Mattingly conceded he wasn't sure what to expect from Uribe, who returned June 11 from a month on the disabled list with an arthritic left wrist. Uribe is 1-for-18 on the current trip. In nearly 1 1/2 injury-marred seasons with the Dodgers, Uribe has five home runs after slugging 24 for the Giants in 2010 before signing a three-year deal with Los Angeles.
"Since he came back [from the wrist injury], he hasn't looked as good," Mattingly said of Uribe. "I need Juan to play better. I believe it's better than this. I believe in hard work, not giving up on guys or in guys giving up on themselves."
It's no secret the Dodgers are looking for replacements at both infield corners. At first base, however, they can bring Juan Rivera in from left field and start Bobby Abreu in left field, as they did Wednesday. At third base, they have no productive options other than Josh Fields, who has a .331 average and .516 slugging percentage for Triple-A Albuquerque.
The Dodgers are 19-12 when Uribe starts at third base. They are 12-5 when Adam Kennedy starts there.