Ever since signing a three-year, $21 million contract prior to the 2011 season, Juan Uribe has been a huge disappointment for the Dodgers. However, he had a rare good game Saturday against the Mets.
Uribe homered, doubled, walked twice, and drove in four runs in Los Angeles’ 8-5 win. He snapped a 1-for-38 slump, and he collected his first multi-RBI game since April 24 and just his second of the season.
“It’s nice for him to feel like he’s a part of it,” manager Don Mattingly said. “He feels like he’s let a lot of guys down. It’s nice for him to come through and help win a game.”
Uribe returned to form Sunday, going 0-for-4 to lower his average to .190. He has two home runs this season. Since joining the Dodgers, Uribe has hit just .199 with a .259 on-base percentage, a .293 slugging percentage and six home runs in 129 games.
“He’s always smiling and playing great defense, busts his butt, and it’s great to see him get hits like the one in the ninth,” said left-hander Chris Capuano, who was supported by Uribe’s offense Saturday.
Although Uribe is well-liked, his poor play has the Dodgers actively looking for an upgrade at third base prior to the non-waiver trade deadline. Any production from Uribe, as with Saturday’s game, is like found money at this point.
NOTES, QUOTES Lilly aims for August return –LHP Ted Lilly, who threw a bullpen session Friday in New York, plans to throw 60-65 pitches in an extended bullpen session Tuesday in St. Louis. Lilly, who has been out since May 24 with shoulder inflammation, hopes to return to the Dodgers by the second week of August. –CF Matt Kemp went 2-for-6 Sunday against the Mets, his fourth consecutive multi-hit game. Since returning from the disabled list, Kemp is hitting .378 (14-for-37) with two home runs in eight games. –RHP Josh Wall pitched a scoreless 12th inning Sunday against the Mets in his major league debut, and he picked up the win. Wall became the first Dodger to pick up a win in relief in his big-league debut since Tim Belcher on Sept. 6, 1987. –C A.J. Ellis sat out Friday and Saturday due to left knee inflammation, the first time all season he missed back-to-back games. However, MRI results were negative, and he started Sunday, going 2-for-5 with a walk. –RHP Ronald Belisario allowed two runs Saturday against the Mets, the fourth time in seven appearances that he allowed at least one run. Belisario has allowed seven runs in his last 6 2/3 innings dating back to July 8, which has caused his ERA to rise from 0.95 to 2.57. –RHP Nathan Eovaldi struck out seven Mets on Sunday to tie a career high, but due to a high pitch count (96), he lasted just 4 1/3 innings. Eovaldi matched his strikeout total from his previous four starts which had totaled 21 1/3 innings. BY THE NUMBERS: 25 — Years since the Dodgers had a pitcher get a win in relief in his major league debut, from Tim Belcher (Sept. 6, 1987) to Josh Wall on Sunday. QUOTE TO NOTE: “Being here for a few days got me settled down, got the nerves settled down and got the butterflies out of the way.” — RHP Josh Wall, after getting the win in relief Sunday in his major league debut.
ROSTER REPORT MEDICAL WATCH: –RHP Chad Billingsley (inflamed right elbow) was scratched from his scheduled start July 15. An MRI showed nothing more than inflammation, but he went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 8. He’s expected back to make a start July 23. –SS Dee Gordon (torn ulnar collateral ligament in right thumb) was hurt on a head-first slide July 4, was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 5 and underwent surgery. He’s out until late August or early September. –RHP Todd Coffey (partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list July 3. He had season-ending Tommy John surgery July 18. –RHP Matt Guerrier (right elbow tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 19, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 4. He threw a bullpen session May 16 and then had to rest for three days with elbow soreness. He had more elbow pain May 23, slowing his recovery again. He threw off flat ground July 1 and July 3 after being pain-free in his elbow for two straight weeks. –RHP Blake Hawksworth (arthroscopic right elbow surgeries in January 2012 and February 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list March 27. He played in an intrasquad game at the Dodgers’ Arizona facility on May 24. He began a rehab assignment with high Class A Rancho Cucamonga on June 22. He was shut down from his rehab assignment for two weeks after experiencing shoulder soreness July 2. –LHP Ted Lilly (left shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 24, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 2. An MRI showed no damage, so he won’t need surgery. He played catch for the first time June 22. He threw off a mound July 8, and he threw another bullpen session July 20. –INF Justin Sellers (bulging lower back disk) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 23, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 29. The problem was causing him numbness in his right leg. He received a second epidural injection in early June. –RHP Rubby De La Rosa (Tommy John surgery in August 2011) went on the 60-day disabled list March 26.