One day after placing Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list, the Los Angeles Dodgers have lost another starter to injury.
Juan Uribe was removed from Friday’s game with tightness in his right hamstring and on Saturday, the Dodgers placed the third baseman on the DL and recalled Carlos Triunfel from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Following the loss, manager Don Mattingly said he was concerned by the situation given how delicate hamstring injuries can be.
This marks the second time this season a right hamstring issue has forced Uribe to go on the DL. In May, Uribe attempted to use rest as a means for recovery and wound up on the DL after returning and starting in just four games.
Mattingly said that played into the Dodgers taking a cautious approach the second time around, via Everett Cook of the LA Times:
We want to play it a little bit cautiously with him, too, with it being the same leg,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. “Last time he felt good for four or five days, played three or four, and then he missed 30 days. That’s the one thing that we don’t want to have happen, so we’re going to be cautious.”
An identical five-week timetable would have Uribe returning with roughly one week left in the regular season. Justin Turner will likely get the bulk of the starts at third base, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com did report Hanley Ramirez was fielding ground balls at the position:
Hanley Ramirez is taking grounders at third base.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 16, 2014
Ramirez of course is on the DL himself and still recovering from an oblique strain. The Dodgers claimed Triunfel off waivers in April and he joins the team for the fifth time this season. The 24 year old has appeared in 11 games with the Dodgers and started three of them.
Triunfel exclusively played at shortstop for the Dodgers, but logged time at second and third base for the Isotopes. Miguel Rojas is also capable of filling in at third, so too is Darwin Barney, though Mattingly recently stated he didn’t believe Barney was all that comfortable at the position.
The Dodgers went 20-14 during Uribe’s five-week absence. This season Uribe is hitting .293 with six home runs and 35 RBIs.
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