Hanley Ramirez was out of the lineup again Thursday, but apparently his sore shoulder isn’t too bad.
Instead, the Dodgers activated Uribe from the DL and optioned infielder Carlos Triunfel back to triple-A Albuquerque.
Uribe was back in the lineup at third Thursday against the Cardinals. It was his first game since May 20, when he went on the DL after aggravating a previous right hamstring injury.
Manager Don Mattingly said he would try to ease Uribe back this time.
“We’re going to be a little careful,” Mattingly said. “He’s fired up to get back out there and be in there every day, but we’re going to blend him in slowly. We’ll try and make sure he doesn’t have a setback. We’re going to try and be a little careful early on.”
Mattingly said initially he might play Uribe every other day.
It doesn’t hurt that in Uribe's absence Justin Turner has played very well as his primary replacement. In his 28 games (21 starts) since Uribe went on the DL, Turner has hit .349 with 17 runs and 14 runs batted in.
“It does make it easier when J.T. is swinging the bat, Miguel [Rojas] is playing everywhere and playing well,” Mattingly said. “It’s a good thing actually.”
Rojas started at shortstop Thursday for Ramirez, who sat out his third consecutive game and fifth in the last 15 because of the irritated joint in his right shoulder.
Triunfel appeared in seven games during his call-up, going two for seven with a homer.