LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are getting closer to welcoming back A.J. Ellis and Juan Uribe to their starting lineup, but their return won't be on Tuesday night against the Marlins.
Drew Butera starts at catcher for the Dodgers and Justin Turner gets the call at third base for the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Uribe strained his right hamstring while running out a double play grounder on Thursday against the Giants, and was sidelined the last four games. But over the last few days Uribe was able to increase his activity and was available off the bench if needed on Monday night, though he didn't play.
Manager Don Mattingly said he'd like to hold Uribe out of the starting lineup until Friday in Arizona as a precaution, but that Uribe would be available off the bench if needed.
"He thinks he could play today, Stan thinks he could play today. He did have a hamstring injury five days ago, and we don't want him to come back before he's totally healed," Mattingly explained."I'd like to buy him time through the off day before I start him."
Ellis caught the last two nights in El Paso with Triple-A Albuquerque to finish up a minor league rehabilitation assignment. Tuesday marks five weeks after Ellis had the procedure to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, the second time in his career he has had that surgery. He returned to Los Angeles for reevaluation on Tuesday, but as of yet hasn't been activated.
Mattingly said the Dodgers on Tuesday won't activate Ellis, who took batting practice before the game. They are giving him a day off after catching the last two days on his rehab assignment.
Carl Crawford after sitting the last two games gets the start in left field over Andre Ethier on Tuesday.