Mattingly happy to have Miles back in fold

Mattingly happy to have Miles back in fold

LOS ANGELES -- On Friday, the Dodgers put Jerry Hairston on the disabled list and announced the signing of free agent Aaron Miles, but manager Don Mattingly said one move did not directly lead to the other.

"We were talking to Miles before that happened," Mattingly said.

Nonetheless, Miles is already working out at extended spring training in Arizona and will likely head to Triple-A Albuquerque when he's game ready, unless the Dodgers need him by then.

Miles was coming off one of his better seasons last year when he drove in 45 runs and played more than expected with injuries to Juan Uribe and Casey Blake. But he apparently priced himself out of the market by asking for a multi-year contract and wound up with no contract, the Dodgers instead turning to Adam Kennedy for bench depth.

"I can't say we have a plan that Aaron Miles will be here, but I can say it's nice knowing he's there," Mattingly said. "He drove in close to 50 runs. I'm shocked he's not playing somewhere. I think it's a great sign. You never know what's going to happen."