GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With third baseman Juan Uribe headed to San Francisco for a Monday civil trial, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday he wasn't worried if Uribe missed a day or two of practice because "I thought he looked good" when he reported Friday.
And how did Mattingly think Uribe looked a year ago, prior to the worst season of his life?
"Yeah, he seemed good last year, too."
Uribe, whose first season as a Dodger ended with sports hernia surgery, said he worked out hard during the offseason, losing weight and gaining muscle. Mattingly said Uribe "carries his weight good."
Uribe must appear in court because he is being sued by a former landlord seeking damages for a kitchen fire in a condo Uribe rented while he played for the Giants.