8/16/2014 9:48 P.M. ET
Mattingly feels Kershaw merits MVP consideration
By Michael Lananna / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Don Mattingly never would've felt this way in his playing days. But when he looks at Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw now -- as his manager -- he sees an MVP candidate.
"I flip-flopped from when I played, but as a manager you just see the value of what a guy like Clayton's been able to do," Mattingly said Saturday. "I do think it needs to be one of those years where it seems like it's almost extraordinary, and it seems to be one of those years. I see the value in that guy, as opposed to when I was playing -- not that you didn't see value in pitching -- but it's a different thing."
Kershaw came into Saturday night's duel against the Brewers with a 14-2 record, a Major League-best 1.78 ERA, a career-high 11-0 winning streak and back-to-back National League Pitcher of the Month honors.
The 26-year-old left-hander threw his first career no-hitter June 18 against the Rockies -- coming just an error short of a perfect game. He then went on a streak of 41 consecutive scoreless innings -- tied for the fifth-longest in Major League history since 1961.
On top of those accomplishments, Mattingly said Kershaw brings many intangibles to his Dodgers club.
"Our guy, I feel like is [a leader]," Mattingly said. "The Cardinals talk about what [Adam] Wainwright brings to the club over there and the leadership he brings. I think it's tougher for a starting pitcher because he's out there once every five days, but I think a guy like Clayton, I think there's a tremendous amount of respect for him and the way he goes about business."
For precedent of a pitcher winning an MVP Award, Mattingly said he looks at Roger Clemens' 1986 season with the Boston Red Sox, in which he went 24-4 with a 2.48 ERA to win both the American League Cy Young and MVP.
"He was just dominant," Mattingly said. "It seemed like every time he pitched, he won. Stopped losing streaks, continued winning streaks, started new ones. Those guys seem to be the guys that are going seven, eight innings every time out, save your bullpen. ... So there's a lot of value that you don't really see."
With Uribe on DL, Hanley could shift to third
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe went on the disabled list Saturday with an injured right hamstring, but the Dodgers could soon have an alternative at the position in Hanley Ramirez.
Ramirez, who is eligible to come off the disabled list Aug. 24, was taking grounders at third base before Saturday's game against the Brewers as he tries to come back from a right oblique strain.
Ramirez had made the switch from shortstop to third base in 2012 with the Miami Marlins before he was dealt to the Dodgers. He played eight games at third for the Dodgers in 2012 but has played only at shortstop the last two seasons. A move to third could allow Miguel Rojas to remain at shortstop, where manager Don Mattingly said he's been "tremendous" defensively.
The Dodgers are optimistic Ramirez, who also took batting practice Saturday, will be able to come off the disabled list when his 15 days are up.
"I feel like Hanley has been doing pretty well," Mattingly said Saturday. "He's been able to do some things yesterday. Feeling like when it's time for him to come off, he's going to be able to come off."
As for Uribe, the decision to place him on the disabled list was a precautionary move, Mattingly said. Uribe missed 34 games earlier in the season with a strain of the same hamstring.
Uribe said he was injured charging in for a foul popup that catcher A.J. Ellis caught and that the injury had not improved by the time he arrived at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.
"He's doing OK today," Mattingly said. "The last time, he felt good in four or five days and then played three of four and missed 30 days, so we're going to be cautious."
Mattingly said he expects Uribe will be able to come off the disabled list in two weeks.
Justin Turner, who picked up the bulk of third-base starts when Uribe was out earlier, was in the lineup at third base Saturday night against the Brewers. The Dodgers called up infielder Carlos Triunfel from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill the void on the bench.
• Right-hander Zack Greinke said he felt "really strong" Friday night after dealing with an issue with his elbow that has bothered him the last few weeks. Mattingly said he isn't concerned.
"I never really felt like it was serious with Zack," Mattingly said. "It's a lot like pretty much every guy we have -- sore or something's not quite right. He feels like he's better now than he was three weeks ago. And I think that's the main thing, that he feels better."
• First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was removed from the game before the ninth inning Friday night in a double-switch. Mattingly said Gonzalez had stiffness in his back -- something that has ailed Gonzalez from time to time this season. However, Gonzalez was in Saturday's lineup, and Mattingly said the team would continue to monitor the situation.
"If he would come out here and not feel good swinging, we would take him out," Mattingly said. "But he came in feeling good today."
• The Dodgers sent No. 13 prospect Jesmuel Valentin, a supplemental first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, to the Phillies as one of two players in the Roberto Hernandez trade, the Phillies announced Saturday.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.