07/22/12 1:30 PM ET
Uribe gets another start at third after big game
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
But manager Don Mattingly said a home run, double and four RBIs on Saturday doesn't mean Uribe has won back the everyday third-base job.
"We'll still match him up," Mattingly said of Uribe, who had a .281 lifetime average against Saturday starter Miguel Batista, although he was 0-for-8 against Sunday starter Jon Niese entering the game.
"He had success with [Batista]," said Mattingly. "That's what we'll continue to try to do against guys he's had success with. He's also our best defensive third baseman. You're always weighing factors."
Of course, the biggest factor in Uribe's future playing time will be whether the Dodgers can land a third baseman before the non-waiver Trade Deadline like San Diego's Chase Headley. In the meantime, Mattingly hopes the big game gives Uribe some traction.
"You hope," he said. "You never know what gets a guy going. But any time you have a big contribution in a win, you feel like part of the club. When you don't contribute, you feel disoriented."
Billingsley won't be on a pitch count Monday
NEW YORK -- Manager Don Mattingly said Chad Billingsley will be activated to start Monday night in St. Louis and won't be on a pitch count.
"He was good when he came in today after a bullpen and he's on schedule," said Mattingly. "He only missed one turn. He had inflammation in the elbow and we'll pay some attention to him, but there's no 60-pitch limit or anything like that. We'll just be a little cautious."
The Dodgers are likely to make room for Billingsley by optioning reliever Josh Wall back to Triple-A Albuquerque. He hasn't pitched since being called up to replace Billingsley.
In other injury news, catcher A.J. Ellis returned to the starting lineup Sunday after missing Saturday's game with left knee inflammation.
Dodgers reluctant to use Jansen on Sunday
NEW YORK -- Ninety minutes before Sunday's game with the Mets, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly wasn't sure who would be his closer if he needed one.
Kenley Jansen successfully closed games Friday and Saturday, but with his pitch counts, the Dodgers were reluctant to use him again.
Ronald Belisario set up each of those saves, but he allowed two runs Saturday and has been scored upon in four of his last seven appearances after allowing runs in only three of his first 28 games.
That would put Javy Guerra as a likely closer alternative. His last save was May 1. He blew a save May 6 and lost his closer's job to Jansen with a 5.84 ERA that has since dropped to 3.54.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.