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Day after spot-start win, Fife optioned for Gordon

ST. LOUIS -- The Dodgers optioned right-hander Stephen Fife to Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday, recalling shortstop Dee Gordon.

Fife was activated from the disabled list (right shoulder bursitis) Sunday to make a spot start against the Cubs so that the rest of the rotation could get an extra day of rest. Fife tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings in a win against Chicago.

"I'm not too stuck on anything, so whatever they decide, any way I can contribute is fine by me," Fife said. "I'm just trying to contribute in any way I can."

Fife is now 4-3 with a 2.47 ERA in nine starts with the Dodgers this season.

Gordon is batting .366 since July 14 in Triple-A games and leads the Pacific Coast League in stolen bases with 44. Although Gordon offers insurance at shortstop with Hanley Ramirez's status in question, manager Don Mattingly said he intended to recall the 25-year-old before Ramirez injured his shoulder.

Gordon was with the Dodgers from May 4-26 and batted .175 with a homer and five RBIs in 19 games.

Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for
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