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Updates on Juan Uribe and Scott Elbert, more on Clint Robinson addition

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

KANSAS CITY -- Don Mattingly commented on the roster move and gave updates on the injured players prior to Wednesday's game against the Royals.

It was the need for a left-handed bat on the bench that brought Clint Robinson to the Dodgers.

"He is someone from the other side of the plate, someone we could use off the bench," Mattingly said. "Clint can hit, we like the way he swung the bat in spring training, he did well in Albuquerque."

Mattingly is hopeful Jamie Romak will be back on the Dodgers.

"He's a guy with a great attitude," Mattingly said. "I think [Romak] can make some small changes but that is tough to do when you come up here."

On Romak's future, Mattingly added, "I guess in one sense, if he is going to the big leagues, you'd want that for him but if not, we'd talked about keeping him."

Notes

Juan Uribe could be activated as soon as Thursday. Uribe had Wednesday off after coming out good from his rehab games with Rancho Cucamonga. It will depend on how Uribe feels when he comes to the ballpark.

Hanley Ramirez's availability Wednesday night remains in question.

"He was better today, but not quite where we want," Mattingly said. "They will warm Ramirez up, to see if we can use him to pinch hit or not."

Mattingly also said that Ramirez will see team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Thursday when the team returns home to Los Angeles.

Scott Elbert will throw another inning on Thursday.

Carl Crawford is doing better, able to run, swing the bat in the cage.

Mattingly said the shoulder injury to Joc Pederson "didn't sound like anything long-term," which was later clarified to at least 10 days with a mild shoulder separation.