Juan Uribe progressing, Carl Crawford in Arizona nearing return

Jeff Gross

Notes on a few injured Dodgers in various stages of rehabilitation.

LOS ANGELES -- Much like the results if the two players were to race one another, Carl Crawford is ahead of Juan Uribe in rehabbing from injury. Crawford is at the Dodgers facility in spring training in Arizona getting multiple at-bats in simulated games.

Manager Don Mattingly called Crawford's trip to Arizona a "Matt program," in reference to recent frequent rehabilitator Matt Kemp, who played several simulated games against minor leaguers in Arizona both last year and during spring training in 2014, getting several at-bats per day in controlled environments that don't necessarily require a ton of running.

Mattingly said Crawford would need a few days in Arizona before he is ready to return to playing in games. Crawford last played on May 27. Friday marks his 16th straight game missed with a sprained left ankle.

Uribe hasn't played since May 20, dealing with a right hamstring strain. He has been taking batting practice and doing fielding drills, and has gradually increased his baseball drills.

"His main thing will be when is going to be able to play a few games? I know he still has to pass the baserunning things he has to do, the curves and the turns," Mattingly said. "We're still a few days away from that part of it. Ground ball wise, hitting wise he looks good. He's not too far away, but it's not tomorrow."

Uribe's hamstring injury was actually an aggravation of a strain he suffered on May 8 against San Francisco. The third baseman was limited to one pinch-hitting appearance in six games, then started four games before straining the hamstring again on May 20 in New York.

Counting Friday, Uribe will have missed 22 of the last 27 games with this right hamstring injury and will almost certainly need a minor league rehab assignment before his return, maybe even the Matt program.

"He's gonna need some at-bats," Mattingly said. "He's been out long enough."


Hanley Ramirez is back in the starting lineup for the Dodgers, but Mattingly said he put him in the lineup on faith, hopeful he would be ready, and that a decision would be made after batting and fielding practice. Judging how Ramirez was launching balls into the pavilions during batting practice, it looks as if he might remain in the lineup, which is the case about 75 minutes before first pitch.

Justin Turner, who has multi-hit games in each of his last five starts and is hitting .394/.459/.485 in June, is out of the lineup on Friday with calf tightness.

"He had a little leg thing a couple days ago, then re-aggravated it yesterday," Mattingly said. "Not enough to make it long term, but enough to give him a day."

The Dodgers are 49-50 all-time on Friday the 13th.

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