During Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodger third baseman Juan Uribe left the game with a mild hamstring strain. The Dodgers made the decision to keep Uribe out of the lineup for the rest of the series, with Uribe completing pre-game conditioning and drills prior to each game to test the severity of the injury.
There was hope the additional rest would allow Uribe’s hamstring to heal while avoiding a trip to the disabled list. Though still in the lineup, prior to Monday’s game against the Miami Marlins, manager Don Mattingly stated Uribe could come off the bench should he be needed, according to OC Register’s Pedro Moura:
Juan Uribe will not be placed on the disabled list, Mattingly says. Taking BP with team, available off bench tonight.
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) May 12, 2014
The Dodgers have been been hit hard by the injury bug to begin the season. Pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson were placed on the DL early on, and were followed by catcher A.J. Ellis and fellow pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu.
While Kershaw and Wilson have made their returns, Ellis and Ryu remain out, but could be returning soon with Ellis finishing a two-game rehab assignment Monday and Ryu potentially throwing off a mound Tuesday.
Before getting hurt, Uribe was one of the more productive Dodgers on the season. His .306 batting average only trails Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig. Uribe has collected 41 hits, which is good for second on the team. Uribe has also driven in 17 runs, just being Adrian Gonzalez and Puig.
The news of Urbie not missing any additional time couldn’t have come at a better time for the Dodgers. The team is coming off a tough weekend that saw them drop three of four to the San Francisco Giants and Uribe’s availability should provide some needed offensive help.
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