Gordon returns from thumb injury

Gordon returns from thumb injury

Gordon returns from thumb injury
PHOENIX -- Bolstering their expanded roster on Tuesday, the Dodgers reinstated shortstop Dee Gordon from the 60-day disabled list and recalled right-handed pitcher Stephen Fife and utility player Elian Herrera from Triple-A Albuquerque.

To make room for Gordon on the 40-man roster, the club placed infielder Adam Kennedy, out since Friday with a strained right groin, on the 60-day disabled list.

Gordon tore a ligament in his right thumb sliding into third base on July 4 and has missed the past 57 games rehabbing after surgery.

"It's been a long time," Gordon said. "It's pretty cool to be back. I'm excited to see what we can put together."

The 24-year-old led the Major Leagues with 30 stolen bases at the time of his injury and is hitting .229 with 36 runs scored in 78 games.

The Dodgers expect to use Gordon mostly in late-game scenarios to take advantage of his speed.

"Pretty much how we're thinking of using him, stealing a bag late and use him in that capacity," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Double-switch him, for the most part, come off the bench, steal you a bag when you need to score a guy from first."

Gordon played in eight rehab games for Albuquerque, hitting .267 with a triple and two steals.

Relishing just being back in the Majors again, the shortstop is ready to fill any role the Dodgers need him to.

"Whatever it is, I'm going to do it well," Gordon said. "I'm going to do what I have to do to help. We have a great group of guys."

While Gordon doesn't figure to play an everyday part of the team as the Dodgers try to win their way into the postseason with Hanley Ramirez at shortstop, Mattingly still believes Gordon will be a mainstay for the club in coming years.

"I think Dee is going to be a great player," Mattingly said. "What he can bring, very few guys can do. This is a guy that is going to have to get on base better and make better decisions, but I believe that he's a guy that, in the long term, will be a dynamic player."

As for the other additions to the Dodgers, Herrera is hitting .244 with a homer and 16 RBIs in 53 games, while Fife went 11-7 with a 4.66 ERA in 25 games for Albuquerque.