MILWAUKEE -- Dee Gordon, on the disabled list since Aug. 10 with a right shoulder contusion, began throwing for the first time on Monday before the Dodgers played the Brewers at Miller Park, a game that ended in a 3-0 loss.

Gordon is expected to be able to play in late August, when he is eligible to come off the DL.

"He's going to do a little bit of tee work," manager Don Mattingly said.

Meanwhile, Mattingly said that Kenley Jansen, on the DL since July 27 because of cardiac arrhythmia, will pitch in rehab games on Sunday and probably again on Tuesday. Mattingly said that it was not yet determined which Minor League team Jansen would join for the outings.

Dodgers embark on extensive road stretch

MILWAUKEE -- Monday night's series opener against the Brewers, a 3-0 loss, marked the first in a stretch in which the Dodgers play 21 of 27 on the road.

"I'm looking for us to keep playing the same way we've been playing, honestly," manager Don Mattingly said of the coming road games. "Our guys have played hard all year long. We've been a pretty decent road club."

The Dodgers are 24-30 away from Los Angeles.

The team's starters have posted a 2.76 ERA since July 7, the lowest in the Major Leagues during that span.

"Almost every game we play is a close game," Mattingly said. "The pitching has been outstanding. It kind of keeps you in every game. These guys haven't backed off of anything all year long."

Dodgers can affect NL Central race

MILWAUKEE -- During the Dodgers' 10-game road trip, they will have a significant impact on the race in the National League Central.

"It ought to be a fun trip for us," manager Don Mattingly said. "It could be a really fun trip, but it could be a really long trip, too, I guess."

The Dodgers began their four-game series against the Brewers on Monday night with a 3-0 loss, and play three games at St. Louis next week. After Monday night's game, the Brewers have a six-game lead over the Cardinals.

"That's kind of the fun part of it, the excitement in the building," Mattingly said. "We've been getting ready to play. I don't worry about that stuff. No matter who we've played, we haven't been a club that's lazy. That part I don't worry about.

"I think our guys will be excited about playing."

Dodgers sign Draft pick O'Sullivan

MILWAUKEE -- The Dodgers agreed to contract terms on Monday with right-hander Ryan O'Sullivan, their fourth-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

The Dodgers have now signed their top nine choices.

O'Sullivan, the brother of Kansas City Royals right-hander Sean O'Sullivan, spent the 2011 season as a redshirt player for Oklahoma City University after transferring from San Diego State, where he went 4-4 with a 6.71 ERA in two seasons.

The team also signed third baseman Kevin Taylor, their 36th round pick.

Overall, they have signed 29 of 50 choices.