Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/19/12

One month ago, Dee Gordon was struggling mightily. The Dodgers shortstop was in a 2-for-31 slump that had dropped his batting average all the way to .200.

The leadoff man had an on-base percentage of just .239 after going 0-for-5 against the Cardinals on May 18. Manager Don Mattingly benched Gordon after that game, limiting Gordon to just one pinch-hit appearance over the next three days.

Gordon walked in that pinch-hit appearance and then was eased back into the lineup batting eighth instead of first. He has hit pretty much ever since.

Gordon hit .308 with a .341 on-base percentage in 11 games batting eighth, then moved back into the leadoff role on June 3. In 14 games back at the top of the lineup, Gordon has hit .276 with a .354 on-base percentage, seven stolen bases and 10 runs scored in 14 games.

"He seems calmer. I've heard the saying 'You can't see the forest for the trees' because you get so close to it you don't see what you're doing," Mattingly said. "My thinking was, just being able to step back and watch some games, being able to do some work without having to go compete, to give him a chance to step back away from it and slow down."

Gordon's on-base percentage since getting benched is .355, a marked improvement from the beginning of the year. His turnaround culminated in a walk-off single in the 10th inning on Sunday, part of a 2-for-5 day.

"It feels great to come through for my teammates," Gordon said on Sunday.

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