LOS ANGELES -- Trayvon Robinson, the switch-hitting outfielder who is having a solid season for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Triple-A Albuquerque affiliate, will play in the majors sometime this season, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.
"There is talk about him," Mattingly said. "We pay attention to what's going on in Triple-A. He has great numbers, but we talk to our scouts and staff about what will be best for him. We will see him at some point this year."
Robinson entered Sunday's game against New Orleans hitting .303 with 26 homers, 70 RBIs and a .380 on-base percentage in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He was, however, averaging a strikeout every 3.1 at-bats, and in a statistical anomaly, had only nine doubles.
With the Dodgers' every-day outfield having basically settled into an alignment of Tony Gwynn Jr. in left, Matt Kemp in center and Andre Ethier in right, Robinson probably won't be called up until the Isotopes' season has ended, and they remain in contention for a possible playoff spot. By the time the PCL regular season ends on Sept. 5, however, major league clubs will be able to expand their rosters to up to 40 players, meaning Robinson could then be called up without another player having to be moved to make room for him.
Robinson was the Dodgers' 10th-round pick in the 2005 draft. Mattingly managed him last year in the Arizona Fall League.
Also, Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe's abdominal flareup won't land him on the disabled list for now. Uribe left Saturday night's game against the Washington Nationals after five innings because of continued discomfort in the area.
"Juan is feeling a little something in there," Mattingly said. "I'm hoping it's a one day or two day thing."
Meanwhile, third baseman Casey Blake said he is feeling much better than he was on Friday, when he suffered a setback in his effort to return from the 15-day DL, where he has been since July 3 with a cervical strain in his neck. After waking up feeling good for several mornings, Blake tried some baseball activity on the field Friday and immediately felt discomfort.
Blake said Sunday he is now able to do some of those things without pain.
"I feel awesome today," he said. "I had a better day yesterday (than Friday). Everything, hitting, throwing, was a little better."
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.