Blake -- whose lower back inflammation prompted Mattingly to move Uribe to third base -- remains in Arizona playing in Minor League games. On Friday, he had three hits and played three innings in the field. He is eligible to be activated April 6, but Mattingly indicated the club will err on the side of caution and probably not bring him back that soon.
"He's starting to get his timing," said Mattingly. "I talked to him yesterday. I want him to be honest. Right now he could go out there. I need him to be totally ready to go. He's close. I think he's getting there."
Not far behind Blake is pitcher Vicente Padilla, who is healing quickly from Feb. 24 surgery to free an entrapped radial nerve in his forearm.