6/21/2014 2:31 A.M. ET
Turner back in lineup as Uribe nears return
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- With Justin Turner returning to the lineup Friday for the first time in a week, regular third baseman Juan Uribe was scheduled for a second game of a Minor League rehab that could lead to him rejoining the club in the next couple of days, manager Don Mattingly said Friday.
Uribe went 2-for-4 as a designated hitter Thursday night for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and was scheduled to play six innings in the field Friday. Turner, who took over when Uribe was injured, then went down with a strained calf.
Mattingly said Scott Elbert, who made his first game appearance after three elbow operations in a year and a half Wednesday night in Ogden, Utah, is set to continue his rehab Saturday by making another 20 pitches for Rancho Cucamonga. Mattingly said Elbert likely needs the entire rehab stint before he returns to the Major Leagues.
There was no progress reported from injured outfielder Carl Crawford, whose recovery from a sprained ankle has stalled.
"We're not sure what happened," said Mattingly. "He had a setback and is not running yet."
Puig exits early with mild hip strain
SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig re-injured a strained left hip flexor and was removed in the eighth inning of Friday night's game with the Padres.
Manager Don Mattingly said Puig was considered day to day, although Puig sounded discouraged. "It's the same [right] hip and I continue to get treatment, try to play through it to support my team, but it's still hurting," he said.
Puig flied out leading off the top of the eighth inning and limped back to the dugout. He was replaced in a double-switch by Scott Van Slyke.
Puig has been troubled by a hip flexor he originally suffered sliding into second base June 7, although the only start he missed was on June 8.
Kershaw gets message from Koufax after no-no
SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Kershaw said he received congratulatory voicemails from baseball Hall of Famer (and personal friend) Sandy Koufax and basketball Hall of Famer (and Dodgers partner) Magic Johnson after throwing his first no-hitter Wednesday night.
"It's awesome to hear from a lot of people," he said. "They just said they were proud and it was fun to watch."
Kershaw said he celebrated after the game with teammates and friends. He spent part of Thursday's day off house hunting before driving to San Diego for what he called "a normal off-day, which was kind of nice."
He said by coincidence he had been booked as a guest for Thursday night's Jimmy Kimmel Show, but was scratched before he pitched the masterpiece.
"They had so much going on with the Kings and Spurs, but I'll do that eventually," he said. "I like Jimmy. He's funny."
Kershaw said his cleats will be sent to the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown. As has been done for no-hit teammate Josh Beckett, Kershaw's game-worn uniform will be put on display at Dodger Stadium, after which he will take the gear home and display it in a room that also holds his two Cy Young Awards.
Kershaw said he was still trying to soak in the significance of his achievement and didn't sound comfortable with suggestions that his 15-strikeout, zero-walk no-hitter might have been the greatest game ever pitched.
"A game in June obviously matters, but you think about Don Larsen throwing a perfect game in the World Series," he said. "The ramifications of that game are more important than a June game."
But he admitted it was "pretty cool stuff" to turn on the TV the next day and see the highlights.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.