DENVER -- Dodgers second baseman and offensive catalyst Dee Gordon, removed from Saturday's game in the fourth inning with right hip discomfort, downplayed the severity of his condition and predicted he could return to the lineup as soon as Sunday.
"It feels way better now," Gordon said after several hours of treatment. "When I tried to run, it felt weird. I can't explain it. But I should be all right. I'm fine."
Manager Don Mattingly said no tests are scheduled for Gordon.
Gordon said his hips tend to "get jammed up" and he gave them a workout at the mile-high elevation Friday night with a pair of triples and a stolen base. He said he woke up with the discomfort Saturday, and believed it would loosen up as the game progressed.
But that didn't happen, and the medical staff convinced him to leave the game and avoid making things worse.
"It's a long season, and I can't just, for one game, jeopardize the season," he said. "I couldn't run the way I want to, but I'm fine. Nothing crazy or nothing."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.