LOS ANGELES -- Now that Matt Kemp is back from the disabled list, manager Don Mattingly is in search of a new lineup that works, starting at the top.
While the center fielder was on the DL for the last two weeks, Mattingly used Kemp's replacement, Tony Gwynn, to bat leadoff, moving the struggling Dee Gordon down to eighth. Before going 0-for-4 Monday night, Gordon, the Opening Day leadoff hitter, was hitting 8-for-18 since hitting at to the bottom of the lineup.
Against the right-handed Michael Fiers on Tuesday, Gwynn will remain in the leadoff spot, shifting over to left field to replace Bobby Abreu, who hits lefties better.
Mattingly added that Gwynn has swung the bat well recently, and he's earned him some more playing time. However, like the rest of the lineup with guys now coming back, the manager couldn't commit to a defined spot for the outfielder.
"It kind of all depends for me with who we got going, where our next couple of games are, how that's matching up, who we are trying to give a day off to," Mattingly said.
With Juan Rivera nearing his return, Mattingly said he'll need to mix and match certain guys, with a number of players like Gwynn and Abreu stepping up lately.
"We'll see where it goes," Mattingly said twice before adding that he'll figure it out.