LOS ANGELES -- One Dee Gordon swing turned the Dodgers' night from bad to worse Tuesday.The rookie shortstop, who was making his first start since he hurt his shoulder Saturday, aggravated the injury on an eighth-inning foul ball and was removed from the game mid at-bat. He'll undergo an MRI Wednesday. Given that the Dodgers dealt Rafael Furcal at the Trade Deadline to open the position for the speedy 23-year-old, Gordon's injury may prove more troubling to the organization than the final score -- a 2-1 loss to the Phillies that dropped the Dodgers 11 games back in the National League West. Gordon, who was supposed to use August and September as an audition and an acclimation period, gave the Dodgers some good news, saying the pain in his shoulder was significantly less on Tuesday than when he injured it Saturday making a diving tag during a rundown. But he noted that any injury is automatically worse the second time around. "It's more a concern now because it came back," Gordon said. "Let's see what happens. Let's see how it feels tomorrow." The one condition for Gordon's return, he said, is that his shoulder isn't on his mind the next time he steps into the batter's box. Gordon noted his frustration at the fact that the injury comes just days after he was given the keys to the shortstop job. "It ain't coming at a good time," Gordon said. "But they've seen me play and they've seen what I can do. So I just have to go out, make sure I'm healthy and play hard when I am." Gordon's foul ball ran the count to 0-2, before he was replaced by Trent Oeltjen, who promptly grounded into a rally-killing double play. The Dodgers' offense didn't muster anything off Phillies starter Cliff Lee, only putting four balls out of the infield in his eight innings -- one a first inning line-drive single by Gordon. The silent bats made one of struggling lefty Ted Lilly's best starts of the season go for naught. Lilly finished with two runs allowed on six hits, and he has surrendered just three runs in his last two outings. But he made one crucial mistake after he went 2-0 on Lee with one out in the seventh inning. Lilly assumed Lee would be taking. Instead of his 81-mph changeup that he left over the plate landing safely in the catcher's mitt, it landed several rows deep in the right-field pavilion. "I'm still making one or two mistakes that are costing us enough in some sort of close game," said Lilly, whose 25 homers allowed is the third-most in the NL. "Those are the ones that as a starting pitcher you really want to win." Lee, who joked with Phillies broadcasters before the game that he planned to hit one out of the stadium, was as surprised as anyone. "I never expected that to happen," he said. "But I found myself in a 2-0 count and got a good pitch to hit." Aside from the homer, Lilly only allowed a third-inning run on a flare double by Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins. He worked out of a jam in the first inning before settling down to last a season-high eight frames. He threw 105 pitches, topping the 100 mark for just the third time this year. "With the exception of a few, I was getting the ball in and I was able to change speeds tonight," Lilly said. "I kind of expect that out of myself every now and then." But the Dodgers didn't help Lilly much, managing only a ninth-inning run that proved moot. By game's end, the biggest story regarding that offense was Gordon's injury. Manager Don Mattingly defended the team's decision to insert Gordon back into the lineup. Gordon was cleared to play Monday, but only saw time late in that game as part of a double-switch. "The way he bounced back, you didn't think there was a reason to think anything else [but that hew was healthy]," Mattingly said. "He was able to take BP, do everything without any discomfort." Gordon's small stature isn't much of a concern for Mattingly, who called the injury "a freak injury." Given that Gordon hasn't had injury problems before, Mattingly said it would be unfair to foreshadow any future problems. "It seems to early to be thinking long term with stuff like this," Mattingly said. "It may keep him from missing a couple of at-bats right now, but I don't think it'll keep him from anything long term.
AJ Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.