Uribe taking BP, on track for rehab assignment

Uribe taking BP, on track for rehab assignment

DENVER -- Juan Uribe is poised to take the final step in working his way back from a left wrist injury that sidelined him since May 14. Uribe has been working out with the Dodgers, and can be expected to begin a brief Minor League rehab assignment next week.

"Juan's been improving," manager Don Mattingly said Friday. "He'll be taking BP, and he's been progressing. The thing with Juan that's been good is he'll take BP, and then the next day he's been fine. So we've had two days of that. He's going to progress, and we'll probably within the next day or so be talking about him playing somewhere."

Mattingly is impressed with how quickly Uribe has gotten his feel for the game back, and wants to ensure he gets some game action in the Minors to get the timing down on his swing.

"Basically, he's been able to tolerate BP and doing more," Mattingly said. "Once he's able to do that, then the next thing is to be able to play games."

Head athletic trainer Sue Falsone said she'd like to see Uribe go through his regular pregame routine with the club throughout the series in Colorado before he moves on to a Minor League rehab assignment.

"We're taking it day by day with him," Falsone said. "He's kind of back into his normal hitting routine that he would do on any game day, so we're going to do that for a few days and let him settle into his regular routine before game play. He should be [ready for games] next week sometime."