want to play for the Marlins. To much of a surprise, Haren has answered the first question by being the Marlins steadiest pitcher in the first half of the season.
As for the second question surrounding Haren he may be happy as a Marlin, but he could be shipped out of Miami come July 31.
Coming into this season there was a general consensus that the Marlins farm system was not as strong as it had been in years prior. Minor League Ball did a mid-season update on the top-75 prospects and that consensus was strengthened.
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