5/9/2014 1:21 A.M. ET
Mattingly gives Kemp everyday nod in center
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, having said last week that Yasiel Puig had taken hold of the right-field job, said on Thursday that Matt Kemp had done the same in center.
That, Mattingly said, leaves Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier fighting for playing time in left field, with Scott Van Slyke a consideration there against left-handed starting pitching.
"It a situation. That's what it is," he said. "Somebody's not in there, they're not happy. But it's not a daily conversation.
"Yasiel has established himself. 'Dre and Carl are fighting for playing time. Yasiel, he's turned into an RBI guy. He's more patient and getting better pitches to hit. In the long run, he's a 3-4-5 guy. He's showing he's that [Mike] Trout guy. He's shown he's moving in that direction."
Crawford (2-for-9 lifetime against Ryan Vogelsong) got the nod in left field Thursday night over Ethier (5-for-19). Crawford is hitting .255 this year after going 11-for-30 on the trip. Ethier is at .248 and was 10-for-30 on the trip.
Kemp has raised his average to .250 after going 10-for-32 on the trip.
Uribe exits with sore right hamstring
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe left Thursday night's game against the Giants with mild right hamstring soreness.
"Not sure," manager Don Mattingly said when asked the severity of Uribe's injury. "Obviously, enough to get him out of there. We'll know a lot more tomorrow."
Uribe was replaced in a double-switch for the top of the ninth inning. He had gone 0-for-3 at the plate, including grounding into a double play to end the seventh inning. He was replaced at third base by Chone Figgins with the score 1-1 at Dodger Stadium.
Uribe has played in 35 of the Dodgers' 36 games this year and is batting .306 with four homers and 17 RBIs.
Mattingly meets with Dodgers to regroup
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly held a lengthy team meeting before Thursday night's homestand opener. One player came out of the meeting grumbling after being called out for not being ready to play.
Mattingly avoided specifics when asked about the meeting, saying the focus was on "where we're going and how to get there."
At 19-16, the Dodgers opened the four-game series trailing the first-place Giants by 2 1/2 games after a grueling 5-4 trip. The Dodgers, however, are last in the league with a .976 fielding percentage and a National League-high 33 errors.
"We have to get on track," Mattingly said. "Obviously with the Giants across the field, this is a big series. We need to play better at home. In general, we haven't picked up the ball well enough to help the guys on the hill.
"It's a series for us to establish ourselves. They've won two of three [games] both series we've played. They beat us up here. The series in San Francisco could have gone either way. But we need to establish that we can play with them. It's a little bit of a measurement."
The Dodgers are 13-7 on the road, but only 6-9 at home. Although they are fourth in the league in on-base percentage, they are 13th in runners left on base.
"Donnie felt like he needed to talk about where we ultimately want to get to and some things we can do better to better our chances," said Josh Beckett, Thursday night's starting pitcher. "It was a good meeting and we'll move forward. Every team I've been on has had these come-to-Jesus meetings."
Ryu unlikely to return when eligible on Tuesday
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has not resumed throwing after being placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 28 with left shoulder blade inflammation.
Ryu is eligible to be activated on Tuesday, although that seems unlikely. The club has not announced it's probable starters for next week's series with the Marlins, but did decide to keep Zack Greinke on a five-day cycle even though his Monday start in Washington was cut short after three innings by rain.
With Josh Beckett, Paul Maholm, Greinke and Clayton Kershaw starting against the Giants through Sunday, the rotation would have Dan Haren, Beckett and Maholm face Miami.
Manager Don Mattingly said he received no injury report on Haren, who said after his Wednesday start in Washington that he pitched with back stiffness.
Mattingly said catcher A.J. Ellis, who is rehabbing at the club's Arizona complex, was scheduled to take seven at-bats in an extended spring training game. Ellis could return from knee surgery next week.
Chad Billingsley appeared to be throwing on flat ground with more velocity after his setback from Tommy John surgery.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.