MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake was removed from Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Milwaukee due to pain in his right shoulder.Blake was lifted midway through the sixth inning, with Aaron Miles moving from second to third and Jamey Carroll playing second base. Manager Don Mattingly said Blake "felt something" in his shoulder when he misplayed a hard grounder from Casey McGehee in the fourth inning and then quickly tried to throw to first for the out. Blake was charged with a fielding error on the play. Mattingly said the team would wait and see how Blake's shoulder was feeling on Thursday. Blake, who is batting .254 with four home runs and 23 RBIs, has missed 54 games due to three separate injuries, but had been hot lately. He is batting .295 with four RBIs in 13 August games.
Mattingly being selective with Kuo's outings
MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo was brought into Tuesday night's game with the task of getting Prince Fielder out to open the ninth inning of a tied game.He walked the big first baseman on six pitches, and was removed for right-hander Mike MacDougal to face the Brewers' right-handed batters. Fielder ended up scoring the winning run in the 2-1 game. Kuo has suffered from anxiety issues that led to a loss of control earlier this season, and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday he was trying to put Kuo in situations where he can succeed. "Honestly, I'm trying to be selective," Mattingly said. Kuo was 3-2 with a 1.20 ERA in 60 games last season. This year, he's given up 20 earned runs on 16 hits and 18 walks in just 15 innings. "It's not going great, obviously," Mattingly said. Kuo took only nine pitches to record three outs against Houston on Sunday, but has given up at least one run in six of his last seven appearances. "If he gets Prince with a popout or a strikeout, or whatever there, then it's two in a row," Mattingly said. "And we think maybe we're getting back. That's what we're try to do, incrementally get him a little success and confidence." Mattingly acknowledged that Kuo's confidence was not high now, but said, "I still believe in what's there. I know it's there."
Jansen ready to begin rehab
MILWAUKEE -- Right-handed Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen, on the disabled list since July 27 due to cardiac arrhythmia, is slated to pitch for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday in a rehab game.The Quakes play at Inland Empire in a California League game. Manager Don Mattingly said if all goes well on Sunday, Jansen will pitch again for the Quakes on Tuesday and rejoin the Dodgers on Aug. 26 when they open a home series against the Colorado Rockies. Jansen is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA in 34 games. Meanwhile, injured shortstop Dee Gordon continued to run, throw and took some infield practice Wednesday. Mattingly said he still is on track to return on Aug. 25.
Uribe continues recovery
MILWAUKEE -- Dodgers shortstop Juan Uribe received a cortisone injection on Wednesday to reduce inflammation in his lower left hip and numb the area.Uribe was placed on the disabled list July 24 with a left hip strain, and Dodgers head trainer Stan Conte said it has "resolved," but the shortstop still was in pain while running. "It could be the lower abdominal area," Conte said. "It's all part of the same thing, we'll know how well the shot worked in a few days," Conte said. Uribe is batting .204 in 77 games. "If this shot will work, then we're hoping it will be something that will be semi-quick to get him back," manager Don Mattingly said. "I would like to get him back out there."
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