Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe was initially slated to play third base and bat sixth yesterday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and starter Gerrit Cole. Instead, the veteran was a late scratch, as he was dealing with tightness in his back, according to Steven Petrella of MLB.com.
Manager Don Mattingly told reporters that Uribe was expected to suit up Sunday, but prior to the game he was having issues bending over. The skipper is hopeful that Uribe will be able to return Tuesday against the New York Yankees.
"We thought he was going to be able to go. He swung the
bat OK. He had trouble bending over, which is not exactly great for
third," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "So, we had to scratch him,
but I'm hoping with the day off tomorrow he should hopefully be ready to roll
[Tuesday against the Yankees]."
Uribe has appeared in 50 games for the Dodgers this season while covering first and third base. He's hit .274/.368/.410 with seven doubles and three home runs over 137 plate appearances.
To replace Uribe, the Dodgers moved Skip Schumaker to second base, Nick Punto covered shortstop, Luis Cruz slid to third and Alex Castellanos was inserted into left field. Cruz and catcher Tim Federowicz were each moved up in the batting order.
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