5/11/2014 10:00 P.M. ET
Dodgers fete Honorary Bat Girl on Mother's Day
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Isela Diaz, the Dodgers' winner of the annual Honorary Bat Girl contest, was recognized on the field as part of the Mother's Day ceremony before Sunday's Giants-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium.
Diaz, who was nominated by her daughter, Mailee, was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer on Oct. 8, 2013. Since then she has undergone a mastectomy, a second surgery to remove cancerous lymph nodes and chemotherapy. Last week she completed radiation treatments that had been delayed due to another surgery for precancerous signs in her colon.
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative celebrated on Mother's Day. In five years, thousands of testimonials have been submitted, and more than 4 million fan votes have been cast.
Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is an MLB initiative supported by its charitable partners Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. The initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause while raising funds to support breast cancer research.
Winners were selected by fan votes on HonoraryBatGirl.com, along with feedback from a judging panel that included Evan Longoria of the Rays, Freddie Freeman of the Braves, Pablo Sandoval of the Giants, country music superstar and Braves fan Jason Aldean, and MLB Network host and reporter Sam Ryan.
Dodgers reluctant to place Uribe on disabled list
LOS ANGELES -- Ninety minutes before Sunday's game, manager Don Mattingly was unsure whether Juan Uribe would be available to play or whether he would headed for the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
After the game was over, Mattingly still was unsure, although the fact that infielder Alex Guerrero did not play for Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday raised suspicions that a stint could be a possibility.
Uribe went through running, throwing and agility drills for trainer Stan Conte but was not in the lineup for a third consecutive game. The Dodgers have been in no hurry to place Uribe on the DL, mainly because they don't have a Major League-ready replacement in the farm system.
Mattingly said that the club is feeling more confident that Uribe could avoid the DL, but he sounded apprehensive about playing more games with a short-handed bench and a platoon of Justin Turner and Chone Figgins at third base.
In other injury news, Mattingly said that pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu could throw off a mound on Tuesday after pitching to a catcher on flat ground on Sunday. Ryu last pitched two weeks ago and would be eligible to be activated on Tuesday, as Mattingly has said he might be able to return without making a Minor League rehab start.
Catcher A.J. Ellis began a two-game Minor League rehab assignment for Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday by going 1-for-2 with a walk, a double-play grounder and a caught stealing (really). He could return this week, which will force the Dodgers to decide whether to keep Drew Butera or Miguel Olivo as the back-up with the chance of losing the other to another club.
Mattingly confident in Kemp's abilities
LOS ANGELES -- Manager Don Mattingly doesn't agree with the analytics that rank Matt Kemp at or near the bottom defensively among Major League center fielders.
Even so, he feels Kemp needs to "keep working on jumps and breaks."
"I've seen the ratings," said Mattingly. "I don't always agree with the ratings. We are sure he's physically OK. He was a Gold Glove winner, and we know he's capable of it. He has to work to get back to that, to work on jumps and reads that you need to have to be a quality center fielder. It's still there."
Kemp has appeared rusty both offensively and defensively after playing hurt much of the past two seasons, during which he underwent two operations on his left shoulder and one on his left ankle.
Dodgers bedecked in pink for Mother's Day
LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw and Justin Turner recorded base hits using pink bats in Sunday's Mother's Day game against the Giants, catcher Drew Butera wore protective gear trimmed in pink and four Dodgers wore pink spikes in a salute to breast cancer awareness.
Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Kenley Jansen and Butera sported pink-trimmed shoes, and many Dodgers wore pink sleeves and sweatbands, including manager Don Mattingly.
Several others used the pink bats in their first plate appearance but went back to their regular gear.
Dodger Stadium to feature metal detectors
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will phase in the use of walk-through metal detectors at Dodger Stadium this season, beginning with Monday night's game against the Marlins. Major League Baseball will require all ballparks to use the security technology beginning in 2015, the result of the league's work with the Department of Homeland Security.
The Dodgers will use the detectors at limited gates for a select number of games this season. Fans will pass through the detectors before their tickets are scanned and will be required to remove cell phones and other large metal objects prior to entering, but they will not be required to remove shoes or belts. Fans will have the option of being checked with a hand-held device.
The Dodgers will continue allowing bags, backpacks and purses that conform to MLB's size limitations at the stadium. All bags, including women's purses, will continue to be subject to inspection.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.