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Not much playing time to go around for Uribe

Not much playing time to go around for Uribe

Not much playing time to go around for Uribe
MIAMI -- The return of Adam Kennedy from the disabled list moves Juan Uribe even further down the third-base depth chart, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Friday.

"A.K. gives me a lefty side of that," said Mattingly, who uses Jerry Hairston and Luiz Cruz over Uribe when he wants a right-handed-hitting third baseman.

"It's hard to get [Uribe] in the lineup right now. I don't want anybody just sitting here. But at this point, with the everyday players we have and the guys he's competing with, the numbers don't line up.

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"I don't know how to say it. I tried to get him going all year long. I came in thinking he'd be the guy [at third base]. He was better early. His defense has been good all year, but he's struggled for offense and I didn't know where else to go. We're down to our last 49 games, and we've got to win games. If he matches up [with the opposing pitcher], he'll play at third still."

Otherwise, Mattingly said, Uribe will be a pinch-hitter and a defensive replacement.

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