LOS ANGELES -- If all goes according to plan, Dee Gordon will head to Class A Rancho Cucamonga following Saturday's game for a rehab stint that is set to begin Sunday.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the team's plan is to give Gordon, who has been out since Aug. 10 with a bruised shoulder, two rehab games before he rejoins the Dodgers. Gordon worked out before Saturday's game and Mattingly said he'll head to Rancho Cucamonga "as long as he comes out of today healthy."
Gordon initially injured his shoulder diving to tag a baserunner, but the real concern about the injury came when Gordon re-aggravated it on a swing, even after the Dodgers were conservative with his return.
Mattingly said he expects Gordon to play the field in the rehab outings, and said he'll be back at shortstop as soon as he returns, which could be as soon as Tuesday.
The Dodgers aren't likely to send down Justin Sellers, who has filled in nicely at shortstop since Gordon's injury. Sellers can also play second and third, and Mattingly said he wants to use Sellers in different positions.
That leaves Eugenio Velez, who is 0-for-27 this season, as the most likely Dodger to be demoted, but it shouldn't matter much as rosters expand Thursday.