LOS ANGELES -- Third baseman Juan Uribe passed running and defensive tests on Monday, and manager Don Mattingly said he would be available off the bench in the series-opening game against Miami.
Uribe missed three starts after straining his right hamstring beating out a double-play grounder.
Mattingly said that the Dodgers have missed Uribe's glove and bat. A career .253 hitter, Uribe is batting .306 with four homers and 17 RBIs. Justin Turner, who is hitting .180, started at third base on Monday night.
"We don't feel like it'll be 15 [days]," Mattingly said of the decision not to put Uribe on the disabled list.
The Dodgers were reluctant to put Uribe on the DL because they have no Major League-ready prospect at the position. Rather, they have a pair of top shortstop prospects, Corey Seager and Erisbel Arruebarrena. Many scouts believe that Seager is better suited at third base, but the Dodgers have resisted making that move with the former first-round pick.
Ellis' recovery from surgery nearly complete
LOS ANGELES -- A.J. Ellis completed his two-game Minor League rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday night. He returns to Los Angeles on Tuesday and will be activated a day or two later, having recovered from surgery on his left knee.
The Dodgers are likely to keep Drew Butera as the backup to Ellis and return journeyman Miguel Olivo to Triple-A. Olivo signed a 45-day advance consent to an assignment when he was promoted last month.
The Orioles, who have lost Matt Wieters to an elbow injury that might require surgery, might be interested in Olivo, but the Dodgers are likely just as interested in keeping him for insurance while Tim Federowicz continues to get seasoning as the starting catcher for Albuquerque.
Ellis went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer on Monday night for the Isotopes. He has been on the disabled list since April 6, meaning that he will return five weeks after surgery. The original prognosis was four to six weeks.
In other injury news, pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu is expected to throw off a mound on Tuesday to test his healing right shoulder blade. A decision then will be made whether he will have another bullpen session, pitch batting practice or head out on a Minor League rehab assignment.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.