Uribe returns to starting lineup for Dodgers

Uribe returns to starting lineup for Dodgers

Uribe returns to starting lineup for Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- In Juan Uribe's first game since being activated from the disabled list on Monday, his appearance was short-lived with the Dodgers infielder being hit by a pitch as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning.

On Tuesday, he made his first start since May 12, playing third base and hitting seventh against the Angels.

The possibility of more stability in the lineup and on the field after so many injury-related changes this year has manager Don Mattingly hopeful.

"I know a lot of people talk about last year and he really struggled, but his at-bats have been good this year and we feel like he's been swinging the bat better," Mattingly said. "We're just hoping to get him in there and keep him in there and get some consistency going."

Uribe was hitting .250 with 10 RBIs and eight runs in 25 games before hitting the DL with an injured left wrist on May 14. The infielder hit .204 in 77 games in 2011.

Mattingly added that Uribe is the team's best defender at third base and he's had an ability to drive the ball into right-center and dead center this year.