Third baseman Juan Uribe has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a right hamstring strain, the Dodgers announced Wednesday before their game in New York. They also activated starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu in a move that was known for several days. Chris Withrow was optioned to the minors to make room for Ryu while the corresponding move to Uribe hitting the DL was rookie Cuban import Erisbel Arruebarrena.
The Dodgers would like you to know some things about Arruebarrena:
The Scoop on EA: 1. Arruebarrena is pronounced Arr-ru-eh-BAHR-ena 2. Yasiel and Erisbel were teammates in Cuba 3. https://t.co/K1KBUzMqim— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 21, 2014
I'd also like to add that this is the most ridiculous last name to type several times in the same article, surpassing the likes of Rzepczynski, Samardzija and blast-from-the-past Grudzielanek.
On a serious note, Arruebarrena is known as a very good defensive player and will be used primarily as a backup middle infielder. Dodgers fans should hope they don't see him handling a bat too often, because he hit .208/.252/.302 with 31 strikeouts in 105 Double-A plate appearances. Basically, they'd be better off using Zack Greinke as a pinch-hitter.
With Uribe on the shelf, expect Justin Turner to be the main third baseman with Chone Figgins possibly getting some looks as well.
Uribe, 35, is hitting .303/.331/.454 (119 OPS+) with 11 doubles, four homers and 18 RBI this season in addition to his quality glove-work at the hot corner. The hamstring had been bothering him of late and he hoped to avoid a DL stint, but that attempt has proven futile.