Dodgers to put Dee Gordon on DL
LOS ANGELES -- Although an MRI exam on Dee Gordon's right shoulder showed nothing more serious than bruising, the Los Angeles Dodgers plan to place their rookie shortstop on the 15-day disabled list sometime before Friday night's game with the Houston Astros to allow the injury time to fully heal.
The club won't announce a corresponding move until Gordon officially goes onto the DL, but manager Don Mattingly said the player brought up from the minors will have to be able to play shortstop. That means the most obvious candidate is Justin Sellers, who would be making his major league debut.
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Gordon initially jammed his shoulder on Saturday night at Arizona, when he used his right hand to break his fall as he dived into the back of Diamondbacks second baseman Kelly Johnson to tag him at the end of a rundown play. Gordon immediately left that game, then didn't return to the starting lineup until Tuesday night, when he played eight innings before aggravating the injury on a swing and again was removed.
"I want to help this team win, but I have to be healthy," Gordon said. "That is part of it. Hopefully, we won't have to talk about this again in my career."
Gordon, who has never been on the DL in either the minors or majors, said he was relieved that the MRI didn't reveal anything more serious.
"I was a little bit (relieved)," he said. "You never know what will happen when you go through that type of situation. I was a little bit nervous, I'm not going to lie. But thank God for what little did happen."
Gordon, who more or less is being evaluated for whether he is ready to take over the shortstop job on an every-day basis next season or if the Dodgers need to look elsewhere this winter, is hitting .234 in two big league stints this year, but he has played excellent defense and has struck out just 18 times in 111 at-bats.
Sellers, 25, isn't on the Dodgers' 40-man roster, but there is one open spot. The only infielder presently on the 40-man who isn't either in the majors or on the major league DL is Ivan De Jesus, and he no longer is considered a shortstop.
Sellers is hitting .304 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs with a .400 on-base percentage for Triple-A Albuquerque, where he is playing for the second year in a row. He grew up in Huntington Beach, where he played at Marina High School.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.
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