08/30/11 1:06 AM ET
Dodgers will call Thursday starter from Minors
By Ken Gurnick and A.J. Cassavell / MLB.com
Dana Eveland appears to be the most likely candidate. The only Minor League starter currently on the 40-man roster is John Ely, but he started for Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday and would be pitching on short rest. Eveland's most recent start was Wednesday.
Eveland, a non-roster invite to Spring Training, has been Albuquerque's most effective starter, going 12-8 with a 4.38 ERA and hurling two complete games. But the 27-year-old left-hander also has been rocked in three of his past four starts.
Another option is 21-year-old Allen Webster, who is 5-3 with a 5.29 ERA at Double-A Chattanooga after going 5-2 with a 2.33 ERA at Class A Rancho Cucamonga. He has been hit hard in three of his past four starts, most recently on Thursday. Webster would be the Dodgers' fifth player from the 2008 First-Year Player Draft to reach the Majors, joining Jerry Sands, Josh Lindblom, Dee Gordon and Nathan Eovaldi.
Eovaldi's start Saturday in Atlanta will be his last of the season, and Mattingly said he will then move to the bullpen to rest his 21-year-old arm.
Ethier in Dodgers' lineup day after comments
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier was back in the starting lineup Monday, a day after his comments in a Los Angeles Times story sparked controversy about whether the Dodgers were forcing him to play on an injured right knee.
Ethier, who was slotted fifth in the lineup and went 3-for-4 with an RBI single, declined to talk to the media in the clubhouse before Monday's game against San Diego. On Sunday, Ethier backed his statements in the story, saying it's his own decision to continue playing on a knee that will require surgery in the offseason.
Ethier was not in Sunday's lineup as the team doctors evaluated the knee, but he was available to pinch-hit and ended the game in the on-deck circle.
Should Ethier require or desire surgery before the end of the season, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that's the route the team will certainly take with its All-Star right fielder.
"I'm fine with [surgery] if that's what everyone wants to do," Mattingly said. "It's his choice. He wants to play, and it's always been his choice."
Mattingly, who prides himself on establishing open lines of communication in the clubhouse, said he was taken aback by the story because he's consistently asked Ethier if he was healthy enough to play, and he consistently heard positive responses.
"All I can go by is that I check with guys all the time," Mattingly said. "I have to make sure if you're OK. I'm expected to ask you that, and if [trainer] Stan [Conte] tells me you're OK, then I expect you're telling the truth."
Mattingly acknowledged the mentality of many Major Leaguers who refuse to make their injuries known because of a desire to play. But he said the biggest thing he wants from his players is honesty.
He said that's exactly what he got in a closed-doors meeting with Ethier and general manager Ned Colletti before Sunday's game.
Mattingly wouldn't discuss Ethier's specific quotes in the story, noting that sometimes words can be misconstrued in print. Because of that, he said he'll only go by Ethier's words to him directly, which are that he's capable of playing -- although Mattingly noted that the bum knee might beget more days off during the season's final month.
Ethier will have his surgery quickly after the season ends, Mattingly said, unless "something takes a turn for the worse" before then.
Mattingly was asked if the story frustrated other players in the Dodgers' clubhouse. He skirted the question, saying, "To me, that's all in-house stuff."
Uribe increasingly likely to miss rest of season
LOS ANGELES -- It may be unlikely that Juan Uribe will miss the rest of the Dodgers' season, but it's becoming more of a possibility with each passing day without the infielder's strained left hip making progress.
Manager Don Mattingly said he still plans on seeing Uribe back by season's end, but he noted the slow recovery has been discouraging and has made surgery an option.
"If the injections aren't going to do the trick, then we'll see," Mattingly said.
Uribe has been on the disabled list twice this year with hip problems. He has struggled in his first season with the Dodgers after signing a three-year deal in the offseason, hitting just .204 with four home runs.
Closer Jonathan Broxton has had similar disappointments with injuries this season. Out since May 3 with a bruised right elbow, Broxton's recovery was halted once over the summer and has since been moving at a slow pace. He is currently throwing off flat ground.
"I don't know if it's too late," Mattingly said of a possible return this year for Broxton, who is a free agent in the offseason. "But I know if we get the chance to see him, it's going to be late." Injured shortstop Dee Gordon (right shoulder) will return to the team Wednesday, Mattingly said, but he won't be activated until before the team's Thursday game in Pittsburgh. Rosters exppand to 40 players on Thursday, so the Dodgers will not have to make a corresponding roster move.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. A.J. Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.