Dee Gordon to have MRI on shoulder
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers rookie shortstop Dee Gordon, who returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday for the first time since injuring his right shoulder on Saturday night, left the game after aggravating that injury while fouling off a pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning.
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Gordon is scheduled for an MRI exam on Wednesday morning to determine the severity of the injury, but he said his shoulder doesn't feel as bad as it did when he injured it on Saturday.
"It was way worse the first time," he said. "I can say that for sure. That was more of a quick stinging action. I didn't feel it once on a swing until I took that swing. It just didn't feel right."
Gordon suffered the initial injury on a rundown play in which he chose to run Arizona's Kelly Johnson almost all the way back to first base, then had to dive into Johnson's back in order to tag him. Gordon jammed his right shoulder as he broke his fall with his right hand.
After it was determined Gordon didn't have a separation or a dislocation and didn't need X-rays, he sat out Sunday's game to let the injury recuperate, then came off the bench to play the final three innings of Monday's game.
Gordon said that although the pain isn't as severe this time, he is more concerned about the situation now than he was then because the discomfort returned.
"I just have to see what happens," he said. "I'm just going to do whatever the training staff tells me I should do."
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.