8/19/2014 10:29 P.M. ET
Arruebarrena recalled, in lineup at shortstop
By Michael Lananna / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers recalled Erisbel Arruebarrena from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday and immediately inserted him at shortstop -- a position where he's proven defensively capable and where manager Don Mattingly thinks he can provide an offensive boost.
"I think he can hit a little bit, honestly," Mattingly said. "The ball comes off his bat well. It sounds like in Cuba he didn't put a whole lot of emphasis on his hitting. It was all about defense. We feel like there's some upside with his bat."
In two stints and eight games with the Dodgers, Arruebarrena has gone 5-for-16 with two RBIs, and he's batted .333 in 26 games with the Isotopes. Mattingly said hitting coach Mark McGwire has worked with Arruebarrena this season to make a few tweaks in his swing.
The Dodgers optioned infielder Carlos Triunfel back to Triple-A after calling him up Saturday when third baseman Juan Uribe (right hamstring) joined shortstop Hanley Ramirez (right oblique) on the disabled list. Arruebarrena was on the Minor League disabled list at the time of Triunfel's callup with right shoulder soreness. In three rehab games with the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers, Arruebarrena went 4-for-11 with two doubles, two home runs and four RBIs.
Rookie Miguel Rojas has been the primary starter at shortstop in Ramirez's absence, batting .209 in 115 at-bats this season.
"We like both guys," Mattingly said. "I think Miggy had shown he probably plays a little bit more second and third. He gives you a little bit different package. Arruebarrena has been really good at short. That's probably his best spot, and he has a chance to be pretty good offensively. So we'll see."
Mattingly compared Arruebarrena's potential to that of Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
"[Arruebarrena is] one of those guys that you just kind of catch people watching him take ground balls," Mattingly said. "He's so smooth over there. His hands are great. I think he's just one of those guys that's special at short."
Perez fires perfect inning in first rehab outing
LOS ANGELES -- Rehabbing right-hander Chris Perez pitched for the first time since going on the disabled list on Aug. 4, starting Monday night's game for Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
Perez, recovering from bone spurs in his right ankle, threw one inning and struck out one batter in Monday night's appearance.
"Talked to [assistant pitching coach] Kenny Howell today, and he was happy with the way he looked and the way he was moving," manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday. "Didn't feel like he was favoring his ankle in any way."
Mattingly said Perez is slated to throw a bullpen session Wednesday and would likely need "two or three" more games before he's ready to return to the Major League team. Mattingly said Perez will start another game before working out of the bullpen.
"If he holds up in that setting and everything's good with his foot, then we kind of move into getting him into a bullpen situation, where he's getting back into our routine," Mattingly said.
Perez has a 5.03 ERA in 42 games with the Dodgers this season, striking out 30 batters in 39 1/3 innings.
Ryu playing catch, no timetable for return
LOS ANGELES -- Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu played catch before Tuesday's series opener with the Padres, testing out his strained right gluteus on the day he was originally scheduled to start.
The Dodgers placed Ryu on the disabled list Friday. Newly acquired right-hander Kevin Correia started in Ryu's place Tuesday night, making his second start with the Dodgers.
"[Ryu's] doing better, feeling better," manager Don Mattingly said. "He's basically playing catch, keeping his arm moving. He'll be doing more things underneath, working out. He's doing good right now. Timetable-wise, I don't know if we're going to have that. ... Right now, I feel pretty good about that."
Ryu is 13-6 on the year for the Dodgers with a 3.28 ERA. This the second-year starter's second stint on the disabled list this season. He missed 20 games earlier in the year with left shoulder inflammation.
Mattingly said Ryu hasn't yet worked on his lower body.
"I don't think he's doing any running yet," he said. "But I see him in there working on his arm and doing different band exercises and things like that."
• Mattingly said third baseman Juan Uribe is progressing nicely from his strained right hamstring, which he had injured earlier in the season. "Uribe is feeling better," Mattingly said. "Mostly inside work, doing a little bit of baseball stuff. He'll be progressing toward the field, a lot like the first time he hurt it."
• Right-hander Josh Beckett hasn't yet begun throwing after going on the disabled list Aug. 4 with a left hip impingement, casting doubt on his chances of returning this season. "At this point, he's been out a little bit," Mattingly said. "It's going to take him awhile before he can start throwing. Once that happens, it's going to take him a little while to get built up. Is there going to be enough time? I'm not sure."
• Right-hander Zack Greinke is still listed to start Thursday against the Padres. Greinke has been dealing with soreness in his elbow, but Mattingly said Greinke's not on his "daily emails" when it comes to injuries. The manager did say that right-hander Carlos Frias would be the next in line to start should one of the starters not be able to go.
Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.