Dodgers think Juan Uribe can avoid DL

May, 12, 2014
May 12
5:53
PM PT
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are cautiously optimistic Juan Uribe can avoid the 15-day disabled list, with manager Don Mattingly saying Uribe would even be available as a pinch hitter or as part of a double switch during Monday night’s game with the Miami Marlins.

Uribe took batting practice on the field for the first time since straining his right hamstring in Thursday night’s game. If all goes well, he could be in the starting lineup Tuesday night. In Uribe’s absence, Dodgers third basemen have gone 1-for-10. Uribe also might be the Dodgers’ best fielder.

“He’s kind of done enough stuff that [trainer Stan Conte] is feeling good about him today,” Mattingly said. “At this moment, Juan will be available in different roles tonight. No DL.”

Also, catcher A.J. Ellis is scheduled to end his two-game minor league rehab assignment Tuesday and could be activated from the DL. Ellis had arthroscopic knee surgery April 8.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
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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