NEW YORK -- The Dodgers on Wednesday placed third baseman Juan Uribe on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, one night after he aggravated the injury in a win over the Mets. In a corresponding move, the team recalled Erisbel Arruebarrena from Double-A Chattanooga.
Uribe originally strained the hamstring on May 8 against the Giants while running out a double play. He missed five games and didn't start a sixth, limited to pinch hitting duty on May 14 against the Marlins - he doubled. Uribe played all three games over the weekend in Arizona and was 2-for-5 with an RBI in Tuesday's series opener in New York. He re-injured the hamstring while running to second base on a ninth-inning double, and told reporters after the game this felt worse than his original injury.
On the season Uribe is hitting .303/.331/.454 with 11 doubles and four home runs in 40 games, and is easily the best defensive player on the club.
The Dodgers will likely use a combination of Justin Turner and Chone Figgins at third base in Uribe's absence, with Arruebarrena here to fortify the bench.
Arruebarrena, signed to a five-year, $25 million contract in February, was hitting just .208/.252/.302 in 25 games for the Lookouts, all at shortstop. Over his last seven games Arruebarrena was 11-for-29 (.379), including his first professional home run.
At the time of the signing in February, general manager Ned Colletti said of Arruebarrena, "We think he adds to our major league club at some point this year. His defense is good enough today that it was worth us signing."