Injuries can be like waves, coming in one moment, heading out the next. Now the Dodgers, who probably figure they’re a little due for some good injury news, appear about to receive some.
Manager Don Mattingly said that third baseman Juan Uribe (sore hamstring) would be available to pinch-hit Monday and possibly to start Tuesday, and that catcher A.J. Ellis (knee surgery) was scheduled to rejoin the team Tuesday.
Ellis, who made his second rehab start Monday for triple-A Albuquerque, will be examined by the team's medical staff Tuesday and could be activated from the disabled list Wednesday.
“He’ll come back tomorrow and have Stan [Conte, head trainer] look at him and we’ll see where we go from there,” Mattingly said.
Ellis has not played since April 5 and had arthroscopic knee surgery three days later.
Uribe strained his right hamstring Thursday and has not played since. Prior to Monday’s game he ran the bases and did some fielding drills. The Dodgers have been hoping to avoid placing Uribe on the DL.
“He did a lot today and we’ll see if he’s sore at all tomorrow,” Mattingly said.
“Whatever it is, we don’t feel like it will be 15 [days on the disabled list]. He is going to be usable, so even if it’s off the bench for a couple of days, we can still do things with him. It looks like we’re getting to the point where we’re comfortable it’s not going to be a DL.”
When Ellis is activated, catcher Miguel Olivo (.217) is expected to return to Albuquerque.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times