I spent the first six innings of Tuesday night’s game standing in the hallway connecting the Dodgers and Braves clubhouses. That was a waste of time. So far as I can tell, only a bat and a little black book are going to Atlanta — not Juan Uribe, who must have watched the entire game from the Dodgers clubhouse, since he wasn’t in the dugout (or the hallway) after the National Anthem. Maybe he and Hyun-jin Ryu watched the game together. You all can use your imaginations.
Uribe is, of course, about to be traded to the Atlanta Braves. You don’t get choked up about trades that don’t happen. Teammates do not say their goodbyes if you’re going to be their teammate tomorrow.
If Uribe is a Dodger tomorrow, he’ll need a locker.
Multiple reports have the Dodgers receiving Eric Stults, Alberto Callaspo, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime in return for Uribe and Chris Withrow. I can’t offer anything more than that, other than the fact that I saw more Dodgers front office officials hovering around the clubhouse today than any single day since the regular season began.
Check that. I can offer two more things:
Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe had an unusually large media contingent outside his locker Tuesday, which is what happens when you’re the subject of trade rumors.
Uribe addressed those rumors and his diminished role with the Dodgers:
Juan Uribe is tagged out sliding into third base in the seventh inning of Monday’s game at Dodger Stadium, a 6-3 Dodgers win over the Atlanta Braves. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
The Dodgers and Atlanta Braves are discussing a trade that would send Juan Uribe to the Atlanta Braves for Alberto Callaspo, according to multiple reports Tuesday morning:
Update (9:45 a.m.): Callaspo apparently rejected the trade:
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”:
Zack Greinke did not allow a run in seven innings Friday, lowering his ERA for the season to 1.35. (Associated Press photo)
Zack Greinke was the panacea for all the Dodgers’ ills Friday — their taxed bullpen, their three-game losing streak. Well, almost all the ills. Can he donate a hamstring to Yasiel Puig?
Puig’s re-aggravated injury put a damper on the Dodgers’ win, their first of the week after three straight losses in San Francisco. Manager Don Mattingly sounded relieved that Greinke was able to go seven innings; Pedro Baez and Paco Rodriguez held down the eighth inning with a big assist from Jimmy Rollins. Yimi Garcia threw 12 pitches (nine were strikes) in pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first career save.
I didn’t write about Alex Guerrero today. That’s because he never left the bench. Juan Uribe had an RBI single and now has a seven-game hitting streak.
I mentioned Sunday’s “TBA” starter at the end of today’s notebook. For what it’s worth, Scott Baker is still listed as the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ starter tomorrow, Carlos Frias Sunday.
Tonight’s box score is here.