Juan Uribe could still be headed to DL

May, 9, 2014
May 9
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will wait until at least Saturday to decide whether to put third baseman Juan Uribe on the 15-day disabled list. Uribe left Thursday night's game after straining his right hamstring and he skipped the team's pregame workout Friday.

"He looks pretty normal walking and things like that, so it's not one of those blow-ups, where a guy gets shot and he can't walk, so we're saying, 'mild,' but we'll see," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Hamstrings are tricky, because you can feel pretty good and, if you can't run, you can't play."

Justin Turner, batting .173, and Chone Figgins, hitting .167, are the Dodgers' third-base options while Uribe is out. Turner was slated to start at third Friday night against the San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers don't have an enticing Triple-A option as they've rotated three players in Albuquerque. Minor league journeyman Jamie Romak has played the majority of the games there.

So, if Uribe goes on the DL, it could be a significant blow both offensively and defensively.

"We miss all of it," Mattingly said.

Meanwhile, pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (left shoulder inflammation) began his throwing program Friday and might not need a rehab assignment, meaning he could return in the next 10 days or so. Catcher A.J. Ellis caught seven innings in a camp game in Arizona and could go out on a rehab assignment in the coming days, lining up to be activated from the DL sometime next week.

Mark Saxon

Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.



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