KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Dodgers selected the contract of first baseman Clint Robinson from Triple-A Albuquerque and designated infielder Jamie Romak for assignment before their game Wednesday night against Kansas City.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the move was made to add another left-handed bat to the lineup. Robinson was hitting .309 with 14 homers and 56 RBIs with the Isotopes.
Romak made his big league debut May 28. He appeared in 15 games with the Dodgers.
“Clint can hit. We liked the way he was swinging the bat in spring training,” Mattingly said. “He was swinging the bat real well in Albuquerque. Again, it gives us another guy on the other side of the plate and we feel like we needed a lefty on the bench.”
Mattingly also provided medical updates on a number of injured players, including third baseman Juan Uribe, who could be activated before Thursday’s game against St. Louis.
Uribe has been on the disabled list since May 21 with a hamstring injury.
“We’re hoping tomorrow,” Mattingly said. “If he gets to the stadium tomorrow and everything is good, we’re hoping tomorrow will be a good day for him.”
Mattingly declined to say what corresponding roster move might be made.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez remains sidelined by shoulder soreness that caused him to be a late scratch from the lineup Tuesday night. Mattingly said Ramirez will be examined again Thursday by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache to determine the extent of the injury.
Ramirez has been dealing with shoulder inflammation and was scratched from a start against Cincinnati earlier this month. The injury is similar to the one that landed Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp on the disabled list last season.
“He’s better today, but not quite where we want,” Mattingly said. “He’s going to see Dr. ElAttrache tomorrow, who should do some type of testing. I don’t know if he’s going to do an MRI or not, but I know he’s going to see the doctor tomorrow.”
Outfielder Carl Crawford, on the DL with a sprained left ankle, has started a running program and has been hitting in the batting cage, while left-hander Scott Elbert reported no problems from a rehab outing with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
“He came out good,” Mattingly said. “I think he’ll do another inning tomorrow.”