Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon was scheduled to begin his rehab assignment Monday, but a rainout resulted in a double-header for Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday.
Gordon, who is set to return from his PED suspension July 28, was eligible to begin playing in minor league games Monday. He exited the second game of the doubleheader with a cramp, according to MLB.com’s Emmanuel Pepis.
Gordon didn’t leave the box cleanly on his way to first base, according to Pepis. He went 0-for-5 between the two contest.
It doesn’t seem Gordon will be out for an extended period of time, and if he is able to remain healthy, Gordon will likely join the Marlins for the first game of a four game series with St. Louis at Marlins Park.
Miami, specifically Manager Don Mattingly, will have to determine how to use Gordon when he returns. The Marlins said they would “be creative,” though it seems Gordon will have the opportunity to start at second base.
Since Gordon, as part of the PED use suspension, isn’t eligible to play in the post-season, the Marlins will also have to keep Derek Dietrich in the lineup. If the Marlins make the playoffs, Dietrich would likely be the starter at second base.
Dietrich, 27, is taking advantage of the opportunity to start. Over 81 games, he’s batting .285/.375/.414 with four home runs and 29 RBIs.