With Hanley Ramirez fully entrenched at shortstop and Juan Uribe producing at third, Dodgers infielder Dee Gordon doesn’t seem to have a position as of now.
There were thoughts about Ramirez playing third and allowing Gordon play shortstop, but his inability to get on base and continuint to make several errors has drawn the ire of the coaching staff. However, before tonight’s game Gordon took fly balls in the outfield and grounders at second base manager Don Mattingly told Austin Laymance of Dodgers.com:
It went pretty well, better than they actually thought it would go, Mattingly said. That double-play ball is a big change from short to second, because that guy is coming at you and you don’t know where he’s at. It sounds like he likes it. Just expanding that a little bit.
Gordon was called up when Hanley went down with a shoulder injury in early August and didn’t do himself any favors in the field as he committed several errors in just six games.
Making Gordon into a backup second baseman wouldn’t be a total waste since the impending signing of Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero likely signals the departure of Mark Ellis. While he’s struggled in the field, Gordon has blinding speed and if he could ever find a way to get on base consistently, it’d be devastating for opposing teams.
The Dodgers already have a crowded outfield, but it never hurts to see if there is something there with someone as athletic and fast as Dee.
It remains to be seen what comes of the potential position change and with the Dodgers inching closer to clinching the NL West, Gordon could see some valuable starts towards the end of the season.
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