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The Seattle Mariners are going to have a predicament on their hands when Robinson Cano returns from his 80-game suspension in August, given that Dee Gordon has been playing well at second base.
General manager Jerry Dipoto told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that Gordon will hold on to the second baseman role, at least in some capacity:
“As versatile and athletic as Dee is, it’s not that easy to go play center field for a month-and-a-half and then say, ‘Oh, by the way, you’re going to go play second base in the biggest game of your career when you just haven’t been out there.’ It’s going to take some juggling and we’ll have to figure out a way.
“That could allow for a time-share, so to speak, where we keep everybody sharp. But we do know Dee is going to have to play second base as we come down the stretch. Because if we want to be in the postseason—which we do—then we know who our second baseman is going to be. And it’s going to be Dee Gordon.”
The complication for the Mariners is that Cano is ineligible for the postseason. So while he could undoubtedly help the team in its quest to reach the playoffs, it makes sense to play Gordon at least some at second base.
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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