Day after early exits, Uribe, Turner available

Dodgers infielders injured on back-to-back plays vs. D-backs

Day after early exits, Uribe, Turner available

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers apparently escaped a double disaster as infielders Juan Uribe and Justin Turner, injured on consecutive plays at third base Saturday night, were available to play on Sunday.

Manager Don Mattingly, however, said he would try to stay away from both.

Turner bruised his left index finger when he was spiked trying to tag A.J. Pollock, who was attempting to steal third base in the third inning. Uribe replaced Turner and on the next play felt his left hamstring tighten as he ranged to field Paul Goldschmidt's bouncer and threw him out at first.

Turner's finger was still swollen, but he said he felt better than he thought he would after initially fearing the finger was broken. Mattingly said he might be available.

Uribe performed pregame running drills and was moving at full speed.

In Sunday's starting lineup, Mattingly had Alex Guerrero at third base, joining right fielder Yasiel Puig and catcher Yasmani Grandal to give the Dodgers three Cuban-born players in the starting lineup.

Guerrero, a shortstop in Cuba, has been much maligned for his defense since signing a four-year, $28 million contract and being unable to adapt to second base. But Mattingly said Guerrero was impressive at third base during Spring Training.

"He looks more comfortable over there and that makes us more comfortable," Mattingly said. "[Coach Tim Wallach] has been surprised at how well he's taken to it."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.