CHICAGO -- Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe took batting practice Friday and told the team his wrist was good to go, which meant that to make room for the addition of Bobby Abreu, Justin Sellers had to be sent down.
The club optioned Sellers to Triple-A Albuquerque, because he had options remaining and the flexibility to be sent down. He was disappointed and consoled by several teammates after getting the news from manager Don Mattingly.
"They optioned me down to make room for Abreu," Sellers said. "I understand it's out of my control. I'll go down and try to get better and be ready when they need me."
Sellers was hitting only .150 after making the Opening Day roster as Dee Gordon's backup at shortstop. Now versatile veteran Jerry Hairston adds backup shortstop to his long list of duties.
"I understand how the game works," said Sellers. "I know something can happen at any time. I know I can play in the big leagues right now. That's important. I know other people know that, too. It's a matter of getting the opportunity."
Uribe, meanwhile, missed another start because of recurring soreness in his left wrist, originally injured two weeks ago in a slide into home. But Mattingly said he expects to start Uribe in the next day or two now that he's responded well to a cortisone injection.
"I expect him to be able to play right away," said Mattingly, who started Hairston at third base Friday. "I know we saw the same [injury] in Milwaukee [two weeks ago]. We have to see if it pops back up or if he can play through."