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Casey Blake nears rehab assignment; struggling Juan Uribe sits

Lhv3b6nc And then coming over the hill, bugler sounding the charge, storming to the rescue, it’s Rafael Furcal and Casey Blake.

Anyway, that’s the hope. When you’re 13th in runs scored, you take your cavalry where you can find it.

Furcal started his rehab Saturday from a broken left thumb by going 2 for 3 with three RBI batting for triple-A Albuquerque. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said the plan is for the shortstop to get 25 to 30 minor-league at-bats before joining the Dodgers.

Meanwhile, Blake took grounders and regular batting practice for the second consecutive day on Sunday. Mattingly said he is near a rehab assignment after suffering an elbow infection that required surgery.

"Casey is close," Mattingly said. "We’re hoping to get him out soon. He went the full Monty (Saturday). He did everything. We’ll give him a couple more days and then we’ll see.

"We’d be happy if he could if he could play (in a rehab start) when we go out on the road."

The Dodgers start a six-game road trip Friday when they open inter-league play at the Chicago White Sox.

Blake missed the first week of the season with a back injury but was hitting well once he returned (.321).

Juan Uribe moved from second to third to fill Blake’s spot in the roster. Uribe, however, has been struggling at the plate and was benched Sunday. He’s hitless in his last 10 at-bats and is batting just .200.

"Juan just needed a day," Mattingly said. "He’s scuffling."

Mattingly started Juan Castro at third Sunday, his first start since being called up Friday.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake (23) talks with fans prior to the game against the San Diego Padres at Camelback Ranch on March 10, 2011. Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel / US Presswire

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And therein lies the problem, with this team Dread & McDork have put together. Saidf it off season & will repeat it; across the board, the team hasn't the pitching nor hitting to contend for much of anything. 2 months & Dread gives Ted 33 mil & that was for what exzactly Dread ? Eating innings ? It matters not when they are not good enough to keep the opponent dow or to get key hits w/ RISP !

get used to it donnie....even if frank had the money, you'd still have a .200 hitter to bench whether his name was uribe or fill in the blank...

bet you were so happy to read frank's comments today stating how you're not going to have a big payroll to juggle as long as he owns and you manage for him....also bet you know who'll be the scapegoat if you don't win with this "very, very good team" - his words, not mine.

go away frank. just go away.

juan uribe is not good. he wasnt good when he was signed and he wont be good in the future.

Juan is the 2nd coming, of FAJ (Fatso Andruw Jones).......

i say sump Juan, NOW (& @ least during upcoming July trading period; maybe some "contender" will be stoooooopid enuf to take him off "duds" hands???)

The Dodgers need to invest in their farm system instead of buying everyone else's bums for ten times more than they are worth.

Juan Uribe is a pure 2nd half player. Through history, he usually busts out and July and glides as a good hitter through the rest of the year. He also had some injury issues early in the year. Give him about a week, and you'll see results. He will never hit for average, but 20-65 in Chavez is pretty good, considering this team has no alternatives.


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