6/24/2014 1:25 A.M. ET
Rojas starts at third as LA awaits Uribe's return
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- With Juan Uribe scheduled for at least two more Minor League rehab games, the Dodgers needed to give backup Justin Turner a break at third base and started Miguel Rojas Monday night against the Royals.
Turner started three consecutive games at third base in San Diego after missing six starts with a strained calf muscle.
"Just protecting him," manager Don Mattingly said.
Uribe is not likely to be activated until the homestand opener Thursday night after missing six weeks with a hamstring strain. He played seven innings as the designated hitter for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga on Monday and went 2-for-5 with a two-run double and a run scored. He's scheduled to play for Rancho Cucamonga again on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Carl Crawford ran on an anti-gravity running machine on Monday with only 50 percent of his body weight, which indicates he's virtually restarting his rehab from a sprained ankle. He has been on the disabled list since May 28.
Reliever Scott Elbert is slated to make his third rehab appearance Tuesday night for Rancho Cucamonga.
Mattingly: Dee at 'different level' on basepaths
KANSAS CITY -- Watching Padres reliever Alex Torres so preoccupied with Dee Gordon that he gave away a run Saturday night, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Gordon has become the kind of disrupter he hasn't seen since the days of Rickey Henderson and Vince Coleman.
"I definitely feel it," Mattingly said of Gordon's impact on a game. "The same thing happens to us with a basestealer out there. [Cincinnati's Billy] Hamilton last year. [San Diego's Everth] Cabrera when he's running. It changes what you try to do. Dee, the same thing. He's going to steal if you don't throw over a lot to disrupt his timing."
Torres walked Gordon leading off an inning, struck out Hanley Ramirez, but walked Yasiel Puig and gave up an RBI single to Adrian Gonzalez, all the while making repeated pickoffs and stepoffs as he focused on holding Gordon.
Mattingly said Gordon also can be a disruption to his own offense, particularly the No. 2 hitter, which lately has been Ramirez.
"He has the challenge," Mattingly said. "But if Hanley gets a fastball, he's hacking. He's not taking it [to let Gordon steal]. He's been good taking pitches that aren't strikes. I think Dee has helped Hanley out, and Hanley has helped Dee out."
Mattingly said a younger Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury and Chone Figgins among recent players had similarities to Gordon in their impact on the game, "but Dee's at a different level. With all of the strikeouts and premium on runs, there's a place for speed to come back in the game."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.