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Alex Castellanos Turning Heads In Albuquerque

Will we see Alex Castellanos soon in Los Angeles?
Will we see Alex Castellanos soon in Los Angeles?

As the Dodgers head to Houston to battle the Astros, Juan Uribe's left wrist is the big concern. The Dodgers third baseman is day-to-day after missing the last two games. Uribe will try to take batting practice Friday in Houston, as Ken Gurnick of reported yesterday, but if his inflamed left wrist continues to cause problems that could force the Dodgers' hand.

Should Uribe have to go on the disabled list, don't be surprised if Alex Castellanos gets the call to the big leagues. Castellanos, 25, has hit ever since he was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals last July 31 for shortstop Rafael Furcal.

Castellanos hit .322/.406/.603 with 18 extra-base hits in 32 games with Double A Chattanooga last year, and through 14 games at Triple A Albuquerque this year has hit .339/.443/.695 with 13 extra-base hits and seven stolen bases in 14 games. After walking in 6.2% of his plate appearances in the minor leagues as a Cardinal, Castellanos has 23 walks in 213 PA (10.8%) since joining the Dodgers organization.

"I'm an aggressive type of hitter," Castellanos said during spring training. "I'm just trying to be more patient, get a pitch to hit, get my walks up."

Castellanos was optioned to minor league camp on March 15, and the Dodgers have used him liberally at second base this season after he spent most of the last two years in the outfield. Castellanos has started 13 of his 14 games so far this season in Triple A at second base.

"He has worked his tail off," said Dodgers assistant general manager DeJon Watson. "We have tried to accelerate the learning curve with him, and we are pleased with his overall progress at second base."

Castellanos, who was added to the 40-man roster in November, did not play Thursday night against the Iowa Cubs.

Castellanos has played 76 minor league games at third base, but none since 31 games at the position since 2009. If Castellanos does get the call, it will be interesting to see how often and where he will play, since it is unlikely the organization wants Castellanos to sit on the bench.