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Dee learns not to rush back from injury

@gregjohnsmlb
May 27, 2019

SEATTLE -- Dee Gordon says it’s important to never stop learning. And his latest lesson? Listen to your body and don’t try to play hurt. The Mariners' veteran second baseman said he aggravated a bruise in his right wrist when he tried to come back too quickly after being hit

SEATTLE -- Dee Gordon says it’s important to never stop learning. And his latest lesson? Listen to your body and don’t try to play hurt.

The Mariners' veteran second baseman said he aggravated a bruise in his right wrist when he tried to come back too quickly after being hit by a pitch in New York on May 9, with the result being increased swelling and a tough time swinging the bat during a 3-for-22 rough patch over five games before going in the 10-day injured list last Tuesday.

Gordon flew to Orlando, Fla., to see Dr. George White, a top hand specialist, and was told he has a deep bone bruise that needs more time to heal. The good news is there are no fractures in the wrist, but the 30-year-old speedster will remain sidelined from all baseball activity for a few more days before seeing how the injury is recovering.

The earliest Gordon can return would be Friday, but the Mariners will see how the wrist feels once he’s able to swing a bat before making any determinations.

“Honestly, it’s my fault,” Gordon said. “I shouldn’t have come back to play that fast. But I wanted to help the guys. That’s the biggest thing. It’s definitely not enjoyable to see your brothers out there struggling and not be able to help.”

Gordon pushed to come back quickly from a broken toe last season and wound up struggling for much of the year. This time, he’ll try to handle things differently.

“The inflammation was going up into my wrist area and getting worse and worse each day I played,” he said. “It was nobody’s fault but my own. Especially knowing what happened last year. I just wanted to play ball. I’ve got to get better at that. I’ve got to learn. I thought I was invincible. I’m not. So I just have to listen, that’s the big thing. I have to listen to my body for once.”

Mariners claim Blue Jays reliever

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto continued working the waiver wire in search of bullpen help, claiming right-hander Jimmy Cordero from the Blue Jays on Monday and assigning him to Triple-A Tacoma.

The 27-year-old pitched one game for Toronto this season and 22 for Washington last year, posting a 5.75 ERA in 20 1/3 innings over the two seasons, with 12 strikeouts and 12 walks. He has a 5.63 ERA in 16 innings over 13 outings in Triple-A this year.

Cordero is the sixth reliever to be added via trade or waiver claim in the past four weeks, joining Anthony Bass, Jesse Biddle, Arodys Vizcaino, Austin Adams and Mike Wright. Vizcaino is out for the season with an elbow issue, and Wright was subsequently designated for assignment, but Bass, Biddle and Adams remain in the bullpen and Cordero could get a look soon.

To open a spot for Cordero on the 40-man roster, right-hander Gerson Bautista was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list. That move is retroactive to March 17, so Bautista will be ready to return as soon as he’s eligible. He’s currently on rehab assignment with Tacoma after straining his right pectoral muscle in Spring Training.

Other injury updates

• Third baseman Ryon Healy, who went on the 10-day injured list last Tuesday with lower back tightness, was scheduled to see Mariners physician Edward Khalfayan on Monday for an update. Servais said Healy is feeling better but will be held out of baseball activity for several more days before any determination is made on his return.

• Closer Hunter Strickland is ramping up his throwing program as he returns from a strained right lat muscle that has sidelined him since March 28. The veteran right-hander is throwing at 100 percent effort level on flat ground and should progress to throwing off a mound toward the end of this week, which will be the last step before going out on a Minor League rehab assignment.

Strickland is eligible to return on June 5, though realistically he’s likely looking at late June if all goes well.

• Felix Hernandez played catch at 105 feet on Monday and is also progressing from the right lat strain that sent him to the 10-day injured list on May 12. Servais said Hernandez could advance to throwing off a mound by late this weekend or early next week.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.