It is worse than last time, the Dodgers placing third baseman Juan Uribe on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring Wednesday and calling up light-hitting prospect Erisbel Arruebarrena from double-A Chattanooga.
Arruebarrena is probably not the Cuban infielder the Dodgers would have preferred to call up, but triple-A Albuquerque’s Alex Guerrero reportedly remained hospitalized after having part of his ear bit off Tuesday, allegedly in a dugout fight with teammate Miguel Olivo.
Uribe originally injured the hamstring May 8. The Dodgers termed it a mild strain and he did not go on the DL after missing six starts. He returned to the lineup May 16 but aggravated it Tuesday running out a double.
Uribe is the Dodgers’ best defensive infielder and was batting .303 with four home runs and 18 runs batted in. With Uribe on the DL, Justin Turner and Chone Figgins are expected to share time at third.
Arruebarrena (pronounced Arr-ru-eh-BAHR-ena) is not really expected to help out at third. He’s a lifelong shortstop the Dodgers signed in the off-season to a five-year, $25-million contract.
He’s known for his glove and was batting only .206 for Chattanooga. He was, however, batting .379 (11 for 29) in his last seven games, so there's at least that.
If the Turner-Figgins combo proves ineffective and it’s determined Uribe will be out for a semi-lengthy duration, the Dodgers could ask Hanley Ramirez to move back to third and try Arruebarrena at shortstop.
Arruebarrena is a lifelong friend of Yasiel Puig.
The Dodgers will also need to make another roster move Wednesday before bringing Hyun-Jin Ryu off the disabled list to start against the Mets. Chris Withrow is the only Dodger with options left besides closer Kenley Jansen.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times