LOS ANGELES -- After starting the season as the everyday shortstop and filling that role until the beginning of July, Dee Gordon finds himself out of the Dodgers' lineup with Hanley Ramirez taking over his old position and Luis Cruz nestled in at third.
On Friday, Gordon practiced extensively at second base before batting practice, one day after working on double-play situations from second. However, manager Don Mattingly said not to read into the extra practice as the team hasn't talked about Gordon playing second base.
"I haven't heard anything about Dee playing second," said Mattingly, who has an everyday second baseman in Mark Ellis. "I think Dee is wanting to take some ground balls over there."
Gordon missed more than two months with a tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb, and he was activated on Sept. 11. Ramirez is signed through 2014, which puts the speedy Gordon in a bind if the former Marlin stays at short and doesn't move back to third now that Cruz has become a fixture in the lineup.