But Mattingly said the staff has discussed the pros and cons of using Gordon ninth when the club starts an above-average hitting pitcher, like Zack Greinke. Gordon, who has demonstrated an improved swing this spring to go with nine steals in nine attempts, would be followed in the order by Puig instead of the pitcher.
Mattingly said the negative to batting Gordon ninth is concern with having the pitcher following the No. 7 hitter, who most likely would be his catcher, A.J. Ellis or Tim Federowicz.
"You have to think about protecting the seventh hitter," Mattingly said.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.