Juan Uribe is available but isn’t in the Dodgers’ starting lineup.

Juan Uribe took batting practice prior to the Dodgers’ game against the Miami Marlins for the second straight day, but is not in Don Mattingly‘s starting lineup tonight. Justin Turner will get the start at third base for the third straight day.

Uribe looks healthy, but might be more than two days away from returning to the Dodgers’ starting lineup.

“We’re going to try to buy him as much time through the off-day, try to buy him to Arizona before I start him,” Mattingly said. “Everybody’s basically telling me he’s available to double-switch, to go into a game situation like that.”

Here are the full starting lineups for both teams:
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Marlins place Jose Fernandez on the 15-day disabled list, Wednesday’s starter remains TBA.

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Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sprained right elbow. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers don’t know who their opposing starter will be Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, but it won’t be Jose Fernandez.

The Miami Marlins’ misery greatly overshadows the Dodgers’ uncertainty. Fernandez, the reigning National League rookie of the year, has a sprained ligament in his right elbow. In a worst-case scenario, he will need season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Fernandez met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Monday in Los Angeles and is flying back to Miami today for a second opinion. The Marlins reportedly are preparing for the worst-case scenario.

Fernandez is 4-2 with a 2.44 earned-run average and an MLB-best 70 strikeouts this season. He is believed to have suffered the sprain in his last start Friday in San Diego.

The Marlins recalled left-handed reliever Dan Jennings from Triple-A. Manager Mike Redmond mentioned left-hander Brad Hand and right-hander Kevin Slowey as possibilities to start Wednesday’s game. Miami could also recall a pitcher from the minors.

The Dodgers haven’t seen much of Hand in the past. Justin Turner has one hit in three career at-bats against the left-hander, Yasiel Puig is 1-for-1 and Dee Gordon and Chone Figgins are both 0-for-1 in their careers against Hand.

Slowey has been rather miserable against the Dodgers. Scott Van Slyke (1-for-1), Turner (1-for-3), Miguel Olivo (1-for-1, HR), Matt Kemp (1-for-3), Adrian Gonzalez (1-for-6), Andre Ethier (1-for-4) and Carl Crawford (1-for-3) all have hits against the right-hander.

Paul Maholm is starting Wednesday’s game for the Dodgers.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder inflammation) hits disabled list; Stephen Fife likely to start Sunday.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu is 3-2 with a 3.00 earned-run average in seven starts this season for the Dodgers. (Sarah Reingewirtz/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers are without a starting pitcher Sunday after placing left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

Manager Don Mattingly told reporters in Miami that the injury isn’t considered serious and no MRI has been scheduled for Ryu. The DL stint is retroactive to April 28 and Ryu so if Ryu misses only the minimum 15 days, he’ll be eligible to return May 13.

The Dodgers’ schedule offers no favors: The team has no off-days between now and May 13. Who will start Sunday?
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Postgame thoughts: Dodgers 6, Marlins 0.

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Yasiel Puig scored on an RBI single in the fourth inning by Clayton Kershaw. (Associated Press photo)

Clayton Kershaw handed the ball to Brian Wilson in the ninth inning in a game that began just before 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

Otherwise, everything the Dodgers did to the Miami Marlins on Thursday restored a sense of normalcy to their season.

Kershaw pitched eight shutout innings, lowering his major-league leading earned run average to 1.72, and driving in the only run he would need with an RBI single in the fourth inning. The Dodgers scored five more times against the Marlins for good measure, helped by doubles from five different players among their eight hits.

There was a point early in this series when the Dodgers looked mortal and Yasiel Puig looked immature, but that quickly passed. Having Zack Greinke and Kershaw on the mound on back-to-back days will do that for a team.
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Postgame thoughts: Dodgers 4, Marlins 1.

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Zack Greinke pitched eight innings and didn’t walk a batter in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. (Associated Press photo)

There was a time not too long ago that “Bad Zack Greinke” existed, like other pitchers prone to bipolar performances.
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Dodgers bench their hottest hitter against Marlins; Yasiel Puig returns.

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In this photo posted to the Dodgers’ Facebook account today (and quite possibly staged), rookie Yasiel Puig points to a clock inside Marlins Park.

