LOS ANGELES -- Juan Uribe will not make the Dodgers' upcoming 10-game road trip, which starts on Monday against the Brewers, as the injured infielder will stay behind and likely undergo tests on his injured left hip.
Uribe, who has been on the disabled list since July 24, was expected to be ready to return as soon as his 15 days were up. But the injury hasn't progressed as planned, manager Don Mattingly said on Saturday.
"I don't know if there's a setback," Mattingly said. "It's just that he's not really healing. So it kind of put up some red flags that we've got to look a little deeper into it."
Both Mattingly and Uribe have insisted injuries -- both the current hip problem and a prior injury to his hip flexor that also landed him on the DL -- have had nothing to do with Uribe's struggles this season.
The 11-year veteran is hitting just .204 with four homers after signing a three-year deal in the offseason.
"He wasn't complaining about it," Mattingly said when asked if the current injury might have originated before Uribe exited the lineup in the midst of a July 23 game. "He wouldn't have played if he couldn't run. ... He was doing things then [that he can't do now]."
Mattingly agrees with Mills' late-game moves
LOS ANGELES -- The way Dodgers relievers were mowing down Astros hitters, there wasn't much strategic maneuvering coming from the home dugout in Friday night's 1-0 Los Angeles win over Houston in 10 innings.
Across the diamond, however, Astros manager Brad Mills made three late-game decisions that were to be subject to plenty of debate -- two of which worked and one which came back to bite his team.
Ultimate results aside, however, in terms of decision-making, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Mills was 3-for-3.
First, Mills intentionally walked a pair of Dodgers to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth after Juan Rivera had opened the inning with a triple.
"It gives you the best chance," Mattingly said. "It's pretty much automatic. You can bring the infield in, and for everybody else, there's a force play."
Then, after Astros reliever Fernando Rodriguez recorded two outs, Mills' outfield played Aaron Miles unusually shallow, hoping to prevent a bloop single, while giving up a deep fly ball.
"That's where their charts say to play him," said Mattingly, who added factors like the pitcher, the count and the outfield speed all come into play. "I wouldn't second guess that at all. They have charts that show where these guys hit it, and then you play percentages. If he happens to crush one over your head, then you were just trying to take the 70 percent away and giving them 30."
Both of those moves worked out for Mills, as the Astros and Dodgers went into extras following Miles' groundout.
But in the 10th inning, Mills' decision to intentionally walk Andre Ethier after the count went to 3-1 to face Matt Kemp eventually decided the game when Kemp's flare down the right-field line landed fair, plating Casey Blake.
"They don't want to pitch to Matt, but they're forced to," Mattingly said. "They can't walk the bases loaded there. You don't put that run over on third. They were trying to get [Ethier] out early, and once you get to [3-1], the guy would have to throw strikes, so you get to the point where you say, 'Let's go for the force.'"
Dodgers open Dreamfield in Valley Plaza Park
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers Dream Foundation opened a new Dodgers Dreamfield on Saturday morning at Valley Plaza Park, the sixth of 10 Dreamfields set to be unveiled in 2011.
On hand for the dedication ceremony were Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon and former Dodgers Bobby Castillo, Steve Yeager, Lee Lacy and Bill Russell.
The Dodgers Dream foundation partnered with the LA84 Foundation and the L.A. City Department of Recreation and Parks to help create the fields. The goal of the projects, a release said, is to fulfill the idea that, "Every youngster who wishes to play baseball deserves a quality facility."
The field is the 15th of 50 that the Dream Foundation plans to build in the coming years.
AJ Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.