LOS ANGELES -- While the Dodgers left Chicago uncertain about the health of a trio of players, the team received good news when it returned home Monday to open a three-game set against the Giants.
Jerry Hairston, who strained his left hamstring while running out an infield single in the second inning of Sunday's game against the Cubs, felt much better a day later.
"He is a lot better then we thought he would be," manager Don Mattingly said. "So we are kind of going to bite the bullet for a day or so and see where we are at."
What eases Mattingly's mind about Hairston is knowing that Juan Uribe can make starts as Hairston sits out a few days.
Uribe, who sat out the Dodgers' last five games with a sore left wrist, was penciled in at third base for Monday's game. He's still expected to get a precautionary MRI in the coming days.
"He got a shot in Colorado that really helped," Mattingly said. "He is getting relief and feeling much better. He's ready to roll."
Matt Kemp was also back in the starting lineup to extend his consecutive-games-played streak to 394. Scratched from Sunday's starting lineup with a tight left hamstring, Kemp completed a battery of tests before the game and didn't feel any tightness.
"He is 100 percent and ready to play," said Mattingly.