Justin Turner, Dee Gordon platooning at second base for now

Matt King

Dee Gordon isn't starting tonight for the Dodgers, but he'll get the bulk of starts at second base in the near term.

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers open the Freeway Series against the Angels with essentially their everyday lineup against left-handed pitchers, with southpaw Hector Santiago starting for the Halos.

That means the right-handed Justin Turner at second base in place of Dee Gordon. Turner, who started on Opening Day on Saturday, bats seventh tonight.

Manager Don Mattingly said for right now second base is essentially a platoon between Gordon and Turner. Facing more right-handed pitchers than lefties, Gordon will get the bulk of the playing time anyway, but Mattingly said he would like to see someone grab hold of the position.

"I want to give Dee some shots, because he brings another dynamic to us if he can go regular. If Dee can take that job it gives us some flexibility with Justin and how we use him," Mattingly said. "I want to be able to use our guys all over. If somebody takes it over, we'll see."

Gordon, owner of a career .312 slugging percentage and an isolated power (slugging percentage minus batting average) of .056, hit four triples in 46 plate appearances during spring training. He was 3-for-4 with a double and a sacrifice fly on Sunday against Arizona.

"We're happy with where Dee is, the way he's looked at second base and the way he's looked at the plate. We're seeing a little more pop in his bat," Mattingly said. "The extra 10-12 pounds he's put on has put a different dynamic in the way the ball comes off his bat."

One person not in the mix is Alex Guerrero, who was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday. Additionally, Guerrero strained an intercostal muscle on Wednesday and won't be available during the Freeway Series. His availability for the Isotopes' season opener on April 3 could be in question.

"Those intercostals are tough," Mattingly said.

Corey Seager is up from minor league camp for a taste of the Freeway Series, wearing No. 94. Other position players in uniform for the Dodgers from the minors tonight are catchers Tim Federowicz and Jose Capellan (No. 96), infielders Miguel Rojas and Darnell Sweeney (No. 87), and outfielder Joc Pederson and Trayvon Robinson (No. 90).

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