08/07/11 12:19 AM ET
Gordon day to day after hurting right shoulder
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Officially, Gordon is listed as day to day, although he said he hopes to play Sunday.
Gordon suffered a mild bruise that did not require an X-ray after his shoulder was jammed when he tried to cushion his landing while making a diving tag and came down hard on his elbow. He was removed from the game and replaced by Jamey Carroll, but a shoulder separation was quickly ruled out.
With no outs in the bottom of the third, debuting starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi picked Kelly Johnson off first base. Johnson took off for second and first baseman Juan Rivera took Eovaldi's pickoff and threw to Gordon, who took the ball near second base and chased Johnson nearly all the way back to first, making a diving tag just before Johnson could slide back into the bag.
While tagging Johnson with the glove on his left hand, Gordon's right elbow hit the ground and drove his arm into his shoulder.
Manager Don Mattingly said the distance that Gordon ran and the close play indicated to him that a wiser choice might have been to throw to Eovaldi, who was covering first.
"It was awfully close, and that tells me it was too close," said Mattingly.
But Gordon said he believes he can outrun virtually anybody, and he considered the play normal.
"That's the way I play the game. I didn't do anything out of the ordinary," he said. "I can make that play. You can't tense up because you might get hurt."
Gordon said the jarring of the arm into the shoulder socket rocked him and he then landed on the shoulder.
"But I knew it wasn't bad because it didn't pop out of place," he said. "It hit pretty good, but I didn't think it was too serious. Honestly, I wanted to stay in the game."
Gordon was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque a week ago to replace Rafael Furcal, who was traded to St. Louis. Earlier in the game, Gordon lined softly back to pitcher Joe Saunders and reached first on a broken-bat infield single. He is batting .236.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.