May 2, 2013 |
Now this seems an experiment worth undertaking: Dee Gordon, second baseman. For the last two days, Gordon has been taking pregame grounders for the Albuquerque Isotopes at second base. This is not because second baseman Mark Ellis is more seriously hurt than the Dodgers are letting on and are prepping Gordon as some emergency fill-in. It is apparently a more long-term consideration. And anyone who watched Gordon struggle at shortstop for the Dodgers last season will understand that thought.
December 4, 2012 |
The idea, while rebuilding the farm system, is to win right now. To put together the best lineup, rotation and bench possible. So if you're the Dodgers, what does that mean for Dee Gordon? Probably that he's not in their plans for 2013. And that if somebody is interested in the young shortstop and offering something reasonably significant, and usable now, you listen. Not too surprisingly, word has come out of the winter meetings in Nashville that the Dodgers are open to offers for Gordon , though it has to be emphasized that's a long way from trying to move him. The Dodgers still like him, are still interested in how he develops, still think he could be league-leading base stealer.
March 7, 2013 |
PHOENIX -- Dee Gordon stole two bases in the Dodgers' win over Mexico on Wednesday. And he stole two more against the Texas Rangers on Thursday. But Manager Don Mattingly would rather not talk about Gordon's blinding speed, but concentrate instead on some of the other things Gordon has done, like his double to left field against Mexico. Or the four runs he scored in the last two days. "The thing that we're asking from Dee this year is we want to see a baseball player," Mattingly said of Gordon, whose first sport in high school was basketball.
July 5, 2012 |
PHOENIX -- Dee Gordon looked crushed as he sat in the visiting dugout at Chase Field on Thursday. He had learned earlier in the day that he had a torn tendon in his right thumb that would require surgery. He will sit out for six weeks. The diagnosis came as a surprise to Gordon, who injured his thumb in a head-first slide on Wednesday. He said his thumb didn't hurt. “I thought it was probably like a partial tear and not to where I needed surgery,” he said. Gordon, who has had an up-and-down season, sighed.
September 11, 2012 |
It's not exactly the cavalry arriving, but right now any warm bodies can't hurt. The Dodgers have started calling up additional forces from the farm system, and with the Albuquerque Isotopes' season now over, the parent club added some speed and utility Tuesday with shortstop Dee Gordon and infielder/outfielder Elian Herrera, and another long man in the bullpen in Stephen Fife. With Adam Kennedy and Kenley Jansen sidelined, that leaves Manager Don Mattingly with 32 healthy bodies to play with.
August 16, 2013 |
He's up, he's down, he's up! Actually, you would need a couple more of those to truly capture the yo-yo season of Scott Van Slyke, who once again is a Dodger. The outfielder/first baseman was called up Friday from triple-A Albuquerque prior to the Dodgers' game in Philadelphia. This will make his fourth stint with the Dodgers this season. They immediately put him in the lineup in right field for Andre Ethier, who is battling a sore calf and is sitting out because the Phillies are starting a left-hander (Cliff Lee)