Juan Uribe, Adrian Gonzalez claim Wilson awards.

Adrian Gonzalez won his fourth career Gold Glove award yesterday. The Dodgers first baseman added to his resume today.

Gonzalez was named the Wilson defensive first baseman of the year, and Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe was named the Wilson defensive third baseman of the year.

Uribe also won the award last year. Unlike the Gold Glove awards (but like the Fielding Bible Awards), the Wilson awards cover both leagues.

Dodgers’ Gold Glove Award winners revealed: Adrian Gonzalez, Zack Greinke.

Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and pitcher Zack Greinke won Gold Glove Awards at their positions Tuesday.

Greinke, 31, had never won a Gold Glove award before in his career. Greinke made one error in 59 chances this season, a .983 fielding percentage.

Gonzalez had won the award three times before in his career, twice with the San Diego Padres and once with the Boston Red Sox. No Dodgers first baseman had won a Gold Glove award since Steve Garvey in 1977.

Gonzalez gets an additional $100,000 from the Dodgers for winning the award, part of a bonus clause that was written into his 2012 contract with the Boston Red Sox.

Juan Uribe was a finalist for a Gold Glove award at third base. He fell short in the balloting to defending winner Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was a finalist to win the award along with Greinke.

Watch: The Gold Glove case for Juan Uribe.

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Juan Uribe is a finalist for the National League Gold Glove Award at third base, along with Nolan Arenado and Pablo Sandoval. (Getty Images)

Juan Uribe has never won a Gold Glove Award in his career.

If you tend to think in absolutes, such as “Juan Uribe is absolutely the best defensive third baseman in the National League,” that might be hard to believe. If you do not, and you acknowledge that the Gold Glove Awards can be biased and subjective (Rafael Palmeiro won one on the basis of his 28 games played at first base in 1999), it starts to make sense.

In defense of the award selection process, it’s really hard to appreciate a player’s fielding ability over the course of a typical three-game series. When you see a batter swing, you get a sense for his strengths and weaknesses with a bat. At the least, you can watch an at-bat and might get some sense of his plate discipline. However, three games won’t necessarily allow you to see him field a ball, let alone make a tough play. One series, a guy might look like the best fielder on the planet. The next, he might look like Hanley Ramirez. Also, there’s no telling if the player was fully healthy during the three-game series you watched.

The majority of Gold Glove Award determination is done by a manager’s vote. Since he can’t vote for his own players, the observations he collects — one series at a time — matter quite a bit. It’s 75 percent of the final vote. The other 25 percent is determined by something called the SABR Defensive Index (SDI), a statistic invented specifically for the purpose of Gold Glove Award voting. Don Mattingly has said that all managers can see this stat for all players before they vote.

I don’t have that number with me right now, though Uribe was second among NL third basemen in the most recent SDI rankings in September. There are still quite a few stats we can draw from. Upon closer inspection, it’s a surprise Uribe hasn’t won a Gold Glove Award yet.
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Dodgers’ Kershaw, Greinke, Gonzalez and Uribe are Gold Glove Award finalists.

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Clayton Kershaw is a finalist for a National League Gold Glove Award, which he won for the only time in 2011. (Associated Press photo)


Dodger pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and third baseman Juan Uribe are finalists for National League Gold Glove awards.

The quartet was announced Thursday by Rawlings, the equipment maker which sponsors the award. Winners will be revealed on ESPN2 Nov. 4. The winners have already been chosen; the three finalists at each position are really the top three vote-getters.

We’ll have a bit more on each player’s credentials in a bit. Here’s the full list of NL Gold Glove Award finalists:
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Dodgers announce NLDS roster; Paco Rodriguez, Joc Pederson, Darwin Barney cut.

The Dodgers will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players on their roster for the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Among the final cuts were left-hander Paco Rodriguez, outfielder Joc Pederson and infielder Darwin Barney.

The Dodgers will carry four starting pitchers and eight relievers, including two left-handers: Scott Elbert and J.P. Howell.

Here is the complete roster:
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Hanley Ramirez returns, Dodgers option Erisbel Arruebarrena to Rancho Cucamonga.

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Hanley Ramirez spent the minimum time on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle. (Getty Images)

Hanley Ramirez was in the Dodgers’ starting lineup Sunday for the first time since he strained a right oblique muscle August 8 in Milwaukee. Ramirez was batting fourth then, and has batted either second, third or fourth every time he’s been in the lineup this year.

Why is he batting fifth today?

“I wanted to let Hanley get back into the flow,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s been a little bit of time. He doesn’t really have a history with (New York Mets starter Bartolo) Colon. Matt’s got a little history.”

Dee Gordon is leading off, Yasiel Puig is batting second, Adrian Gonzalez is third and Matt Kemp fourth — the same order Mattingly has used in 10 of the 13 games since Ramirez was placed on the disabled list.

“We’re not really going to try to be that cautious,” Mattingly said. “We’re going to play him. We’re not going to run him into the ground. If he’s not feeling good we’re going to give him a break. With the days off coming, just kind of play it by ear. Play one, got one off. Play two, got another one off. Then we’ve got six in a row. Unless we’ve got something going on, he should be fairly rested.”
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Hyun-Jin Ryu is on a submaximal throwing program.

Hyun-Jin Ryu played catch with Juan Uribe prior to the Dodgers’ game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday. Two days ago, he played catch with head athletic trainer Stan Conte. The pitcher appears to be making progress in his “submaximal throwing program,” as Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called it, while recovering from a strained right gluteus medius.

“Timetable-wise, I don’t think we have that, but the fact that he’s throwing and feeling good — Stan said the day before the catch was fairly firm,” Mattingly said. “Assuming it’s continuing to progress. Right now, feel pretty good about it.

Ryu isn’t able to run yet, Mattingly said. He’s eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on August 29.

Hanley Ramirez’s stubbornness is on track to relegate Miguel Rojas to the bench.

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Hanley Ramirez is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle. (Getty Images)


Hanley Ramirez turned a few heads Saturday by taking ground balls at third base before the Dodgers’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

That was the point, manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.

“I think he likes making everybody raise their eyes and making me answer questions,” Mattingly said.

Question: will Ramirez be a third baseman once he’s activated from the 15-day disabled list?

“No real talk of that,” Mattingly said.

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Juan Uribe leaves game with tightness in his right hamstring.

Juan Uribe was removed in the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday with tightness in his right hamstring.

The team said that Uribe was removed for precautionary reasons and is day-to-day. Justin Turner took over for Uribe at third base.

In three plate appearances Friday, Uribe went 1 for 3 with a single. He flied out in his final at-bat just before exiting the dugout with head athletic trainer Stan Conte.

Uribe missed 34 games in May and June with a strained right hamstring.

Why the Chase Headley trade could be gold for Juan Uribe.

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Juan Uribe leads all National League third basemen in UZR and dWAR after the trade that sent Chase Headley to the New York Yankees. (Getty Images)

Nolan Arenado missed a month of the season with a fractured middle finger.

Chase Headley is a New York Yankee.

Suddenly, Juan Uribe has a very real chance of winning his first career Gold Glove award.
A look at where Uribe ranks in the National League:
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