Yasiel Puig is on time and in the Dodgers’ lineup today.

Puig was benched (for poor play) and fined (for being late) Tuesday afternoon, only to come back and hit the game-winning home run later in the day.

The Dodgers are facing a familiar hard-throwing right-hander in Nate Eovaldi.

The notable absence from the lineup today? Juan Uribe, who’s hitting .588 (10-for-17) with three doubles, a homer and four RBI through five games on the Dodgers’ road trip. Uribe ranks ninth in the National League with a .355 batting average (22-for-62) in 19 games this month. He’s 9 for 13 (.692) with three RBI in five games against Miami this season — but will have to pull a Puig off the bench to continue his hot streak today.

Here’s the Dodgers’ full lineup:
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Daily Distractions: Dodgers brace for first meeting with Nate Eovaldi.

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This is what Nate Eovaldi looked like after his first start for the Dodgers, a win on Aug. 6, 2011 in Arizona. (Getty Images)

It was said a couple days ago on the Dodgers’ broadcast that Nate Eovaldi‘s fastball is up to 100 mph these days. Sure enough, FanGraphs don’t lie.

Before the Dodgers dealt Eovaldi to the Miami Marlins in the Hanley Ramirez trade last year, the right-hander could dial up his fastball to 98-99. This year, batters are hitting .201 off his fastball — which bottoms out around 89 mph, a notable spread — and .269 off his other pitches, a cutter, curve, change, slider and two-seam fastball.

It’s easy to forget that Eovaldi was 22 at the time of his trade and that his arm probably had more in it. Now he’s 23 and coming off a serious bout of inflammation in his right shoulder that left him on the disabled list until June, and throwing harder.

The extra speed didn’t help much five days ago, when Eovaldi (2-3) endured the worst outing of his career. He was shelled for 11 runs by the San Francisco Giants, nine earned, on 12 hits in just three innings. The Marlins lost 14-10 and Eovaldi became the second pitcher to allow 11 or more runs in a game this season.

Eovaldi’s skill is raw but unrefined, which merely means that he fits in with the rest of the Marlins. Certainly the Dodgers have no buyer’s remorse on Ramirez. Still, it will be interesting to see how Eovaldi fares tonight against Zack Greinke — who, by the way, has the best ERA in the majors (min. 40 inning pitched) since July 8:

1. Greinke                             1.45 (9 ER/56.0 IP)
2. Jose Fernandez, MIA     1.53
3. Hiroki Kuroda, NYY        1.54
4. Clayton Kershaw, LAD  1.56 (9 ER/52.0 IP)
5. Jarred Cosart, HOU       1.60
6. Yu Darvish, TEX              1.73

Some bullet points for a hump day:
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Postgame thoughts: Dodgers 6, Marlins 4.

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Yasiel Puig was benched Tuesday for the sixth time since reaching the majors. (Associated Press photo)

They closed the roof on Marlins Park on Tuesday night, and Yasiel Puig raised it.

The precocious rookie also changed the narrative on an eventful 48 hours in Miami.

In contrast to Puig’s last two games, Tuesday’s performance was hardly a whirlwind: He played four defensive innings and saw two pitches. It was a minimalist performance that commanded a maximum of attention, the artistic opposite of the $2.5 million orgy of cartoon flamingos and marlins beyond the center-field fence.
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Dodgers bench Yasiel Puig for Tuesday night’s game in Miami.

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Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig is hitless in his last two games. (Getty Images)

Embattled rookie Yasiel Puig wasn’t listed in the starting lineup for the Dodgers’ game Tuesday night against the Miami Marlins.

Don Mattingly didn’t exactly rule out the move (it sounded here like he was kidding) after Puig went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts Monday and appeared flustered by John Hirschbeck’s strike zone, arguing with the umpire from the Dodgers’ dugout in the fifth inning. Sunday, Puig failed to hit his cutoff man on a throw from right field and was picked off first base. In between, he was spotted out at a Miami Beach club with teammates Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford.

We can’t rule out the possibility that Puig is injured. However, it’s more likely that Mattingly became convinced that Puig would benefit from a day off in light of his mental miscues.

Skip Schumaker is playing right field and batting seventh. Mark Ellis is batting second. Here’s the full lineup:
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