04/28/12 8:39 PM ET
Mattingly sticking with Gordon atop order
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
"I can think about [dropping Gordon in the order], but I've got to find a guy to lead off," said Mattingly. "At this point, I don't feel a need to do anything different. He's able to sustain and keep riding this thing. Maybe I'll give him a few days [off] here or there, but I'm not really [thinking about dropping him], not yet."
Gordon entered Saturday night's game batting .224 with a Major League-leading 10 stolen bases. But he's batting only .120 against left-handed pitching.
"Yesterday, he didn't look good," Mattingly said of Gordon's 0-for-4 with a strikeout. "He's struggled with left-handed pitching. He's held his own against right-handers. He tried to bunt last night. Yesterday he wasn't staying in there with [lefty Ross Detwiler]. For me, with Dee it's all part of it. It's part of growing up."
At first, Gordon was seeing a lot of fastballs. Then he was getting a lot of breaking balls. Now Mattingly said pitchers are "crowding and elevating" him.
In 76 at-bats entering Saturday's game, Gordon had 17 strikeouts and only five walks, but three were in the first five games.
Coffey may wait for return from DL
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever Todd Coffey is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday, but manager Don Mattingly wasn't sure he would.
Coffey, disabled with what was announced as right knee inflammation, made a second one-inning Minor League rehab appearance Friday night. But his activation figures to force Nathan Eovaldi's return to Double-A Chattanooga, and with Chris Capuano starting Sunday, Mattingly indicated the move might be delayed a day.
"With Cappy going ... Coffey's not a long guy," said Mattingly. "We're going to talk about it. I need to talk to Todd. We're only talking like one day."
The composition of the Dodgers bullpen has been jumbled, with Matt Guerrier still disabled and Mike MacDougal not getting the ball for the past week after ailing with the flu and losing his velocity. Guerrier did light tossing for the first time but his inflamed elbow tendon will keep him sidelined longer than the minimum 15 days, which are up Friday.
Josh Lindblom, initially slotted for a long relief role, has moved into a seventh- or eighth-inning role.
Ronald Belisario is scheduled to pitch Sunday for Rancho Cucamonga, then make back-to-back appearances for Triple-A Albuquerque before Friday, when he is eligible to return from a 25-game suspension for violating MLB's drug policy.
Rivera looking good, but may need DL stint
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers outfielder/infielder Juan Rivera continues making progress from a strained left hamstring, but manager Don Mattingly wouldn't rule out the disabled list for the run producer.
Rivera was injured Wednesday night. He is able to take batting practice and ground balls at first base, but has not worked in the outfield since pulling up on an infield single. He was tentatively scheduled to run the bases Saturday.
"He should be able to pinch-hit tonight," said Mattingly. "That's what we're hoping."
Mattingly said he would be more comfortable using Rivera at first base than in the outfield, but added that Rivera must be healthy enough to move around or there's no reason to play him.
"If [he's out] another day, we're getting closer down the road [to the DL]," Mattingly said. "But he's doing quite a few things for a guy with a hamstring [strain]."
The injury is where the hamstring connects to the knee. Rivera said the area had been bothering him before Wednesday night's game.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.