Dee Gordon has had a rough start to the 2012 season, but the Dodgers don't have plans to move him down in the lineup, or to the bench, anytime soon.
Gordon had an 0-for-14 slump through Sunday and is hitting .211 with a .250 on-base percentage. He was held out of the starting lineup Sunday for just the fifth time in 34 games this season.
Manager Don Mattingly doesn't plan to make a habit of benching Gordon, nor does he plan to move Gordon from the leadoff spot despite the low on-base percentage.
"Dropping Dee in the order sounds really easy, but who do I hit there? I really don't have a leadoff guy," Mattingly said. "If I had an alternative, I'd consider it. I still have to think about it."
The Dodgers have gotten off to a hot start, at 23-11, and have a six-game lead in the National League West. Mattingly is using that cushion to give Gordon more time to grow into his role and snap out of his early-season funk.
"I know we can't force a square peg into a round hole, but we have...