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”:
MILWAUKEE — Two Dodgers players earned trophies from MLB Monday. Adrian Gonzalez was hardly a surprise pick as the National League’s Player of the Month after leading all qualified batters with a .790 slugging percentage and hitting five home runs in the Dodgers’ first three games. No player had achieved the latter feat in baseball history.
The Dodgers have the National League’s top rookie for April as well, but it isn’t Joc Pederson.
Alex Guerrero was given the honor after leading qualified NL rookies with a .423 batting average (11-for-26) and a 1.077 slugging percentage last month, and ranked first among NL rookies and tied for seventh overall in home runs (5) and RBI (13).
Guerrero said he was not aware the award existed before Monday. Since his batting average peaked at .500 on April 26, Guerrero has one hit in his past 12 at-bats. He was benched on Monday in favor of Juan Uribe at third base and Scott Van Slyke in left field against Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Pederson and rookie reliever Yimi Garcia were listed among the runners up for the award.
The Dodgers’ injury carousel continued to spin Tuesday, when left fielder Carl Crawford was diagnosed with a strain in his right oblique muscle. Crawford received a cortisone shot and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Crawford is expected to miss anywhere from two weeks to two months — an informal timetable offered by Don Mattingly on Tuesday. A more exact timetable is expected in the coming days.
Kiké Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Crawford’s spot on the active roster and is starting in center field today against the San Francisco Giants. Alex Guerrero is getting his first start in left field while Scott Van Slyke starts in right field against Madison Bumgarner, a left-handed pitcher.