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Kemp, Uribe return, Hairston improving

5/7/2012

LOS ANGELES -- There was good news, more good news and semi-good news for the Los Angeles Dodgers on the injury front Monday. First, All-Star center fielder Matt Kemp returned to the lineup after sitting out Sunday's game in Chicago -- he did pinch hit -- with a tight left hamstring. Also, third baseman Juan Uribe, who has been battling a sore left wrist, returned to the starting lineup for the first time in a week.

Meanwhile, much-utilized utility infielder Jerry Hairston's left hamstring, which he pulled running out an infield single on Sunday, doesn't appear to be as severe as originally thought. Team officials are cautiously optimistic that Hairston can return in the next couple of days, so they are hoping to avoid putting him on the disabled list.

That, of course, means the Dodgers will be playing short for at least one game, maybe two.

"We're going to bite the bullet with Jerry for a day here and see where we're at,'' Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Really, what makes that possible is Juan Uribe feeling like he is ready to go.''

Here is tonight's lineup against the San Francisco Giants:

Dee Gordon, SS

Mark Ellis, 2B

Matt Kemp, CF

Andre Ethier, RF

Juan Rivera, 1B

Bobby Abreu, LF

Juan Uribe, 3B

A.J. Ellis, C

Ted Lilly, LH