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04/01/11 9:38 PM ET

Dodgers in no hurry to activate Blake

LOS ANGELES -- The scratch of Juan Uribe from Friday night's lineup with a bruised arm hasn't changed manager Don Mattingly's opinion that Casey Blake won't return from the disabled list until he's ready to go 100 percent.

Blake -- whose lower back inflammation prompted Mattingly to move Uribe to third base -- remains in Arizona playing in Minor League games. On Friday, he had three hits and played three innings in the field. He is eligible to be activated April 6, but Mattingly indicated the club will err on the side of caution and probably not bring him back that soon.

"He's starting to get his timing," said Mattingly. "I talked to him yesterday. I want him to be honest. Right now he could go out there. I need him to be totally ready to go. He's close. I think he's getting there."

Not far behind Blake is pitcher Vicente Padilla, who is healing quickly from Feb. 24 surgery to free an entrapped radial nerve in his forearm.

Uribe out of Dodgers' lineup with arm injury

LOS ANGELES -- Juan Uribe gave a thumbs-up Friday upon his return to the clubhouse after an X-ray was taken of his left arm.

Uribe was a scratch from Friday night's lineup because the arm swelled after being hit by a 92-mph Tim Lincecum fastball in the sixth inning of Thursday's Opening Day win over his former club, the Giants.

Uribe had stayed in the game and left the clubhouse Thursday night believing it was only a bad bruise of the triceps area just above the elbow.

But increased swelling Friday prompted the X-ray. Aaron Miles was in the lineup at third base in place of Uribe, who had been moved to third base while Casey Blake is on the disabled list with back soreness.

Uribe signed a three-year, $21 million deal as a free agent to leave the Giants and join the Dodgers.

Kuo could be off-limits in season's second game

LOS ANGELES -- With Hong-Chih Kuo having thrown 22 pitches Thursday, Friday night's game had the potential to give an early glimpse at how manager Don Mattingly will handle the Dodgers' deep bullpen.

Mattingly has indicated a reluctance to use Kuo on back-to-back days because of an elbow that has undergone four operations.

Mattingly might as well not ask Kuo for supporting testimony on that decision.

"I'm ready," Kuo said. "I'm ready to pitch every day. I'll take the ball."

Mattingly went to Kuo for the eighth inning after seven scoreless innings from Clayton Kershaw. Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth.

Previous manager Joe Torre often used Broxton for parts of the eighth inning as well as the ninth when Kuo was unavailable, but Mattingly has said he wants to limit Broxton to only one inning.

Candidates to pitch the eighth inning for the Dodgers instead of Kuo include Kenley Jansen and Matt Guerrier.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.