About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe ‘part of our club’ but isn’t playing a lot.

Juan Uribe has started three of the Dodgers’ last 13 games at third base. Alex Guerrero is starting at third today, so it will soon become three of the last 14 for Uribe.

Uribe had a 13-game hitting streak from April 15 to May 4 that raised his slash line to .279/.318/.361 for the season. Since then Guerrero and Justin Turner have taken the majority of starts while Uribe has just two hits, both singles, in 19 at-bats. He’s gone from starting third baseman to “part of the mix” to, as manager Don Mattingly said Sunday, “eh, part of our club”:

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Game 41: The drought is over — not the rain, the other one(s) — and thoughts on Ryu’s injury.

Adrian Gonzalez

True story: It was cloudy, breezy and growing unusually cold as the Dodgers filed onto the field for their usual pregame stretch today. The skies were gray. I asked Brett Anderson if he thought it was going to rain. “No,” he said. “I’m not pitching today.” (Outside joke.)

It didn’t rain Friday, but a couple droughts ended in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres.

The game story is here. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

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Moving Jimmy Rollins down in the lineup is an option, but when?

Jimmy Rollins

Jimmy Rollins’ batting average has been below .200 since April 22. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers entered Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres with a 31-inning scoreless streak. It was ultimately extended to 35, tying a Los Angeles Dodgers record, before Andre Ethier drove in Justin Turner in the fifth inning.

Jimmy Rollins, who’s slashing .196/.260/.326 over the last month, batted second today. He’s batted second in each of his starts since April 29. Before the game I asked Don Mattingly if he would consider moving Rollins down in the lineup in order to jump-start the offense.

“Obviously at some point you have to make decisions on what’s best for the club,” Mattingly said. “If we get there, that’s what we do.”

That’s the closest Mattingly has come to acknowledging that moving Rollins down in the order is in the team’s best interest. If that’s the case, the manager has thus far chosen to defer to a veteran player who isn’t interested in batting lower than second. The Dodgers entered play Friday with a 24-16, good for first place in the National League West, which might be buying Rollins some time to sort things out.

All this is nothing new, really. But to this point in the season, questions involving Rollins’ numbers were typically met with a response about the quality of Rollins’ at-bats. So for Mattingly to acknowledge the elephant in the room is at least blog-worthy.