Shoulder injury sends Gordon to disabled list

Shoulder injury sends Gordon to disabled list

LOS ANGELES -- For the Dodgers, the good news was that an MRI on Dee Gordon showed only a right shoulder contusion.

The bad news they learned after a 9-8 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday is that they'll be without their speedy rookie shortstop for at least the next two weeks, as Gordon will be placed on the disabled list. The Dodgers likely won't make a corresponding callup until Friday; they are off Thursday.

The initial injury happened when Gordon dove to make a tag in a rundown during Saturday's game. He aggravated it on a swing Tuesday night and left the game in the middle of an at-bat. He said he felt less pain Tuesday but was more concerned because of its recurrence.

Manager Don Mattingly called the move "precautionary," noting Gordon's importance to the organization. He said Gordon would likely be healthy in a week or so, but the extra time off won't hurt.

Gordon agreed with the move, saying he needs to feel 100 percent comfortable before he sets foot back in the batter's box.

"I need to be healthy. I want to be healthy," Gordon said. "I feel like I can help my team, and the best way is to get healthy."

Before the game, Mattingly said that the injury raised a "red flag" because the Dodgers were cautious with Gordon's return to the lineup in the first place. Gordon was cleared to play Monday but only saw time as part of a late double-switch.

Gordon is hitting .234 on the season and has 12 stolen bases despite having just 26 hits. Since he was handed the shortstop job when Rafael Furcal was moved at the Trade Deadline, Gordon has hit in six of the seven games he's started.

When Gordon, who said he has never missed more than a day or two to injury in any sport dating back to his childhood, was asked whether he tried to avoid being placed on the disabled list, he said that he didn't have that much standing with the Dodgers.

"I don't have any pull to make a case like that," Gordon laughed.