Mattingly works with Uribe on hitting

Mattingly works with Uribe on hitting

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly held a tutoring session at the batting cage with struggling third baseman Juan Uribe during early batting practice Monday.

The mechanical flaw Mattingly targeted will be familiar to any Little Leaguer.

"He needs to keep his butt underneath him and the bat in the strike zone," said Mattingly. "His head gets in front and the bat drags behind. He's got to try to get that drag out of there."

Uribe, a former Giant, missed nearly a month with an arthritic left wrist, returning June 11. He's hitting .225 with one homer and 12 RBIs in 36 games on the season, and the Dodgers are known to be looking for corner infielders because neither Uribe nor first baseman James Loney are producing as hoped.

Uribe figured to be up against it Monday night. He came into the game 2-for-21 lifetime against Giants starter Barry Zito. Loney, 2-for-28 against Zito, did not start.