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Dee Gordon back with Dodgers, but mostly as pinch-runner

Sep 12, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

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Dee Gordon was the Dodgers’ starting shortstop from Opening Day through early July, when a torn thumb ligament sent him to the disabled list.

While he was out Los Angeles traded for Hanley Ramirez, leaving Gordon without a job now that he’s finally healthy. He was activated from the 60-day disabled list yesterday, but manager Don Mattingly explained to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that Gordon is unlikely to do much beyond pinch-running down the stretch.

Gordon wasn’t exactly thriving before injuring his thumb, hitting just .229 with a .280 on-base percentage and .282 slugging percentage in 79 games. He did steal 30 bases at a 79 percent clip and made some highlight-worthy plays defensively, but the jury is still out on whether he can be a top-of-the-lineup asset offensively and his overall defensive numbers aren’t pretty.

Or as Mattingly put it:

This is a guy that needs to get on base better. He’s got to make better decisions, as far as the speed of the game, when do I try to make a great play, making that bread-and-butter double play.

Mattingly went on to say that “personally I think Dee’s going to be a great player” because “he brings something that no one else can bring.” That vote of confidence doesn’t mean much for the rest of this year, but if the Dodgers shift Ramirez to third base next season Gordon could be back as the primary shortstop.

  1. frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Speaking of the Dodgers – has anyone seen the post on Deadspin today about Matt Treanor wanting to engage the trolling TJ Simers in a bit of fisticuffs?

    Its entertaining.

    • frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

      Oh and Simers is still a dick. Why on Earth the Dodgers haven’t revoked his press pass is beyond me…

      • manchestermiracle - Sep 12, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        Because he’s funny and he keeps sports in perspective with the rest of the world. The only people who truly hate him are over-the-top fanatics with no life outside their unhealthy preoccupation with little boys’ games.

  2. gladestiger - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    ” . . . if the Dodgers shift Ramirez to third base next season Gordon could be back as the primary shortstop” Down here in Miami we saw how well that experiment worked out. Hanley wasn’t bad defensively, but thought he should have been the star shortstop. If he didn’t move over for an established star like Jose Reyes, I can’t wait to see his reaction when they ask him to move for Dee Gordon.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Hanley was the big fish in a small Miami Marlin pond. In LA, he is a big fish with other big fishes. Hanley;s reactions in LA will be more muted.

      Now, if the Dodgers insist he bat 6th or 7th, then there might be some issues. But the lineup he will be part of in 2013 should be enough for him to play 3rd base without complaint.

  3. koufaxmitzvah - Sep 12, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    I like Dee. Looking forward to him playing well this Winter and showing up next Spring ready to rock.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Is Ellis back next year? Could Dee slide over to 2B?

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