PHOENIX -- Dee Gordon looked crushed as he sat in the visiting dugout at Chase Field on Thursday. He had learned earlier in the day that he had a torn tendon in his right thumb that would require surgery. He will sit out for six weeks.
The diagnosis came as a surprise to Gordon, who injured his thumb in a head-first slide on Wednesday. He said his thumb didn’t hurt.
“I thought it was probably like a partial tear and not to where I needed surgery,” he said.
Gordon, who has had an up-and-down season, sighed.
“It’s how the year’s been,” he said. “As soon as things start going good, something else comes up.”
Gordon has received high marks for his character, and Manager Don Mattingly said Gordon apologized to him after the game on Wednesday night.
Gordon said he was particularly bothered by the timing of the injury. Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are both on the disabled list.