Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/24/12

Dee Gordon has had his ups and downs this season, but the Los Angeles Dodgers appear to be behind him sink or swim.

"I think Dee in the end is going to be a great player, and the experience he is getting now just happens to be in a pennant race, and that's the way it is," manager Don Mattingly said.

The Dodgers saw both ends of the spectrum over the weekend against the Los Angeles Angels.

Gordon was 0-for-5 on Friday night to extend his slump to 0-for-17. But he responded with two hits Saturday, including a triple, and he scored two runs. He added two hits and an RBI on Sunday in the Dodgers' 5-3 loss, and he stole a base for the second consecutive game.

"Sometimes my weapons don't work," Gordon said. "I've been hitting the ball well but just having tough luck. But it's a grown man's league, and I'm a grown man, so I just have to take it for what it is."

On the season, Gordon is hitting .228 with a .274 on-base percentage. However, he has improved slightly to hitting .260 with a .316 on-base percentage in 32 games since getting benched for three games in May, a period Gordon referred to as his detention.

Mattingly thinks Gordon's struggles will help him in the long term, if not this year as well.

"He just wants to be good. I love that, because I know he'll keep working," Mattingly said. "As long we can keep him in this perspective and not let him get down on himself, we're going to get a great player."

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