"You can't sit there and say, 'Just change it right now,'" Mattingly said. "He's taking the 3-1 and 2-0 pitches he needs to take. If he gains an inch a day, by the end of the year he's gained a lot.
"I'm not expecting him to be like Rickey Henderson in the leadoff spot. He is dynamic. He pulled a [Rafael] Furcal [slap bunt single] out of the bag the other day, and it was nice to see that one."
Gordon, despite a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, came into Tuesday's game batting .200 with 10 strikeouts in 40 at-bats.