The Los Angeles Dodgers have been snakebitten by injuries six weeks into the 2014 season. Clayton Kershaw was placed on the disabled list after making just one start, and he was followed by A.J. Ellis, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brian Wilson, with Ryu being the most recent to be placed on the 15-day DL.
The aforementioned players doesn’t include those were on the DL at the beginning of the season. Juan Uribe left Thursday’s game early with what the team called a mild hamstring strain. Uribe was held out of the lineup in Friday night’s loss with the idea that a night off could aid Uribe’s recovery.
Uribe was on the field throwing under trainer Stan Conte’s watch before Saturday afternoon’s game and he again was absent from the lineup. While Uribe didn’t play in the Dodgers’ 6-2 win, he did complete some individual work but whether or not he will be placed on the DL is still unknown, reports Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register:
Mattingly: Still no decision on Juan Uribe (hamstring). Did some running in tunnel, wt room. See how he feels tomorrow. Still hopeful no DL
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 11, 2014
Uribe has been one of the more productive Dodger hitters in what’s been a season full of offensive struggles and frustration. The 35-year-old third baseman, who is in the first season of a new two-year deal, is third on the team with a .306 batting average and 17 RBIs, and second with 41 hits.
Should Uribe be placed on the DL, the Dodgers may look at Chone Figgins and Justin Turner to help fill the void, or once again call up utility infielder Carlos Triunfel. Turner earned the start Friday night and made a pinch-hit appearance Saturday, while Figgins started at third in the Saturday’s game. Uribe’s production will be missed as Figgins and Turner have both struggled at the plate in limited opportunities, though Figgins has shown the ability to reach base via a walk.
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