6/30/2014 9:40 P.M. ET
Adrian working on beating the shift
By Michael Lananna and Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- With a man on first base and no outs in the fourth inning on Sunday, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez laid down a perfect bunt to third base, beating the Cardinals' infield shift and jump-starting the Dodger offense.
That shift has robbed the pull-heavy Gonzalez of quite a few hits this season. He entered Monday night's contest batting .253, and he went 4-for-16 over the weekend against the Cardinals. But manager Don Mattingly is confident in Gonzalez's approach at the plate.
"It looks like he's ready to take off for me," Mattingly said. "He looks like he's feeling just a little bit more comfortable. I don't think you make adjustments to the shift. I think you just keep hitting. The fact that he bunted yesterday and has been trying to bunt, I like. But I think Adrian's capable of using the whole field.
"It seems like the balls he's hit to the left side have been right at the guy. I think Adrian's continued to be himself."
While Mattingly said Gonzalez has the capability to hit to all fields, he doesn't want his slugger to stray from his strengths.
"[Hitting to the opposite field] is not quite as easy as you think," Mattingly said. "It's not like you're playing in the backyard and the guy's throwing it out there for you. It's a little tougher than that. You want Adrian to be dangerous, you want him to hit doubles and drive in runs and put the ball in the seats every now and then. I think Adrian's staying within himself. I think he looks like he's swinging the bat better."
Hanley likely to avoid disabled list
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Monday he's optimistic that shortstop Hanley Ramirez won't need a stint on the disabled list for his injured left calf.
After missing four games with an arthritic right shoulder, Ramirez returned to the lineup on Saturday but lasted only two innings against the Cardinals before injuring his calf and has been sidelined since. He's made one start in the last seven games.
"The shoulder's his shoulder. It's been there, but I don't think that's what's keeping him," Mattingly said. "What's keeping him now is the calf."
Ramirez wasn't in Monday's starting lineup in the series opener against the Indians, but Mattingly said he could possibly be available off the bench. Infielder Miguel Rojas started in Ramirez's place at shortstop Monday.
"I think it's encouraging today that we may have him in some capacity," Mattingly said. "If it's not today, then tomorrow or the next day. At this point, I don't think we're looking at the DL. But we'll obviously see where that goes."
Figgins implores fans to 'Vote for Dee'
LOS ANGELES -- Dee Gordon may have found a campaign manager.
As the Dodgers second baseman vies for the starting nod at this year's All-Star Game, he knows one of his biggest supporters is with him in the dugout -- former All-Star Chone Figgins.
Figgins, currently on the disabled list with a left quad strain, was wearing a "Vote for Dee" shirt during Sunday's series finale against the Cardinals, showing his support for Gordon, who is looking to make his first appearance in the Midsummer Classic.
"He's an awesome teammate," Gordon said. "That was awesome. He had it made by the clubhouse manager."
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has also been a vocal supporter for Gordon, praising the second baseman's increased maturity and confidence. Gordon leads the Major Leagues with 40 stolen bases and nine triples, and he could impact an All-Star Game with his speed.
"If it's a close game, a guy who can steal a base and get himself and scoring position can change things," Mattingly said.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Has Gordon been trying to get the word out?
"Kind of," he said. "A little bit. Not really, though."
Then again, he doesn't need to -- not when he has Chone Figgins.
Dodgers exec White interviews for Padres GM job
LOS ANGELES -- Logan White, Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting, interviewed for the vacant San Diego general manager's job on Monday, the Padres announced.
White, 51, is in his 13th season in charge of the Dodgers' Draft. He has been responsible for the selection of two-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and MVP runner-up Matt Kemp.
White also was instrumental in the scouting and signing of Cuban right fielder Yasiel Puig two years ago.
The Padres earlier announced that former Marlins executive Larry Beinfest had interviewed for the position. Boston assistant GM Mike Hazen and Texas assistant GM A.J. Preller are expected to be interviewed.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter and Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.