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Third Base Becoming an Issue for the Los Angeles Dodgers with Juan Uribe Still Out

June 15th, 2014 at 12:57 PM
By Jimmy Reynolds

The Los Angeles Dodgers need Juan Uribe back from injury, and fast. Unfortunately, that does not appear likely to happen any time soon.

'Yonder Alonso tagged out by Juan Uribe' photo (c) 2012, SD Dirk - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Injuries have created a black hole at third base, and the Dodgers have become desperate enough to use Miguel Rojas and Jamie Romak there on back-to-back days.

Without Uribe, the Dodgers had turned to Chone Figgins and Justin Turner, both of whom performed rather admirably over the past month. Turner was one of the offense’s most productive players over the last month, and Figgins had made a habit of getting on base at a high rate.

Figgins is now on the 15-day DL with a strained quad, and Turner has had issues of his own with a calf strain. That has left the Dodgers to turn to Romak and Rojas, which is less than ideal for a team looking to gain some ground in the NL West.

Neither Romak nor Rojas is highly regarded for their offense, but Rojas is at least considered an excellent defender. At shortstop.

Rojas has all of 40 games played at third base during a nine-year minor league career, while Romak has not been listed as a third baseman since 2010. There is reason to be concerned, especially considering that this may not be a temporary situation with Uribe’s injury. According to manager Don Mattingly:

“I know he still has to pass the baserunning things he has to do, the curves and the turns. We're still a few days away from that part of it. Ground ball wise, hitting wise he looks good. He's not too far away, but it's not tomorrow."

Once Uribe is cleared for baserunning, he will need to go on a minor league rehab assignment, further exacerbating the third base situation at the big league level. Mattingly noted this, saying:

"He's gonna need some at-bats. He's been out long enough."

Tags: Baseball, Chone Figgins, Don Mattingly, Jamie Romak, Juan Uribe, Justin Turner, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miguel Rojas, MLB

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