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Dee Gordon injures shoulder, but it's not considered serious

August 6, 2011 |  7:02 pm

Dodgers-dee-gordon_640 There is a limit to these things, apparently.

Which didn't meant the Dodgers weren't staring down another you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me scare Saturday night in Phoenix when prized rookie shortstop Dee Gordon left the game in the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks because of an injured right shoulder.

A momentary pause here for those of you who still feel compelled to tilt back your head and scream into the night.

The fear was that he had separated -- or possibly even dislocated -- the shoulder, but after X-rays both scenarios were ruled out and he was left as day-to-day.

Gordon is so reed thin that an injury hardly seems unlikely. And the way the Dodgers have batted injury all season, it was nearly impossible not to expect the worst.

So however long Gordon is out, it won't seem as dark as it momentarily appeared.

The Dodgers had picked off Kelly Johnson in the third inning and had him in a rundown. Johnson dived back to first and Gordon dived to tag him, catching Johnson for the out but rolling awkwardly on his shoulder.

With Rafael Furcal dealt to St. Louis at the nonwaiver trading deadline, Gordon is scheduled to be the Dodgers' regular shortstop for the final two months of the season.

Jamey Carroll, who frequently filled in for injury-prone Furcal the past two years, took over for Gordon on Saturday.


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Photo: Dee Gordon. Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images