Dee Gordon says he’ll slide from now on.
His failure to do so in Thursday night’s ninth inning led to a minor hamstring injury and a day off on Friday.
“Just precautionary,” Marlins general manager Dan Jennings said. “We’re just making sure it doesn’t lead to anything significant.”
Gordon and the Marlins expect the majors’ leading hitter to return to the lineup on Saturday. To prove to reporters that the injury isn’t serious, the second baseman performed a few jumping jacks in front of his locker.
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Gordon tweaked his leg while scoring in the ninth on Thursday. He stepped awkwardly on the plate while eluding catcher Buster Posey’s swipe tag and appeared to limp back to the dugout. But he went back out to play the field in the bottom of the ninth.
“If I had just slid, we wouldn’t even have this conversation,” Gordon said. “I should have slid. It’s my fault. It’s no one else’s fault.”
yelich makes return
With Gordon on the shelf for one game, manager Mike Redmond put Christian Yelich in the leadoff spot. Yelich was activated from the disabled list on Friday.
“How about that?” Yelich said of his return to the leadoff spot on his first day back.
Yelich said the bulging disc in his back that forced him to the disabled list has subsided, and he is back to 100 percent.
But he will begin a new training regimen that focuses on building back strength and avoiding a repeat injury. Back issues caused Yelich to go on the DL last season, too.
To make room for Yelich on the roster, infielder Reid Brignac was designated for assignment. Brignac has an opt-out clause in his contract and could become a free agent. The Marlins are hoping he will remain in the organization.
▪ Marcell Ozuna is glad his power drought is over. Ozuna hit his first home run of the season on Thursday, a two-run shot off Tim Hudson.
Ozuna said he was starting to become frustrated while going without a homer. His teammates gave him the silent treatment in the dugout after he hit his first.
“I wasn’t worried,” Redmond said. “I was only worried just for him because he was pressing a little bit. He wanted to get that first home run out of the way. Hopefully, that will help him and get him really going.”
▪ Saturday: Marlins RHP David Phelps (1-0, 3.24 ERA) at San Francisco Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner (3-1, 3.03), 9:05 p.m., AT&T Park.
▪ Sunday: Marlins RHP Mat Latos (1-3, 5.60) at Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong (1-2, 6.84), 4:05 p.m., AT&T Park.