SAN DIEGO -- Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig will be designated hitter one game each when the Dodgers play an Interleague series in Kansas City beginning Monday night, manager Don Mattingly said.
"I'll try to spread it out," said Mattingly, who generally uses games with the DH to give veterans a breather from defense while keeping their bat in the lineup, rather than a complete game off.
Having a swingman like Scott Van Slyke, who can fill in for Gonzalez at first base or Puig in the outfield, eases the adjustment for the Dodgers in DH games. Miguel Rojas is the likely starter at shortstop when Ramirez is the DH.
Gonzalez has 40 career games as a DH, batting .248 with five homers and 16 RBIs. Ramirez has only 10 games at DH, batting .333 with one homer and six RBIs. Puig has never been a DH.
Uribe to extend rehab assignment
SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said third baseman Juan Uribe asked to remain on his injury rehab stint with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga a while longer instead of meeting the club Sunday.
Mattingly on Saturday indicated that Uribe would be evaluated in San Diego on Sunday and could be activated as soon as Monday in Kansas City. Now it looks as if Uribe won't be active until the homestand that opens Thursday night, although Mattingly didn't rule out the possibility of Uribe joining the club in Kansas City.
"It was more him than anyone," said Mattingly. "It sounds like he's not totally comfortable and needs a few more at-bats."
Uribe has played three games with Rancho Cucamonga, one as a designated hitter, two at third base. He is 4-for-11.
He has been nursing a right hamstring strain since May 20. The club has gone 17-12 in his absence.
Ken Gurnick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.