Juan Uribe has been out of the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup since straining his hamstring for the second time this season May 20. The injury occurred in the ninth inning of a Dodgers win over the New York Mets as Uribe hit a ball down the left field line and came up lane once he rounded first base.
Uribe wasn’t placed on the disabled list after his first strain, missed only five games, but with the second being worse, the Dodgers placed him on the DL May 21, where he’s remained despite being eligible to be reinstated. Uribe began his rehab assignment Thursday with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
As the designated hitter in the lineup, Uribe went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and one strikeout. There weren’t reports of any setbacks and Uribe is scheduled to play third base for the Quakes Friday and Saturday.
Should all go well, Uribe could return to the Dodgers Monday, when they begin a three-game set on the road with the Kansas City Royals. In Uribe’s absence, the Dodgers have looked to Chone Figgins and Justin Turner, and more recently, rookie Miguel Rojas.
Turner responded well to the consistent playing time, while Figgins continued to put together one patient at-bat after another.
However, aside from three pinch-hit appearances, Turner has been out of the lineup with calf soreness. Figgins was placed on the DL with a quad strain, which has opened the door for Rojas. The rookie infielder had a big defensive play in Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter and he also hit a three-run double, which was the first extra-base hit of his career.
Despite Turner’s and Rojas’ play, Uribe’s return will certainly be welcomed by the Dodgers. He’s hitting .303 this season with four home runs and 18 RBIs as he emerged as one of the more consistent threats in the lineup.
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