6/25/2014 9:46 P.M. ET
Dodgers call up Robinson, designate Romak
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- The Dodgers purchased the contract of first baseman Clint Robinson on Wednesday and designated for assignment utility man Jamie Romak.
The 29-year-old Robinson was hitting .309 with 14 home runs at Triple-A Albuquerque and .469 in his past nine games. He has 137 home runs over eight Minor League seasons.
"We liked the way he hit in Spring Training," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Romak was hitting .048 in 15 games after being called up May 27 when Carl Crawford went on the disabled list.
Robinson's only Major League service was four at-bats over four games with the Royals in 2012, so he considered his callup for a game in Kansas City "a weird coincidence."
As a left-handed-hitting first baseman, the same as starter Adrian Gonzalez, Robinson will primarily provide a bat off the bench.
"If that's what they want me to do, that's what I'll do," said Robinson, the seventh non-roster player from Spring Training to make it to the big leagues with the Dodgers this year.
Puig could follow in Strawberry's All-Star steps
KANSAS CITY -- If Yasiel Puig can hold off Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen, he will become the only Dodger besides Darryl Strawberry (1991) to lead the voting for the starting outfield of the National League All-Star team.
Puig has been in front for three weeks, but his most recent lead was trimmed to fewer than 5,000 votes. Matt Kemp (2011, '12) and Andre Ethier ('10) are the only other Dodgers outfielders to have started an All-Star Game since Strawberry.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15, on FOX.
Hanley out again, but Dodgers on mend
KANSAS CITY -- Hanley Ramirez missed a second start Wednesday night because of an arthritic right shoulder and was scheduled to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Thursday, but manager Don Mattingly did not rule out Ramirez's availability off the bench in the series finale against the Royals.
"Hanley's better," Mattingly said before the game. "We'll get him warmed up and see if we can use him."
Juan Uribe is much better, apparently, as Mattingly said he expected the third baseman to be activated for Thursday night's homestand opener against St. Louis after concluding a Minor League rehab assignment Tuesday night for a strained hamstring. Uribe has been out nearly seven weeks.
Top outfield prospect Joc Pederson learned he had a slight A/C shoulder separation and would miss at least 10 days. He had an MRI exam in Albuquerque on Wednesday after sustaining the injury Tuesday trying to make a diving catch.
Carl Crawford was able to swing in the batting cage at the club's Arizona complex and was "moving forward," Mattingly said, but was yet to do baseball drills on the field.
Scott Elbert came out of his third Minor League rehab appearance Tuesday night healthy and will continue his rehab from three elbow operations later this week.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.