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Gordon headed to minors; Beckett to have MRI (hand)

The Dodgers' Dee Gordon is headed to the minors while pitcher Josh Beckett will have an MRI on his right hand.

LOS ANGELES – When it came time for the Dodgers to make a roster move in order to activate Jerry Hairston Jr. from the disabled list Monday, it was shortstop Dee Gordon who lost out.

 

Gordon, hitting just .175 in 19 games, was sent down to Triple-A Albuquerque when the team activated Hairston, who had been out since May 6 because of a left groin strain. Manager Don Mattingly said the decision to send down Gordon was made because Gordon still has minor-league options.

 

“When I told Dee, he wasn’t happy about it, but I feel like he made a lot of strides defensively,” Mattingly said. “That’s the calmest I’ve seen his feet when he catches the ball and has to throw it across. Also, I saw him speed up when he needs to speed up. That, to me, is the biggest step.”

 

Mattingly said he’ll use Nick Punto and Luis Cruz at shortstop until Hanley Ramirez is ready to return from a strained left hamstring.

 

Meanwhile, pitcher Josh Beckett, who is on the DL because of a left groin strain, is experiencing a numbness and tingling in the fingers of his right hand and will have an MRI on Tuesday. He had been throwing every other day but will be shut down until the results come in.

 

For the Angels, left-handed reliever Sean Burnett said he’s feeling a pain in his left elbow that’s in a different area from the injury that put him on the DL from April 28 to May 21. Manager Mike Scioscia said Burnett would be checked out by a doctor Monday.

 

“It’s obviously a bit of a setback, but we hope it’s not anything major that the medical staff won’t be able to manage,” Scioscia said. “We’ll see what direction they give us.”