Sidelined shortstop Rafael Furcal could return from the disabled list as a second baseman so rookie Dee Gordon can remain in the lineup, Manager Don Mattingly said.

Mattingly said he and General Manager Ned Colletti have discussed the possibility of a position change for Furcal, who has played only 34 of his 1,414 career games at second base. Furcal has played second base in the Dominican winter league, but hasn't played the position in the major leagues since 2004.

Mattingly and Colletti haven't yet approached Furcal with the idea, but the two-time All-Star said Friday that he would be open to it.

"If I have to do it to help the team, I'll do it," Furcal said.

Furcal could start a minor league rehabilitation with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga as early as Sunday.

Furcal, who has been on the disabled list since June 4 because of a strained side muscle, said he has enjoyed watching Gordon because he reminds him of a shortstop he knows well.

"He reminds me of me, when I started my career," Furcal said. "He's been tremendous. He's demonstrated that he can play here. He plays good defense. He's hit well. He has his own style of play. He might be young, but he recognizes how to play his game."

In the last week, Mattingly has tried to downplay expectations for Gordon, warning that opposing pitchers would be adjusting to him.