The Los Angeles Dodgers are sending third baseman Juan Uribe on a minor league rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga beginning Thursday. Uribe has been on the disabled list since May 21 due to a right hamstring strain.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the plan for Uribe was to be at Rancho until Saturday. “He’ll DH tomorrow,” said Mattingly. “I’m assuming as long as everything goes good, he’ll play three in a row there, and then he’ll play a couple days in the field.”
It is unlikely that Uribe will be activated on Sunday in San Diego since it would go against the Dodgers pattern of giving the player the day off directly after a rehab assignment. It would be more reasonable that Uribe would come off the disabled list Monday, when the team opens up a three-game series in Kansas City.
Uribe is hitting .303/.331/.454 with four home runs and 18 RBIs this season and had been among league leaders in hits into mid-May.
“He’s been working hard getting ready,” Mattingly said.
Mattingly said he hopes that Justin Turner will be able to start at third base to open the three-game set against the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers are off Thursday and that would make a total of seven days in between starts for Turner to rest his sore calf.
“I know he’s getting better, but I would like him to be healthy where he’s not trying to play at 90 percent and do something to it,” Mattingly said.
Turner has been great in the absence of Uribe, hitting .387 with three homers and 14 RBIs.
Back To Arizona
News didn’t sound good when it was learned over the weekend that Carl Crawford had been shut down during his rehab for his left ankle at the Dodgers complex at Camelback Ranch Glendale. Crawford had further tests on the ankle with team doctors and he received good news, at least for the time being.
An MRI of Crawford ‘s left ankle showed only inflammation, and the outfielder is back at the Dodgers training facility in Arizona. Although, it has yet to be determined when Crawford will resume running.