The Dodgers announced the activation of Juan Uribe from the disabled list this morning in time for him to drive in two runs and score another in the Dodgers’ 7-1 victory of the Padres. Sidelined since August 15 with a right hamstring strain, Uribe missed a total of 12 games. When he went down, Los Angeles was 5 ½ in front of the Giants; by the time he was activated, the lead shrunk to a mere 2 ½ games.
Inserted into the lineup for today’s series finale against San Diego, Uribe gave the Dodgers an immediate lift, going 2-for-5 with two runs batted in and a run scored. The win stopped a Los Angeles slide that saw their lead trimmed by two games in as many days, courtesy of consecutive walk off losses to the Padres.
Needing a shot in the arm, the Dodgers also activated pitcher Hyun Jin Ryu for the game. Ryu responded by scattering four hits in seven innings while allowing one run. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
To make room on the roster for Uribe, the Dodgers optioned infielder Miguel Rojas. In 66 games, Rojas started at shortstop, third base, and second base, playing a variety of roles. The light-hitting Rojas knocked one home and three doubles to go with his .195 batting average.
A finalist in Gold Glove voting a year ago, Uribe has been solid at the plate this season. His .293 batting average, should he maintain it, would be his highest in any year in which he’s played in at least half of his team’s games.
The Dodgers return home for a nine-game home stand starting with a three-game set with the Washington Nationals, owners of the best record in the National League.