UPDATE (Sept. 27, 10:30 p.m.): According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Dee Gordon underwent an MRI:
Dee Gordon said he just returned from MRI on right hip. He said he's not concerned, he's had it before.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 28, 2014
The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Saturday’s game with the Colorado Rockies with nothing at stake. While the Dodgers are waiting for the NL Central race to be settled, they know they’ll begin NLDS at home on Oct. 3.
Starting in Friday’s game, manager Don Mattingly began resting some of the regulars as Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez, were held out of the lineup. The trend continued Saturday with Juan Uribe and Carl Crawford getting the opportunity to rest.
Dee Gordon, who hasn’t gotten much rest in his first season at second base, played Friday and was back in the lineup Saturday. However, Gordon’s night was cut short as he was removed after the first inning.
The Dodgers announced Gordon’s removal was out of precaution and due to hip irritation:
Dee Gordon was taken out as a precaution in the second inning with right hip irritation. He is day to day.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 28, 2014
While Gordon was diagnosed as day-to-day and the injury doesn’t appear serious, he previously dealt with an issue in his right hip back in June. Gordon likely won’t play in Sunday’s game and will then have nearly a full week’s worth of rest.
Whether affected by the issue in recent games or not, Gordon’s usually steady glove at second base had grown shaky. He routinely was unable to come up with grounders that he’d gotten to for much of the season and it resulted in an infield hit or error on Gordon.
At this point in the season, the Dodgers’ main concern in the remainder of Saturday’s game and on Sunday is maintaing overall health. Hanley Ramirez fouled a ball of his left knee in the fourth inning and remained in the game only to finish out his at-bat, which ended in a walk.