Rivera, Uribe hope to be back soon

Rivera, Uribe hope to be back soon

Rivera, Uribe hope to be back soon
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers welcomed back one Opening Day starter on Tuesday, and they expect the return of another real soon.

Manager Don Mattingly said outfielder Juan Rivera, who has been on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain since May 9, should be back with the team when they travel to Colorado on Friday.

"When we first talked about it, and [trainer Sue Falsone] just reminded me, we were talking six weeks, and we're at 19 days," Mattingly said. "So this guy is way ahead of schedule."

Rivera went 2-for-5 with three RBIs during a two-game rehab assignment with the Albuquerque Isotopes. However, he said he still doesn't feel 100 percent, and he plans to play one or two games for Class A Rancho Cucamonga before returning.

"I want to get my timing and see how I feel in the knee," Rivera said. "It was a little sore after the second game. Today it's good, better than the day before. They said it would take two months, but I want to come back before that, so I did treatment here and at home, alternate hot and cold. I think that helped me a lot, helped me come back early."

Mattingly added Juan Uribe, who hit the disabled list on May 14 with a left wrist injury, is doing better as well.

"He actually is a little irritated they aren't letting him hit today," Mattingly said. "He's been in the cage a couple of days, and it sounds like he's going to hit BP tomorrow."