08/10/11 9:36 PM ET
Shoulder injury sends Gordon to disabled list
By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
The bad news they learned after a 9-8 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday is that they'll be without their speedy rookie shortstop for at least the next two weeks, as Gordon will be placed on the disabled list. The Dodgers likely won't make a corresponding callup until Friday; they are off Thursday.
The initial injury happened when Gordon dove to make a tag in a rundown during Saturday's game. He aggravated it on a swing Tuesday night and left the game in the middle of an at-bat. He said he felt less pain Tuesday but was more concerned because of its recurrence.
Manager Don Mattingly called the move "precautionary," noting Gordon's importance to the organization. He said Gordon would likely be healthy in a week or so, but the extra time off won't hurt.
Gordon agreed with the move, saying he needs to feel 100 percent comfortable before he sets foot back in the batter's box.
"I need to be healthy. I want to be healthy," Gordon said. "I feel like I can help my team, and the best way is to get healthy."
Before the game, Mattingly said that the injury raised a "red flag" because the Dodgers were cautious with Gordon's return to the lineup in the first place. Gordon was cleared to play Monday but only saw time as part of a late double-switch.
Gordon is hitting .234 on the season and has 12 stolen bases despite having just 26 hits. Since he was handed the shortstop job when Rafael Furcal was moved at the Trade Deadline, Gordon has hit in six of the seven games he's started.
When Gordon, who said he has never missed more than a day or two to injury in any sport dating back to his childhood, was asked whether he tried to avoid being placed on the disabled list, he said that he didn't have that much standing with the Dodgers.
"I don't have any pull to make a case like that," Gordon laughed.
Miles fine with hitting anywhere in lineup
LOS ANGELES -- Aaron Miles sees himself as a No. 2 hitter.
Given his short stature, his ability to work counts and his lack of power, it's simply the place in the order where he feels best suited.
That doesn't mean the Dodgers infielder doesn't enjoy batting all over the lineup, as he has this season. Miles, who hit fifth on Tuesday, led off in a 9-8 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday, with Dee Gordon and Tony Gwynn Jr. out of the lineup. Miles has started at least two games at every spot in the lineup except fourth and ninth.
"I enjoy it," said Miles, who went 1-for-5 against the Phillies. "I feel like I have the ability to plug in my approach anywhere. Personally, I feel like I'm a [No. 2] guy. I can do leadoff, I can do anywhere. You know I'm gonna give a competitive at-bat."
Miles' best production this season has come batting sixth and seventh, where he is hitting .429 and .471, respectively. He has spent most of his time in the two-hole, where in 26 games, he is hitting .298 with 10 RBIs, more than twice as many as anywhere else in the order.
Recently, because of injuries to Casey Blake and Juan Uribe, Miles has spent some time hitting fifth, where he's just 5-for-25.
"I know I'm not a true power five-hole guy, obviously," Miles said. "But I really like hitting fifth, with that chance to knock guys in and give the team a chance to win."
Manager Don Mattingly was asked if there was a specific place he'd like to see Miles on a daily basis.
"Yeah," Mattingly replied. "I'd like to use him all over."
Mattingly said he knows Miles has no problem hitting anywhere in the order, and that gives the skipper the luxury of adjusting Miles' position according to who else is in the order. Tuesday, with Juan Rivera out because of a bruised knee, that was fifth.
"He knows that's kind of how we use him, so it's second nature for him to be all over the lineup," Mattingly said.
For Miles, his approach changes based on where he's hitting, but he enjoys making the adjustments.
"The approach changes pitch to pitch, at-bat to at-bat, situation to situation," Miles said. "As a baseball player, and a good situational hitter, I pride myself on knowing what I'm trying to accomplish every time I'm at the plate."
Mattingly not bullish about Uribe's progress
LOS ANGELES -- Initially, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hoped to have infielder Juan Uribe back in the lineup as soon as his 15-day stint on the disabled list with a left hip injury ended.
Mattingly didn't sound so optimistic at the prospect before Wednesday's game. Uribe was placed on the DL on July 24.
"It doesn't sound like it from yesterday talking with [trainer] Stan [Conte]," Mattingly said. "It felt like he hadn't really moved forward. I know Stan's not really trying to push him."
Uribe also spent time on the disabled list at the end of May with an injury in the same area. He has struggled to find a rhythm at the plate this season, after he signed a three-year deal with Los Angeles in the offseason, hitting just .204 with four homers.
Mattingly said the slow progress isn't at all the product of Uribe's desire to return to the field.
"The guy wants to be out there," he said.
AJ Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.