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Dee Gordon likely minors-bound when Rafael Furcal returns from disabled list Sunday

Jul 2, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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Rafael Furcal wrapped up his minor league rehab assignment last night with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and is slated to rejoin the Dodgers as soon as tomorrow. There’s nothing official yet, but Matt Stevens of the Los Angeles Times writes that all signs point to rookie shortstop Dee Gordon being sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque.

“We’ll make that decision on Sunday,” Mattingly said about what Furcal’s return could mean for Gordon. “It is a decision we will make when we have to make it. [General Manager] Ned [Colletti]¬†and I haven’t really even talked about it at this point.”

Furcal has been on the disabled list since the first week of June with an oblique injury. The Dodgers briefly discussed moving him to second base to keep Gordon on the major league roster, but Mattingly said last night that the idea has been shelved “for now.” Things could change if Furcal is eventually traded or more likely, if he suffers another injury. The 33-year-old shortstop has already been on the disabled list twice this season.

Gordon, 23, is batting .241/.259/.291 with a 16/2 K/BB ratio over his first 82 major league plate appearances. While he has struggled at the plate, he is 8-for-10 in stolen base attempts. He was credited with two stolen bases in the seventh inning last night against the Angels, including a theft of home plate.

  1. jimbo1949 - Jul 2, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Watched the “rabbits” school the Halos last night. Scoscia should be impressed.

  2. raw101 - Jul 2, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    I would keep gordon and get rid of furgal he is injury prone.

  3. Brian Murphy - Jul 2, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    I agree with the move. Gordon has tremendous speed, but he needs to learn how to consistently get on base at this level. He could use a little more seasoning.

    • kiwicricket - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:03 AM

      I agree with your logic, but the kid has a tremendous haircut and I have no interest in watching Furcal play baseball.

  4. Brian Murphy - Jul 3, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    No doubt, he’s the MLB leader in flattop awesomeness right now. FTA for short.

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