Jun 24, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT
The Dodgers like what they’ve seen from their rookie shortstop Dee Gordon. So much, in fact, that they are discussing some changes for their infield.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before tonight’s game that Rafael Furcal could move to second base when he returns from the disabled list.
Furcal has been sidelined since June 4 due to a strained left oblique. The 33-year-old last appeared at second base in 2004 with the Braves, but hasn’t played there regularly since his rookie season in 2000. Considering that he’s in the final year of his three-year, $30 million contract and the Dodgers are fading fast in the NL West, this would be the appropriate time to make the switch.
Gordon, 23, is batting .268/.293/.321 with a 13/2 K/BB ratio over his first 59 major league plate appearances. He is 4-for-6 in stolen base attempts.