6/21/2014 11:03 P.M. ET
Puig back in lineup despite sore hip
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was back in the starting lineup Saturday night after leaving Friday night's game with an aggravation of a strained left hip flexor.
Puig took batting practice with the regulars after shagging fly balls and not appearing to have any limitations. He was monitored through the workout by VP of medical services Stan Conte and the training staff.
"It seems like he's OK," said manager Don Mattingly. "We feel he can go. Stan feels it's safe. He's always got a little something. He goes hard, plays hard. He's going to have bumps, bruises, soreness."
The hip flexor surfaced on a slide June 7. He left that game an inning later, missed the start the next game and hasn't missed one since, but frequently pulls up limping because of it. Friday night Puig said the hip has continued to bother him, but he feels compelled to play through it because the team needs him.
Mattingly indicated it's hard to expect someone who plays all-out like Puig not to get injured.
"We don't want him running into walls to get hurt, but I think guys who play hard are safer than guys who are cautious," he said. "Cautious guys end up getting hurt. As far as the way he plays, I'm not concerned. I would like him to be able to slide better. The original part of the injury was on a slide."
Mattingly said players usually work on sliding during Spring Training, but conceded there was no reason it couldn't be done during the season. He said Puig's Cuban countryman, Alex Guerrero, showed even worse sliding mechanics in Spring Training.
Uribe, Elbert both play rehab game in Rancho
SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers Juan Uribe and Scott Elbert continued their injury rehab assignments for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday night.
Uribe, playing the field for the second consecutive night, went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. He is expected to meet the big league club in San Diego Sunday to be evaluated and could be activated for Monday night's series opener in Kansas City, manager Don Mattingly said on Saturday. Uribe has been nursing a right hamstring injury for six weeks.
Elbert started the game for Rancho Cucamonga and pitched a perfect first inning with two strikeouts. It is his second appearance after a 1 1/2-year absence, when he underwent three operations on his left elbow.
Jansen works on mechanics after blown save
SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers are convinced there is nothing physically wrong with closer Kenley Jansen, who followed up his blown save Friday night by throwing in the bullpen Saturday to work on mechanics.
Manager Don Mattingly, who said he wouldn't hesitate using Jansen again as his closer, said the initial suspicion is that Jansen has a flaw in his mechanics that has made his pitches easier for opposing batters to pick up.
"He's healthy, but he's never been a guy with pinpoint control," said Mattingly. "His stuff, he's going to get away with it if his delivery is right and he stays clean. That allows him to stay on his path longer and the ball shows up later. It's his deception."
Jansen came into the season with a career ERA of 2.10, but this year's ERA is 4.55. In 33 appearances this year, he has 20 saves, three blown saves and three losses. In 75 appearances last year, he had 28 saves, four blown saves and three losses with a 1.88 ERA.
Jansen appeared annoyed with a couple of ball/strike calls by plate umpire Paul Schreiber, as did starting pitcher Dan Haren earlier in the game, but Mattingly wouldn't use that as an excuse.
"The whole night we felt the guy was tough both ways," he said. "That strike zone was tight. Danny felt a number of pitches were right there. But it was both ways and all you can ask for is consistency."
Ken Gurnick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.