Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Is the Juan Uribe era nearly over?
By Mark Saxon
Normally, the return of a 36-year-old, .250-hitting utility player wouldn't garner much attention.
But many people have begun anticipating the corresponding roster move the Dodgers must make Friday, when Adam Kennedy is scheduled to come off the disabled list in Miami. Will the Dodgers cut ties with Juan Uribe and get nothing out of the $10 million they'll be paying him through the end of next season, or take the safer route and send Jerry Sands back to Triple-A?
Asked to describe Uribe's role Tuesday, manager Don Mattingly didn't exactly give an indication the team has big plans.
"He's an extra, basically, on a team that's pretty well set, lineup-wise," Mattingly said.
Uribe, batting .193 with two home runs in 150 at-bats, hasn't played since Aug. 1 and hasn't started since July 22. The Dodgers have an everyday shortstop now, Hanley Ramirez, and they seem to prefer Jerry Hairston Jr. and Luis Cruz at third.
Kennedy was scheduled to play in rehabilitation games for Triple-A Albuquerque the next two nights and then travel to meet the team in South Florida.
* Shane Victorino said Monday he would like to re-sign with the Dodgers when his contract expires after this season and Mattingly sounded fond of the idea when asked about it before Tuesday's game.
"He fits," Mattingly said. "He fits, really, for what we've missed. We were looking for a guy up front, at the top of the order. We talked about it many times, with Dee [Gordon's] struggles, we didn't really have a leadoff guy. Obviously, switch hitter, a lot of speed, which is nice."
Here are lineups for Tuesday night's game against the Colorado Rockies:
Eric Young Jr. RF
Josh Rutledge SS
Dexter Fowler CF
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Jordan Pacheco 3B
Ramon Hernandez C
Tyler Colvin 1B
Jonathan Herrera 2B
Alex White P
Hairston Jr. 3B
Matt Kemp CF
Andre Ethier RF
Hanley Ramirez SS
James Loney 1B
Luis Cruz 2B
A.J. Ellis C
Aaron Harang P