BRENT STECKER

Dee Gordon returns from DL; Mariners option Gordon Beckham to Triple-A

May 31, 2018, 3:50 PM | Updated: 11:37 pm
Mariners 2B Dee Gordon still leads the AL in stolen bases despite a 10-day DL stint. (AP)...
Mariners 2B Dee Gordon still leads the AL in stolen bases despite a 10-day DL stint. (AP)
(AP)

Dee Gordon is back.

The Mariners’ leadoff hitter returned from the 10-day disabled list for a fractured right great toe and was in the lineup at second base for the team’s series finale against Texas on Thursday.

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“It’s great. I think the idea of having Dee back at the top of the lineup is exciting,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto told Danny, Dave and Moore during his weekly Jerry Dipoto Show Thursday afternoon. “He looks healthy, he’s running well, he feels comfortable pushing off on that foot and I think we’re all excited to see him get back out there tonight.”

To make room on the active roster, the Mariners optioned infielder Gordon Beckham to Triple-A Tacoma.

The 30-year-old Gordon is hitting .302 with an American League-leading 16 stolen bases in his first season with the Mariners. He recently moved back to his original position of second base from center field, replacing the suspended Robinson Canó, just before hitting the DL on May 22.

Beckham, 31, hit .206 in 12 games up with the Mariners.

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