8/3/2014 10:38 P.M. ET
Gordon reluctantly takes a day off
By Michael Lananna and Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Second baseman Dee Gordon takes the term "everyday player" to heart. He's not going to ask for an off day. Manager Don Mattingly doesn't expect him to.
But Gordon got Sunday off, regardless.
"It wasn't really planned," Mattingly said. "I was kind of trying to wait for a lefty. Different coaches were coming to me like, 'It looks like Dee needs a day." Just, I think, leg-wise and things like that."
Gordon has played in 105 of 111 games this season. And he hasn't had a day off since June 8 in Colorado. A .295 hitter with a Major League leading 51 stolen bases and 10 triples, Gordon's offensive production hasn't suffered. In fact, he entered Sunday on a modest five-game hitting streak, hitting safely in 11 of his last 13 games with a .328 average in that span.
But Mattingly didn't want to take any chances.
"I don't trust Dee yet," Mattingly said. "I think Dee's at the point where he wants to play every day, and he's kind of probably a little bit nervous about saying he needs a day. We understand that. I think that's where coaches are important, the guys who are dealing with him every day, seeing him every day, maybe he has a little more confidence in saying that one little word that tells you, 'Yeah, I need a day.'
"We'll be careful with him. We'll see where is. He's pretty young. I think he'll keep up the pace."
Justin Turner started in Gordon's place Sunday, playing second base and batting in Gordon's customary leadoff spot.
Gordon entered the Dodgers' 7-3 loss to the Cubs as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and grounded out.
Maholm expects to undergo surgery on torn ACL
LOS ANGELES -- When he was 14, Paul Maholm tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. So when he felt the identical pop in his right knee while covering first base Friday night, he didn't need the subsequent MRI for confirmation.
Maholm said he meets with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday to get the official course of treatment, but he knows his season is over and expects to undergo reconstructive surgery, followed by a long recovery.
"It is what it is," said Maholm, using crutches to get around. "I've been through worse. I expect to be normal in whatever the necessary time is. It's not breaking news."
Maholm is eligible for free agency after this season.
• Catcher A.J. Ellis was out of the lineup for the second straight game Sunday after taking a foul ball off of his right knee twice. Mattingly said that he expected Ellis to be ready to play Monday and that the catcher would be available Sunday in an emergency situation.
"It's not something that's actually damaged," Mattingly said. "It's more bruised, a little inflamed. So it's not like he's hurting it by having to [play]."
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.