05/15/11 8:15 PM ET
Furcal picks up two hits in first rehab game
By David Ely / MLB.com
All three at-bats were left-handed, but Don Mattingly said Furcal, who broke his left thumb on April 11, took some right-handed swings during batting practice and hopes the shortstop will be able to hit from the right side Monday, when Tucson is scheduled to start a left-hander.
"He's progressing, and obviously had some success last night, so that's a good sign," Mattingly said.
Mattingly also said third baseman Casey Blake could potentially begin a rehab assignment by the end of the week. Blake took batting practice and ground balls Saturday, and Mattingly hopes Blake is ready to play in games when the team heads to Chicago to face the White Sox on May 20.
The Dodgers have had 11 players see time on the disabled list this season, and Mattingly admitted all the roster attrition has thinned out his bench. Utility guys like Jamey Carroll and Aaron Miles have appeared in 39 and 36 games, respectively, while Blake and Furcal have played in a combined 21 games.
"These things are going to happen," Mattingly said. "I think we get a chance to kind of battle through this and become better. And hopefully get our guys back to full strength and get on a little run."
Outfielder Marcus Thames, on the DL with a right quad strain, is still a little ways away, Mattingly said.
Dodgers put Hawksworth on DL, recall Guerra
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers placed reliever Blake Hawksworth on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 11 with a strained right groin before Sunday's game and recalled right-hander Javy Guerra from Double-A Chattanooga.
Hawksworth went down during the Dodgers' 10-3 win Tuesday in Pittsburgh, and it was originally hoped that the injury wouldn't require a stint on the DL. But once it became apparent that Hawksworth's recovery would last more than a couple of days, the Dodgers could no longer afford to be one man short in the bullpen.
Hawksworth is the third Dodgers reliever to hit the DL this month, joining Jonathan Broxton (bruised elbow) and Hong-Chih Kuo (anxiety disorder).
Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday that he expects Hawksworth, who has a 3.12 ERA in 17 1/3 innings, to be available after the team returns from its six-game road trip, which begins May 20 against the Chicago White Sox.
Guerra, who was 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 14 games in Chattanooga, made his Major League debut in the Dodgers' 4-1 loss to the D-backs on Sunday. He allowed a broken-bat single to Chris Young, whom Guerra caught trying to steal second, and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning.
"Luckily they bring us out here for the Winter Development Program, so it wasn't really too frightening," Guerra said of standing on the mound at Dodger Stadium.
Stuck in rut, Uribe given day off by Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- Mired in a prolonged slump since his left hand was hit by a 91 mph fastball and then spiked at third base in a span of two innings May 4, Juan Uribe was given the day off Sunday as Juan Castro got the start at third base.
Uribe is 2-for-31 with nine strikeouts since suffering what was later determined to be a left hand contusion, lowering his batting average to .200 on the season.
The hitting drought erased all the momentum Uribe gathered during the second half of April when he hit .406 (13-for-32) with three home runs and 11 RBIs in the final 10 games of the month.
"Juan just kind of needed a day," manager Don Mattingly said. "He's been scuffling. And I just feel like he hasn't been going good, so I wanted to get him out of there give him a breather."
Uribe said before Sunday's game that his hand feels a little tight, but it isn't inhibiting anything he wants to do in the batter's box. Mattingly also felt the hand wasn't the cause of his struggles.
"He hasn't complained of his hand," Mattingly said. "He's swung the bat fine in BP. I really don't think the hand is an issue."
Sunday's game marked Castro's first appearance with the Dodgers since getting recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.
David Ely is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.