With Brandon League and Shane Victorino on flights to Los Angeles as I write this, the Dodgers need to open up a spot on their 25-man roster for one of them. Obviously, Josh Lindblom’s spot will be filled by either League or Victorino, but what about the other spot on the 25-man roster?
This isn’t simply a matter of sending someone (like Shawn Tolleson) back down to Triple-A to make room on the 25-man roster, as the Dodgers still need a spot on the 40-man roster for either League or Victorino (whichever one not taking Lindblom’s spot). Keep in mind that Hanley Ramirez took Todd Coffey’s 40-man roster spot went Todd was placed on the 60-day DL (and Scott Elbert’s spot on the 25-man roster when Scott was placed on the 15-day DL), and that none of the Minor Leaguers traded by the Dodgers were on the 40-man roster; so a corresponding move needs to be made – and soon.
The simplest solution, of course, would be for the Dodgers to DFA Juan Uribe, as this would open up a spot on both rosters; not to mention that it would rid the Dodgers of a useless Juan Uribe.
When I asked Don Mattingly if the Dodgers were still status quo with Uribe, he pretty much gave a non-answer “Well… kind of. With Hanley at third, (it) limits my opportunity to be able to pinch hit Juan and my chance of using him.” Now, I’m no mind reader, but this certainly sounds like Mattingly is (finally) acknowledging that there is simply no place for Uribe, regardless of how much money he is still owed.
What is also certain is that we will all know for sure within the next 24 hours.