6/26/2014 9:01 P.M. ET
Gonzalez's consistency highlights All-Star case
By Michael Lananna / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez briefly led the National League All-Star voting at first base but has since slipped behind Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt by more than 700,000 votes.
Goldschmidt certainly has the numbers in his favor, hitting .301 with 15 home runs compared to Gonzalez's 13 home runs and .253 average.
However, while Gonzalez's average has slipped in the last month, he continues to be an important run producer in the middle of the order for the Dodgers. Coming into Thursday night's game against the Cardinals, Gonzalez had a streak of seven straight games with at least one RBI. He leads the team with 48 RBIs. Gonzalez also leads the team in games played, providing a steady force in a lineup that has been shuffled quite often due to injury.
While he currently trails Goldschmidt, his importance to the Dodgers cannot be overlooked.
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 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
Dodgers get Uribe back in lineup, at third base
LOS ANGELES -- Who's on third? For the first time in a long time, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was able to pencil in Juan Uribe at the hot corner Thursday.
Uribe, who hasn't played for the Dodgers since May 20, was in Thursday's starting lineup against the Cardinals, batting sixth and playing third. Uribe was batting .303 with four home runs in 40 games before being placed on the disabled May 21 with a strained right hamstring.
"[Uribe's] a guy who's been good offensively, a guy who's a good defender," Mattingly said. "It lengthens our lineup a little bit, gives us more flexibility with J.T."
J.T., of course, is Justin Turner, who has filled in admirably at third base in Uribe's stead, batting .293 with three home runs and 19 RBIs in 157 at-bats. Mattingly said he would likely mix and match at third base for the time being, easing Uribe back into the lineup.
The Dodgers optioned infielder Carlos Triunfel to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Uribe.
Shoulder keeps Hanley out as Crawford starts running
LOS ANGELES -- While Juan Uribe was in the Dodgers' starting lineup Thursday, shortstop Hanley Ramirez was still absent.
Ramirez has been out since Tuesday in Kansas City with an arthritic right shoulder. He was scheduled to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Thursday, and manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez underwent an MRI -- the results of which have yet to be announced. Miguel Rojas started at short in place of Ramirez on Thursday.
Meanwhile, left fielder Carl Crawford, who has been on the disabled list since May 27 with a left ankle sprain has begun running again after experiencing a setback at the team's training facility in Arizona.
"He was running today," Mattingly said Thursday. "I saw a video of him running on the field. I think he's going to start being able to do more and more, so he's back on track. He's going to be swinging the bat and getting back on the field."
Mattingly also said left-hander Scott Elbert was scheduled to throw another rehab outing -- about 25 pitches -- Thursday night.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.