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Top prospect Gordon breaks left index finger

Top prospect Gordon breaks left index finger

MINNEAPOLIS -- Top prospect Nick Gordon broke his left index finger when he was jammed by a pitch on Monday, and will miss the rest of the playoffs with rookie-level Elizabethton, Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Tuesday.

Gordon, ranked as the No. 40 overall prospect and the Twins' No. 6 prospect by MLB.com, had a solid first season with Elizabethton after being taken with the No. 5 pick in this year's First-Year Player Draft. The 18-year-old shortstop hit .294/.333/.366 with one homer, six doubles, four triples and 11 stolen bases in 57 games.

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But he was jammed by a pitch in the second game of the first round of the Appalachian League playoffs on Monday and underwent X-rays on Tuesday that confirmed he broke his left index finger.

Gordon will wear a splint on his finger for the next two weeks and will also likely miss playing in the Instructional League in Florida as a result. But the Twins still plan on sending him there to rehab his finger and to learn from the coaching staff there.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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