March 21, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix — As Clayton Kershaw walked by the pingpong table in the middle of the Dodgers' clubhouse Wednesday morning, Juan Uribe picked up a paddle and challenged him to a game. Kershaw accepted. As soon as Uribe was ahead by a couple of points, he set down his paddle, planted himself on a nearby chair and declared, "I win!" The nearby crowd of Spanish-speaking players roared with laughter. Kershaw smiled, shook his head and returned to his locker. Uribe is still smiling and still optimistic but still isn't hitting.
March 6, 2012 |
San Francisco Giants 8, Dodgers 4 AT THE PLATE: Andre Ethier hit his first home run of the spring. Juan Uribe, who batted .204 in his first season with the Dodgers last year, reached base in both of his plate appearances. Uribe singled to left in the second inning and drew a walk in the fourth. Leadoff hitter Dee Gordon demonstrated his speed in the first inning when he hit a grounder to first baseman Brett Pill but beat pitcher Barry Zito to first base for an infield hit. ON THE MOUND: Ted Lilly served up two towering home runs in the first inning, including one to leadoff hitter Melky Cabrera that went out of the ballpark.
February 26, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix -- Make no mistake: Juan Uribe is still top-heavy. But Uribe reported to spring training over the weekend with a firmer-looking torso than he did in his disastrous first season with the Dodgers, when he appeared bloated and hit .204 with four home runs and 28 runs batted in. His shoulders and arms are heftier. His midsection isn't protruding as much. "I worked hard to try to regain what I lost last year," Uribe said. Before the Dodgers' projected starting third baseman can move forward, he must revisit the past.
February 25, 2012 |
Juan Uribe reported to spring training with a firmer-looking upper body and an oversized smile. He exchanged loud greetings and embraces with his teammates, then spoke about everything from the work he did to avoid a repeat of his disastrous first season with the Dodgers and to how he could miss the first few days of full-squad workouts because he is a defendant in an upcoming civil trial. Andre Ethier also showed up at the Dodgers complex Saturday. But Ethier wasn't smiling.
September 29, 2011
The Dodgers have four players under contract for 2012 and they will make about $33.75 million. They are: Ted Lilly: $12 million Juan Uribe: $8 million Matt Guerrier: $4.75 Chad Billingsley: $9 million Total: $33.75 million
September 1, 2011 |
Reporting from Pittsburgh — Casey Blake tried playing hurt. Juan Uribe tried resting. But the Dodgers' two injury-riddled infielders are expected to end their seasons the same way: on the operating table. Surgeries are planned for Blake and Uribe in the coming weeks, with Blake scheduled for a neck operation on Tuesday and Uribe receiving a second opinion before undergoing a procedure to repair a sports hernia. "It's really a microcosm of what's happened to us," Manager Don Mattingly said.
August 13, 2011 |
With his recovery from a strained left hip having stalled, Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe is expected to visit a Los Angeles specialist Monday or Tuesday to determine whether he might be suffering from a more debilitating injury. Two possibilities are a sports hernia or a strained abdominal muscle, Dodgers trainer Stan Conte said, though two previous MRIs did not reveal any strain. "At some point, you need an explanation," Conte said. "We think he should be ready [to play]
July 26, 2011 |
Juan Uribe might be smiling in the clubhouse every day, but the $21-million infielder said he's hurting inside. "I'm not happy with how I've played," Uribe said. "I haven't played the way I wanted to play. I haven't helped the team the way I would have liked. When you come to a new team, this isn't what you want to happen. " In the first season of his three-year deal with the Dodgers, Uribe is batting .204 with four home runs and 28 runs batted in in 77 games. "It's been a tough year," he said.
July 9, 2011 |
They were no-hit for 8 2/3 innings. The turnout at their ballpark was called "pathetic" by Joe Buck on Fox's regional telecast, as less than half of the announced crowd of 29,744 appeared to be there. Their cash-strapped owner was the target of a demonstration down the street. The Dodgers didn't care. They celebrated a 1-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday as if they had clinched a playoff berth, one player after another piling on top of Dioner Navarro.
June 18, 2011 |
Juan Uribe was dark-haired Thursday, blond Friday and bald Saturday. The inconsistency of Uribe's appearance has been a source of some light-hearted humor in the Dodgers' dugout. His inconsistent presence in the lineup? Not so funny. The Dodgers' $21-million off-season acquisition went into Saturday's game with a .215 average, something Manager Don Mattingly said he blamed on a couple of injuries Uribe suffered. Always considered a streaky hitter, Uribe started to gain momentum in mid-April, when he batted .435 with two home runs over a six-game stretch.