LOS ANGELES -- Before Monday night's game against the Mariners, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and third baseman Juan Uribe were each awarded their Wilson Defensive Player of the Year awards, as the top fielders in baseball at their position in 2014.
For Gonzalez, it was his fourth award in six days, along with getting his 2014 National League Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards last Wednesday and winning the NL Player of the Week earlier on Monday.
Uribe sits on Monday, a second straight day off after suffering left hamstring tightness on what was originally a day off on Saturday against the Diamondbacks. Uribe didn't start that game but entered in the bottom of the third after Justin Turner was spiked on the hand. Uribe left after the inning was over after tweaking his hamstring.
Uribe felt better on Monday but was held out as a precaution.
"Stan [Conte, team trainer] would have been okay if he was in there today, but since he didn't take any ground balls and didn't do the full workout, it just seems safer for me to give him an extra day," manager Don Mattingly said, "to make sure everything goes well, have him available, and give him the best chance for this to not end up being a six-week hamstring injury."
Uribe spent two stints on the disabled list with hamstring strains in 2014, missing 34 games in May and June, then 12 more games in August.
Good day for leading off
Darwin Barney got his first start of the year on Monday night, starting at shortstop in place of Jimmy Rollins, a planned day off for Rollins, per Mattingly.
Barney, with a career .294 on-base percentage including .300 in 2014, isn't an ideal leadoff candidate, but he got the start batting first for the 16th time in his career, simply taking Rollins' normal spot in the lineup.
"I didn't really know who to put there honestly. I could have put Alex there, but that didn't seem right. I could have put A.J. [Ellis] there or Joc [Pederson] there, but I didn't really know," Mattingly said. "I didn't want to move Yasiel [Puig] around, I didn't want to move Howie. With Darwin, I figured that was the best spot for him."
With left-hander James Paxton starting for the Mariners, Barney's .265/.320/.376 career mark against southpaws is much more palatable at the top of the lineup, at least. Plus, this is Barney's at-bat music so anything that gets him more plate appearances should be celebrated: