CHICAGO -- The good news/bad news treadmill continued for the Dodgers on Sunday, when shortstop Rafael Furcal was activated from the disabled list but Juan Uribe was put on it.
Furcal returned after a five-week break for a fractured left thumb. He started Sunday at shortstop in the Dodgers' Interleague Play finale against the White Sox.
But his returned was tempered by the disabling of Uribe, who suffered a strain of a lower abdominal or hip flexor muscle while making a diving catch Friday night.
"You don't feel great losing one to get another, but it's good to get Fukey back," manager Don Mattingly said. "Last week it looked like we'd have our whole infield together. Juan puts a damper on it. We still don't have that middle of the order."
Third baseman Casey Blake, on the DL with a staph infection in his left elbow, begins a Minor League rehab with Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday and he could be activated by next weekend.
But utility infielder Aaron Miles still is dicey with a sore left rib-cage muscle. Mattingly started Juan Castro at second base and said he would try to get Miles another day of rest Sunday, but when the action shifts to Houston and back into the National League on Monday, Mattingly either will need an available Miles or a replacement. The only infielder left on the 40-man roster and not active or disabled is Albuquerque's Ivan De Jesus Jr.
Mattingly said Uribe's injury is believed to be mild and he's expected to return in the minimum 15 days. Mattingly said he wasn't sure if the injury was technically an abdominal or hip flexor muscle.
"I flunked anatomy," he said. "Actually, I didn't, but I wasn't paying attention, just enough to go play baseball."
X-rays negative on injuries to Ethier, Barajas
CHICAGO -- Outfielder Andre Ethier and catcher Rod Barajas are the latest Dodgers to leave a game injured.
Ethier suffered contusions to his left big toe, lower back and right elbow Sunday trying to flag down former teammate Juan Pierre's fourth-inning line drive in the Dodgers' 8-3 loss to the White Sox. Barajas suffered a sprained right wrist in the same inning, trying to make a diving tag at the plate as Pierre scored on Paul Konerko's sacrifice fly.
X-rays on Ethier's big toe and Barajas' wrist were negative. Ethier said he expected to play Monday night. Barajas said he'll wait to see how he feels, because it is his throwing wrist and it was bothering him after Sunday's game.
Ethier ran into the chain-link right-field fence trying to catch Pierre's drive. The ball bounced off Ethier's glove as he bounced off the fence, Pierre settling for a double. After taking his position, Ethier crouched down in apparent pain.
Ethier said his biggest problem was getting the wind knocked out of him. The next batter, Alexei Ramirez, hit a high pop fly that fell in shallow right field. Ethier said the ball was "uncatchable" because of where he was playing, but the staff saw him limping in and sent Tony Gwynn to take over in right field.
Ethier said he was surprised to come out.
"The first 20 or 30 seconds I was taking inventory to see what happened and get my feeling back," he said. "No one came out to check on me. I don't know what really went on. I saw someone come out, it was Tony, and I just walked in here. The wind was knocked out of me. That's why I was bent over."
Barajas was injured when spiked by Pierre, who slid into the plate feet first. Barajas took center fielder Matt Kemp's strong one-hop throw and dived toward the plate and into Pierre's spikes, his right wrist bent under and a gash on the webbing between his fourth and fifth fingers. Pierre was called safe by plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth.
Dioner Navarro hit for Barajas in the top of the fifth inning.
"I need to see how I feel, if it stays sore, it might be something else," said Barajas. "Then they might take another look. Right now, it's really sore. It was uncomfortable throwing and I didn't even try to pick up a bat."
Earlier in the day, the Dodgers placed Juan Uribe on the 15-day disabled list with a strained lower abdominal muscle that drove him from Friday night's game. That is the 15th disabling injury the Dodgers have suffered this year.
Garland says thumb blister not an issue
CHICAGO -- Just how much is a right thumb blister responsible for Jon Garland's worst start of the season Saturday?
"Not at all," Garland said.
He had the thumb wrapped when he left the clubhouse Saturday afternoon and it was still wrapped Sunday, although that didn't stop Garland from playing catch in the outfield with the other pitchers before batting practice.
He's told the medical staff that it doesn't affect his pitching, but it hasn't been able to heal between starts either.
Garland is scheduled to make his next start Friday night in the homestand opener against Florida, a day off Thursday giving Garland an extra day of rest.
The blister is on the side of the thumb that would push against the seams for a typical grip of a curveball, which Garland all but abandoned Saturday, when he allowed seven runs on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings in the Dodgers' 9-2 loss to the White Sox.
Garland was signed to be the fifth starter and he came with the resume of a workhorse, having not missed a start in 10 years until he suffered a strained oblique muscle this spring and missed an April start while on the disabled list. He has performance bonuses and a 2012 vesting option totaling an additional $11.5 million based on innings pitched this year.
Garland did imply that Saturday's results were affected by him and catcher Rod Barajas not being on the same page with pitch selection. Manager Don Mattingly said that was a surprise.
"There hasn't been a lot of that going on," he said. "Not being a pitcher or a catcher, I can only think of the area Rod wanted to go and Jon wasn't comfortable going there. The guy on the mound has got the ball and has the final say."
Promotion to LA not expected for De La Rosa
CHICAGO -- Dodgers top pitching prospect Rubby De La Rosa is not being promoted to the Major Leagues, despite speculation triggered by his curious removal after two innings in Saturday night's dominating Double-A start.
De La Rosa struck out five and was lifted with no apparent injury, igniting speculation that he was about to be promoted to the Dodgers.
But a club official said that wasn't the case. De La Rosa was just being given a break to rest his arm without having his routine disrupted by skipping a start or pitching in relief.
The 22-year-old right-hander is 2-2 with a 2.93 ERA in eight starts for Chattanooga. In 40 innings, he has allowed 30 hits and only one home run with 52 strikeouts and 19 walks. Opponents are batting .199.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.