Gordon placed on DL; Sellers called up

Gordon placed on DL; Sellers called up

Gordon placed on DL; Sellers called up
LOS ANGELES -- Before he got to experience the night he's been waiting for since he was a kid watching "The Sandlot," Justin Sellers had one more thing to take care of.

Having grown up in Huntington Beach, Sellers had to make sure he had enough tickets for friends and family -- mostly Dodgers fans -- to see him make his Major League debut.

"We'll have to figure something out," a smiling Sellers said about an hour before batting practice on Friday.

As expected, the Dodgers called up the 25-year-old shortstop to replace Dee Gordon, who was placed on the disabled list on Friday. Sellers, who hit eighth for the Dodgers on Friday night, batted .304 with 14 home runs for Triple-A Albuquerque this season.

"It's unbelievable. It's awesome," Sellers said. "Growing up in Huntington, Calif., watching them play, it's a great feeling."

Sellers said he is most comfortable playing shortstop, though he played plenty of second base with Albuquerque, as well, and could see action there with the Dodgers. He added he can play third base and outfield, but manager Don Mattingly said he plans to use Sellers in the middle of the infield.

Sellers, who played college ball at Cal State Fullerton and was a sixth-round selection by the Oakland A's in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, was told Wednesday he'd be in Dodger Blue on Friday. With the off-day Thursday, the Dodgers waited until Friday afternoon to make official the roster move corresponding to Gordon's injury.

"I got out of that office, I went to my jeans, found my phone, called my dad, of course, told him what was going on," Sellers said. "He was very happy for me, of course. I called my fiancee, and she started crying."

From the little bit he saw of Sellers in Spring Training, Mattingly said he's excited to see what he brings to the big league club. And while he knows there will be nerves, Mattingly said he's not concerned about Sellers' mindset.

"I like him just because he's not afraid," Mattingly said. "I know he's not gonna be scared. He's gonna make some mistakes, but I know he'll be OK. I like the way he plays."

As for Gordon, Mattingly said he's not too concerned about him missing more time than necessary, as he fully expects Gordon to return as soon as the 15 days are up.

"He's been up a little bit already, and he'll be healthy for the rest of the season [after the DL]," Mattingly said. "So he's gonna get plenty of at-bats. It's not disappointing, because I feel like he's gonna get plenty of time. But, still, you don't want anyone to get hurt."

Gordon injured his right shoulder while diving to make a tag in a rundown on Saturday, and re-aggravated it on a swing Tuesday. He had an MRI on Wednesday that showed only a shoulder contusion, and Mattingly said the stint on the DL was mostly precautionary.