Juan Uribe to begin rehab stint

Updated: June 5, 2012, 11:30 PM ET
By Will Gonzalez | Special to ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Juan Uribe and Javy Guerra took steps Tuesday to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers' active roster from the DL.

Third baseman Uribe is set to start a rehab stint in the minors this week, while Guerra underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus on his left knee.

"Tomorrow or the day after, I'm off to rehab," Uribe said Tuesday in front of his locker in the visitor's clubhouse in Philadelphia.

Uribe traveled with the team even though he wasn't able to play because of discomfort in his left wrist, which forced him on the DL on May 14. He hopes to rejoin the team Monday for the interleague series against the neighboring Los Angeles Angels in Dodger Stadium.

"I'll play one, two, three games at rehab and from there start playing (in the majors), God willing," Uribe said. "I think I will be ready. Let's see how we do at rehab and how I feel in those games.

"Practice and games are two different things. Sometimes you feel well at practice and in games [it's] not the same. You know you will not be at a 100 percent when coming back from injury, but playing is the only way you know how you are," he said.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is anxious to have Uribe in his lineup and promised that if he joins the team on Monday, it's to come back and play.

"If Juan comes back [it's] because he's ready to play," Mattingly said.

While Uribe is close to returning to the active roster, former closer Guerra took his first step to coming back when doctors repaired the torn meniscus on his right leg.

"The doctor was very happy with how surgery went. There was no other damage in there," Mattingly said. "We hope he returns in the standard four to six week period."

Guerra injured his knee on April 28 when Braves catcher Brian McCann's line drive hit hit him in the face, and in the motion to avoid being hit, Guerra twisted his knee. This had an effect on his pitching mechanics, which eventually led to him losing the closer position to Kenley Jansen.

"We hope he starts throwing in a couple of days," said Mattingly, who hopes the surgery helps Guerra regain the form that helped the right-handed reliever to notch five saves before losing his closer job.

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