06/10/12 9:45 PM ET
Mattingly takes Ethier's road slump in stride
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
"The thing that's encouraging is that he hasn't been fighting himself. His at-bats are competitive," Mattingly said. "The results may not be coming out the way he wants. But that we haven't had [outbursts] tells me it's just a matter of time before he gets hits again. He can hit two bullets today and be off again."
After going 1-for-5 in Sunday's 8-2 win, including a grand slam for his first homer since May 21, Ethier finished the 10-game road trip 5-for-38, his average falling from .324 to .292.
"Obviously I'm concerned to the point where I want him to start to hit," Mattingly said. "But he's also been through enough to know that guys get hot and cold. It's been a little bit of a rough trip and he went into a funk. It's not like he's done. Just concerned enough to make sure he gets what he needs, like the other day a breather [as DH] to get his body to come back."
For Sunday's game, Mattingly had Ethier bat third, with Jerry Hairston coming off a five-RBI game behind him as cleanup.
"I'm always trying to get them to pitch to him and not pitch around him too much without Matt," Mattingly said. "Even if Matt's here, trying to get him pitches to hit."
Dodgers likely to get Uribe back on Monday
SEATTLE -- Juan Uribe's arthritic left wrist appears healed and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he expects the third baseman to rejoin the club Monday or Tuesday at the latest.
Mattingly said he's ready to insert Uribe back into the starting lineup, unless the player feels he needs an extra day off. Uribe's return will dislodge Elian Herrera from the hot corner for most games and require optioning back to the Minor Leagues either Alex Castellanos or Ivan De Jesus Jr., most likely Castellanos.
Uribe went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a sacrifice fly in the third and final game of his rehab assignment Sunday for Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
"Juan's pretty much the everyday guy," Mattingly said. "He's the best defender there, and when he's healthy he was swinging the bat good. I still think I'll go back to him. That's the plan."
Mattingly, however, said he will continue to utilize the surprising Herrera, both to spell Uribe at third and more in the outfield.
"He needs to be in the outfield more, taking fly balls again [before games]," Mattingly said. "Same with Jerry [Hairston], get him back in the mix in left field. Elian can come off the bench late in a game. When we get back into National League games, he can pinch-hit. He fits into that mix pretty good."
Mattingly said he likes what he's seen from Castellanos but implied he just needs more seasoning, especially after missing a month with a strained hamstring.
"He needs to keep playing," Mattingly said. "He hasn't been in the outfield much this year, they're trying to make him a second baseman. He's played fearless up here, aggressive. He still has work to do and at times his swing gets long and they throw the ball by him."
Kemp asks Ethier to join him for HR Derby
SEATTLE -- Injured Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said he has invited teammate Andre Ethier to participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby.
Kemp, named captain of the National League team after leading the league in home runs last year, said he is still analyzing who will fill out the lineup.
Among candidates Kemp is considering: St. Louis' Carlos Beltran (who leads the NL with 17 home runs); Miami's Giancarlo Stanton; Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla; and Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. Others among league home run leaders: Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Corey Hart; Cincinnati's Jay Bruce; and Philadelphia's Hunter Pence.
Kemp intends to participate, even though he is expected to miss most of the month of June with a pulled hamstring and even though he was a bust in last year's Home Run Derby.
"Andre would be really good in that," manager Don Mattingly said of Ethier's swing. "Matt is not good in a home run contest. He doesn't pull. Try winning that contest going to right-center. All the guys who win pull everything."
In the first All-Star balloting updates released last week, Kemp led all NL vote-getters with 1,952,910. Ethier was fourth among outfielders, behind Kemp, Beltran and Braun.
Valentin among 11 Draft signings for Dodgers
SEATTLE -- The Dodgers announced the signings of 11 recent draftees, including supplemental pick shortstop Jesmuel Valentin, the 51st overall selection and the son of former Dodger Jose Valentin.
The recommended slot bonus for the 51st pick was $984,700. Valentin, from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School, was committed to Louisiana State if he hadn't signed.
Also signed and headed to Arizona for mini-camp: pitcher Thomas Stripling (fifth round); outfielder Theo Alexander (seventh round), who took batting practice with the big league club in Seattle on Saturday; outfielder Jeremy Rathjen (11th); shortstop Darnell Sweeney (13th); pitcher Matthew Reckling (14th); pitcher Jacob Hermsen (28th); catcher John Cannon (29th); pitcher Jordan Hershiser (34th); catcher Austin Cowen (35th); and outfielder Corey Embree (38th).
The 6-foot-8 Hershiser, out of USC, is the son of former Dodgers Cy Young winner Orel Hershiser.
Mota to hold charity golf tourney on Aug. 23
SEATTLE -- Dodgers coach Manny Mota's eighth annual Field of Dreams Charity Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, Aug. 23, at California Country Club in Whittier.
All proceeds will benefit the Manny Mota International Foundation programs in the United States and Dominican Republic.
The mission of the Manny Mota International Foundation is to provide educational, health and recreational opportunities for the underprivileged, especially disadvantaged youth. The Manny Mota Baseball Clinics program is used as the bridge to teach youth to build healthy bodies and minds through positive role models and to teach self-discipline through sports, as well as provide communities with the tools necessary for improvement and self-reliance.
For more information, contact Olivia Rios at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cecilia Mota at email@example.com or visit mannymotagolf.com.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.