LOS ANGELES -- Rookie shortstop Dee Gordon is tentatively scheduled to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, just three days after jamming his right shoulder while applying a tag on a rundown play against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
"There is still just a little tightness in there,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after watching Gordon work out on Monday. "I think he probably could have played tonight, but I just wanted to give him an extra day. We could use him in a double switch or whatever.''
Mattingly said he was comfortable using Gordon in any capacity off the bench Monday night, including hitting and playing defense. Gordon had been available only to pinch run -- or to pinch hit in a bunting situation -- on Sunday.
The injury occurred when Dodgers right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who was making his major league debut, caught Diamondbacks second baseman Kelly Johnson too far off first and had him picked off. When Eovaldi threw over, Johnson broke for second, where Gordon was covering. After first baseman Juan Rivera threw the ball to Gordon, Johnson reversed course and headed back to first, and Gordon, who possesses superior speed, decided to chase Johnson almost all the way rather than throwing to Eovaldi, who had come over to cover first.
Johnson got so close to first that Gordon had to dive into his back in order to apply the tag with his gloved left hand. In doing so, Gordon attempted to break his fall with his right hand, but planted it so hard in the dirt that the shock went all the way to his shoulder.
Following a quick examination in the clubhouse by Dr. Brian Shafer, one of the Dodgers team physicians, it was determined that Gordon had neither a separation nor a dislocation, and that no X-rays were needed.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.