The Dodgers today placed Casey Blake on the disabled list with an infected left elbow, and have recalled Russ Mitchell from Triple A Albuquerque. In fact, the infection for Blake was so bad that he already has had elbow surgery, per Dylan Hernandez and Baxter Holmes of the LA Times. Blake's arm will be in a sling for 10 days, and he will miss up to six weeks, Don Mattingly told reporters before the game.
Mitchell will wear number 46 for the Dodgers.
For the first time since Jerry Sands was promoted 11 days ago, the Dodgers face a left-handed starter tonight in Clayton Richard. Mattingly stuck to his guns, and is sitting James Loney tonight, putting Sands at first base for the first time in his major league career. Marcus Thames starts in left field, his first start since April 13.
Juan Uribe, who was out of the lineup for five straight days with tightness in his left thigh, is back in the lineup tonight, playing third base, which figures to be his position for the foreseeable future while Blake is out. Uribe did pinch hit in each of the last two games, collecting a game-tying RBI double on Wednesday.
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: Prime Ticket