The Dodgers on Monday activated Juan Uribe from the disabled list, as expected. He had been on the shelf since May 14, missing the last 27 games with a left wrist injury. Uribe completed a weekend rehab assignment with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, where he went 3-for-10 with a home run and a triple in three games.
Uribe will resume his starting job at third base upon returning, with a lot of work to do to remove the bust label he has earned since signing a three-year, $21 million contract before last season. Since joining the Dodgers, Uribe has all of five home runs in 102 games, hitting .214/.273/.303.
This year, Uribe is hitting .250/.302/.338 with one home run and 10 RBI in 25 games, and that that represents an improvement shows just how terrible he was in 2011.
Uribe last started at third base on May 12, and in the 28 games since Dodgers third basemen (Adam Kennedy: 13 starts, 51 plate appearances; Elian Herrera: nine starts, 46 PA; Jerry Hairston Jr.: four starts, 18 PA; Justin Sellers: one start, five PA; Ivan De Jesus: four PA) have hit .290/.374/.374 with seven doubles and 12 RBI.
To make room for Uribe, the Dodgers optioned Alex Castellanos back to Triple A Albuquerque. Castellanos was 3-for-21 in his first stint in the big leagues, with a triple and four RBI. He started four of the 11 games while he was with the Dodgers.
"He needs to keep playing," manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com Sunday. "He hasn't been in the outfield much this year, they're trying to make him a second baseman. He's played fearless up here, aggressive. He still has work to do and at times his swing gets long and they throw the ball by him."
With Uribe back at third base and Hairston now at second base, Herrera will switch to more of a utility role. The 27-year old rookie had started 20 of the last 22 games, and is hitting .295/.386/.364 on the season.