LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers activated infielder Juan Uribe from the disabled list on Monday, but manager Don Mattingly opted to keep him out of the lineup for the series opener against the Angels. The move sends Alex Castellanos to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Mattingly wanted to give Uribe the day off after he played three straight rehab games with Class A Rancho Cucamonga. He went 3-for-10 with a home run, a triple and three RBIs while with the Isotopes. Mattingly said he plans to play Uribe on Tuesday and Wednesday and then give him another day off to "break him in slowly."
"One more day is going to be the best thing for us," said Mattingly, who added the unfamiliarity of the Angels' Monday starter, Garrett Richards, also played a factor.
Uribe exited the lineup on May 13 with pain in his left wrist after hitting .250 through the Dodgers' first 25 games.
Castellanos, who was called up when Matt Kemp was sent back to the DL on May 31, hit only .143 and struck out seven times in 21 at-bats. On Sunday, Mattingly said he likes what he's seen in Castellanos, but added he needs to keep playing.
On the flip side, Uribe's return means Elian Herrera will be headed to the bench after filling in admirably over the past month. Mattingly said he won't be able to get Herrera in every day, but he will try to get the utility man in games as much as possible, with the outfield as the most likely destination.
Herrera is hitting .295 with a .386 on-base percentage, while providing a consistent bat toward the top of the Dodgers' lineup.