The Los Angeles Dodgers have seen the effects key injures can cause. As they head towards the postseason, the team is looking to get healthy and put together the best lineup they can to win. A key player in that diagram is making some strides towards getting back on the field.
On August 15, starting third baseman Juan Uribe left the game early and headed to the clubhouse. Later on, it was determined that he felt tightness in his hamstring and he was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Manager Don Mattingly made it clear that there is serious concern about the hamstring and that dealing with the healing process can be tricky because you don’t want to test it too much early on. Head trainer Stan Conte was seen working with Uribe on the field on Wednesday, via Bill Plunkett of the OC Register:
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 27, 2014
The 13-year veteran was also seen batting in Hyun-Jin Ryu’s simulated game. He hit a tapper back to Ryu, which caused the South Korean pitcher to share a laugh with his teammate.
In the beginning of May, the 35-year-old missed five games, but avoided the disabled list. Later that month, Uribe re-strained the hamstring and was placed on the disabled list for five weeks before returning.
In 81 games played this season, the two-time World Series champion is batting .293 with six home runs and 35 RBIs. Many would argue that he is having his best season hitting for the Dodgers and when healthy, his defensive and offensive contributions could be a major threat in the upcoming postseason.
Uribe will be eligible to come off of the disabled list on August 31.
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