Dee Gordon begins spring training on the outside looking in for a spot on the major league roster, but the 25-year-old is looking to turn some heads in Dodgers camp.

"I'm looking to get better, and get better everyday," Gordon said. "Get ready for a long season, to help this ball club win games."

Manager Don Mattingly said Gordon weighs over 160 pounds this spring, up from 140 pounds at the start of spring training in 2011.

"I put on a little weight," Gordon said. "Mainly got stronger."

Gordon started 73 of the first 83 games at shortstop for last season, but dislocated his thumb on July 2. When he returned in September, both Hanley Ramirez and Luis Cruz were entrenched in the left side of the infield, and Gordon didn't start another game.

"That was my first time being hurt for an extended time, definitely tough," Gordon said. "I came back to a different situation. It is what it is. There's a business part, but I am a man and you got to handle stuff as a professional."

It helps to have a 21-year major league veteran as a father, in Tom Gordon, to rely on for advice.