Dodgers activate Furcal, send Uribe to DL

Dodgers activate Furcal, send Uribe to DL

CHICAGO -- The good news/bad news treadmill continued for the Dodgers on Sunday, when shortstop Rafael Furcal was activated from the disabled list but Juan Uribe was put on it.

Furcal returned after a five-week break for a fractured left thumb. He started Sunday at shortstop in the Dodgers' Interleague Play finale against the White Sox.

But his returned was tempered by the disabling of Uribe, who suffered a strain of a lower abdominal or hip flexor muscle while making a diving catch Friday night.

"You don't feel great losing one to get another, but it's good to get Fukey back," manager Don Mattingly said. "Last week it looked like we'd have our whole infield together. Juan puts a damper on it. We still don't have that middle of the order."

Third baseman Casey Blake, on the DL with a staph infection in his left elbow, begins a Minor League rehab with Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday and he could be activated by next weekend.

But utility infielder Aaron Miles still is dicey with a sore left rib-cage muscle. Mattingly started Juan Castro at second base and said he would try to get Miles another day of rest Sunday, but when the action shifts to Houston and back into the National League on Monday, Mattingly either will need an available Miles or a replacement. The only infielder left on the 40-man roster and not active or disabled is Albuquerque's Ivan De Jesus Jr.

Mattingly said Uribe's injury is believed to be mild and he's expected to return in the minimum 15 days. Mattingly said he wasn't sure if the injury was technically an abdominal or hip flexor muscle.

"I flunked anatomy," he said. "Actually, I didn't, but I wasn't paying attention, just enough to go play baseball."