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Bruised shoulder sends Dodgers rookie Dee Gordon to DL

Aug 11, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

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Dee Gordon took over as the Dodgers’ starting shortstop when Rafael Furcal was traded to the Cardinals, but now the 23-year-old rookie will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a bruised right shoulder.

Don Mattingly described the decision to place Gordon on the disabled list as “precautionary” and an MRI exam revealed no structural damage, so it sounds like the Dodgers are hoping to have him back in the lineup by the end of the month.

In the meantime Jamey Carroll will slide over to shortstop, with Aaron Miles seeing more action at second base.

Gordon has struggled offensively, hitting just .234 with a .518 OPS in 30 games, but he’s shown good range defensively and swiped 12 bases while being caught just three times. Because of his slight frame and grand total of just seven homers in 394 games as a minor leaguer Gordon doesn’t project as an impact hitter, but with the development of any sort of decent on-base skills he has 50-steal potential.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 11, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    I am amazed his should isn’t separated or anything more serious. It looked pretty bad the other night when he had to leave the game during his at bat. I’m glad the kid is going to be OK.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Aug 11, 2011 at 9:53 AM

      shoulder*

  2. CJ - Aug 11, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    1st student ever to attend my alma mater (Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL) to make it to the pros in any professional sport. Yes, his bio on ESPN has Nova Southeastern as the school he went to but that’s a mistake that’s yet to have been fixed.

    Looking forward to watching him tear it up in the majors for many years to come..just take it easy on my Phils. Better yet, I wouldn’t mind see him replace Rollins when the time comes but the Dodgers couldn’t be dumb enough to let him go. Oh wait, nevermind.

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