The Los Angeles Dodgers received more bad news on the medical front on Thursday: Dee Gordon will need surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb and will miss six weeks.
Gordon was the third Dodger in three days to be placed on the disabled list, joining Todd Coffey (Tommy John surgery, Tuesday) and Andre Ethier (left oblique strain, Wednesday). But the Dodgers somehow keep plugging along.
The Dodgers, left for dead after losing seven straight games and 12 of 14, have won three straight and four of their last five games after Thursday's 4-1 win in Arizona and are back in first place in the National League West, a game and a half up on the Giants.
"(Gordon is) going to be fine. It's going to be a temporary thing," the manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com. "This is six weeks. You'll be right here playing. Before you know it, you'll be back out there."
The players have fed off of Mattingly's positive attitude and his mantra of simply trying to "win every day." Thursday, the Dodgers got home runs from 27-year-old utility man Elian Herrera, his first in the majors, and Scott Van Slyke, his second. In addition, 28-year-old journeyman Luis Cruz had two hits and an RBI on Thursday as the Dodgers get contributions from just about everywhere.
The Dodgers continue to buy time until the return of Matt Kemp and Ethier after the All-Star break. With just three games remaining before the break, it looks as if the two star outfielders, who have hit 22 of the Dodgers' 48 home runs this season, will be returning to a team still in first place.