If our calculations are correct, when this guy hits 88 miles per hour… pic.twitter.com/rj4ipMooAW
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 27, 2014
By Jon Weisman
Five weeks and two days after pulling up lame while running to second base in the ninth inning in Flushing, Juan Uribe is back in the Dodger starting lineup.
Carlos Triunfel, 2 for 7 with a home run as a Dodger, was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque. The move was an endorsement of the near-term prognosis of Hanley Ramirez, who is missing his third start in a row tonight with irritation in the acromioclavicular joint of his right shoulder and saw Dr. Neal ElAttrache today.
Uribe has a .331 on-base percentage and .454 slugging percentage this year — along with the third-best UZR/150 among National League third basemen — but has played only 34 innings in the past 49 days because of hamstring issues.
The bulk of the Dodgers’ innings at the hot corner during that time went to Justin Turner, who had a .405 OBP and slugged .524.
Ramirez, meanwhile, is sidelined with a 10-game hitting streak intact, during which he has had a .415 OBP and .556 slugging.
According to Baseball-Reference.com, the Dodgers are fourth in the NL in Wins Above Average at shortstop and second at third base. According to Fangraphs, the Dodgers are third in the league at third base and second at shortstop.