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Dodgers send Uribe to DL with wrist soreness

Dodgers send Uribe to DL with wrist soreness

Dodgers send Uribe to DL with wrist soreness
LOS ANGELES -- The sudden wave of Dodgers injuries continued Monday when they had to put third baseman Juan Uribe on the 15-day disabled list with recurring left wrist soreness.

The Dodgers replaced him by purchasing the contract of Triple-A Albuquerque utility man Elian Herrera and designating outfielder Trent Oeltjen for assignment.

Uribe was scheduled to undergo an MRI to determine if the wrist requires rest or something more aggressive like surgery.

Uribe has been bothered by the wrist problem for a month. It responded well to an injection, but was irritated again during batting practice in Colorado two weeks ago and again before his pinch-hitting appearance Sunday.

"After the shot they said it could come back, and if it does it would mean more testing," manager Don Mattingly said. "To go farther would be guessing. We're hoping it's short term. Now it hurts all over the wrist. It was just on the side. Now he's feeling pain all over.

"He's been playing well. We're a better lineup with him in there."

Adam Kennedy replaced Uribe in Monday night's lineup. Mattingly mentioned Herrera and Justin Sellers as possible replacents.

At Albuquerque are veteran third basemen Josh Fields and Jeff Baisley, but neither are on the 40-man roster.

The contract purchase of Herrera -- a 27-year-old switch-hitter -- is another sign of the organization's lack of top position prospects.

He was originally signed by the Dodgers out of the Dominican Republic in 2003, didn't reach Double-A until his eighth professional season and has never been protected on the 40-man roster. But he has been Albuquerque's primary leadoff hitter this year, batting .358 overall and .404 against left-handed pitching.

The promotion leaps Herrera, who was not expected to be in uniform until around 8:30 p.m. PT, over four position players at Triple-A that are on the 40-man roster and have Major League experience -- Matt Angle, Ivan DeJesus Jr., Oeltjen and Jerry Sands. That list excludes catcher Tim Federowicz, who is ranked by MLB.com as the team's No. 14 prospect.

Mattingly said he's familiar with Herrera from the Minor League games he appeared in for the Dodgers.

"Every time he got hits," he said. "I've looked at the Minor League reports. He's played, center, right, left, second, short and third. He's been good everywhere. Manny Mota told me in the spring to get Herrera over here, that he was leading off in the Dominican and played really good."

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