- Tony Jackson, ESPNLosAngeles.com
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CHICAGO -- Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Juan Uribe left Friday night's game against the Chicago White Sox in the seventh inning with a strained hip flexor, further depleting the team's already-struggling offense. Uribe, who started at second base, suffered the injury going onto the outfield grass to field a looping line drive off the bat of White Sox center fielder Alex Rios to end the third inning.
Uribe played three more innings in the field before replaced in the bottom of the seventh by Juan Castro. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said after the 6-4, 10-inning win that there was no immediate prognosis and that Uribe will be re-examined on Saturday.
"I'm not sure how he is," Mattingly said. "Obviously, he couldn't keep going. It looked like a lower-ab type of thing. I guess we'll find out, really, tomorrow what is going on. ... Anytime somebody basically says they can't go anymore, that is usually not an indication he is going to be ready tomorrow. But it doesn't look like a six-week thing."
Uribe, whom the Dodgers signed last winter to a three-year, $21 million contract, is hitting just .220 with three homers and 20 RBIs. He potentially could become the third member of the Dodgers' projected starting infield to go down, along with shortstop Rafael Furcal (broken left thumb) and third baseman Casey Blake (staph infection). Furcal and Blake are tentatively on track to return sometime in the next week.
Before the game, Uribe and Dodgers pitcher Jon Garland were recognized with a video tribute on the scoreboard. Both played for the White Sox and helped the team win the 2005 World Series.
Uribe was scheduled for an MRI Saturday afternoon.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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