TORONTO -- Center fielder Dee Gordon, who has sparked the Mariners' early success with his speed in the leadoff role, was held out of Thursday night's game against the Blue Jays due to a bruised right big toe.Gordon fouled a ball off his foot earlier this week and will be
TORONTO -- Center fielder Dee Gordon, who has sparked the Mariners' early success with his speed in the leadoff role, was held out of Thursday night's game against the Blue Jays due to a bruised right big toe.
Gordon fouled a ball off his foot earlier this week and will be given a day to recuperate, manager Scott Servais said. Gordon is expected to be back in the lineup on Friday when Seattle opens a three-game series in Detroit.
"He's trying to figure out the best thing to do with his shoe to try to be able to deal with it," Servais said. "His running, it hasn't slowed him down that much, but it's bothered him some so we're just going to give him a day."
Gordon was tied with the Braves' Ender Inciarte for the Major League lead in stolen bases with 15 going into Thursday's games and was tied for second in hits behind Jose Altuve of the Astros, while also leading the Mariners with a .340 batting average.
Servais to miss two games in Detroit
Bench coach Manny Acta will fill in as manager for the first two games of the Tigers series on Friday and Saturday in Detroit as Servais heads to Oxford, Miss., to attend graduation ceremonies for his daughter, Jackie, who is getting her Master's in sports communications from Ole Miss.
Ichiro Suzuki, now filling an advisory role, will step in as coach for the two games, since the Mariners will have an extra spot on their bench in Servais' absence.
"It's something that's been in the works for a long time," Servais said. "I'm very proud of all my kids. It's a good accomplishment."
Jackie is the second oldest of Servais' three children and has done internships with the Angels and Seahawks' public relations departments while getting her graduate degree.
• Servais had been planning to give shortstop Jean Segura a day off Thursday to rest a sore thumb, but with Gordon sidelined, that will likely be pushed back to Friday's series opener in Detroit. The tentative plan is for second baseman Robinson Cano and third baseman Kyle Seager to each get a day off at some point on the road trip as well, as the Mariners play a stretch of 14 straight days.
• Reliever Dan Altavilla was scheduled to throw an inning in a Minor league rehab game for Double-A Arkansas on Thursday as he returns from right shoulder inflammation that landed him on the 10-day disabled list on May 1. Servais said depending on how things go, Altavilla could rejoin the Mariners in Detroit or pitch another rehab game first.
• Veteran right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma played catch on Wednesday and will throw live batting practice to hitters in Peoria, Arizona, on Friday as he resumes his throwing program after being shut down briefly. Iwakuma signed a Minor League deal this winter after having right shoulder surgery in September.
• The Mariners will hold a celebration for James Paxton's no-hitter on Friday, May 18, which will be his next scheduled start at Safeco Field. Paxton, who will first pitch Sunday against the Tigers in Detroit, threw the sixth no-hitter in franchise history on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
All fans will be given a commemorative placard and specially priced tickets are available for select View Level seats for $10 and select Club and Main Level seats for $30. Tickets are available online at Mariners.com/Paxton.
Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB