Originally written on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 11/14/14

The Dodgers activated Juan Uribe from the disabled list today, and wait, what's this? The Dodgers super awesome manager has kept him out of the lineup. A sign of things to come? I certainly hope so. Jerry Hairston has been one of the more consistent offensive weapons for the Dodgers in the early part of the 2012 season.

Hairston, is leading the Dodgers in the batting average category hitting .356/.429/.510 with 15 RBI's, and two homers in 104 at bats going into tonight's game against the Angels of Anaheim.

Uribe, well let's just be a tad bit on the nice side and just say Hairston beats him in every statistical category. Uribe has 80 at-bats versus the 104 of Hairston. So 24 more at bats, average of four a game, so that's really only six more games that Hairston has over Uribe. Woohoo I can do math, can you Mattingly? Why would Mattingly insert Uribe in the lineup? It's actually quite simple. He absolutely should not!

There is absolutely no reason to at this point, or ever for that matter. In my opinion Uribe seems destined for utility role at this point, unless of course someone goes down with an injury. Hairston has clearly played his way into the starting lineup, for that matter so has Elian Herrera, so why play an inferior Uribe if there is no reason to?

Herrera is hitting .295 with a .386 on-base percentage, while being another consistent player toward the top of the Dodgers' lineup. Elian has tallied 11 RBI's, 6 doubles and swiped three bases in 25 games this season. So wait? The rookie is also better than Uribe? Yep! So why is Herrera headed to a utility role and not Uribe? Only Donnie can answer that for us, but I suspect it won't take long before Mattingly realizes that's not the smartest approach after all.

Having Uribe around will certainly be nice for giving regular rest to the infield starters. The depth is a luxury, but there is no reason to make him a starter again just because he makes more money than our current third baseman, shortstop, and second baseman combined. I really see no reason at this point why Uribe should be a starter other than reason I just mentioned. Do you? Am I missing something here? Didn't think so...

To make room on the roster for Uribe, the Dodgers optioned Alex Castellanos back to AAA where he will see regular playing time again. Castellanos, who was called up when Matt Kemp was sent back to the DL on May 31, hit only .143 and struck out seven times in 21 at-bats. Smart move. No reason for Castellanos to waste time on the bench, this guy needs regular playing time, and it just ain't happening on the MLB roster quite yet.
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