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Juan Uribe placed on disabled list

NEW YORK -- Juan Uribe's right hamstring strain has sent him to the disabled list for at least the next 15 days.

What it won't do, at least not now, is send Hanley Ramirez to third base.

The Los Angeles Dodgers put Uribe on the DL Wednesday afternoon, and they replaced him on the roster with a shortstop, calling 24-year-old Erisbel Arruebarrena up from Double-A Chattanooga. But manager Don Mattingly said that he plans to use Justin Turner and Chone Figgins at third base, and to leave Ramirez at shortstop.

Turner was in the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the New York Mets.

Mattingly said the Dodgers chose Arruebarrena in part so he can play shortstop when Ramirez needs a day off. He wouldn't answer a question about whether Arruebarrena could also be used as a late-inning defensive replacement.

"Other than Hanley, we haven't had a true shortstop on the roster," Mattingly said. "We've got to be able to give Hanley his days."

Mattingly said that Ramirez has told the Dodgers he'll do whatever they ask, but he also said the organization is committed to not asking him to move around. While the Dodgers aren't certain that Uribe will return in the minimum 15 days, they also don't think this will be a long-term injury.

Arruebarrena, in his first year in the Dodger organization after signing out of Cuba, has only played shortstop in his time at Chattanooga. The Dodgers intend to also work him at second base, and could use him there to give Dee Gordon a day off.

The Dodgers would have had another option in the infield had Alex Guerrero not been seriously injured in a Tuesday fight with Triple-A Albuquerque teammate Miguel Olivo. Olivo has been accused of biting Guerrero's ear during the altercation, and Guerrero required surgery that sources say could have him out for as long as five weeks.

Dodger officials refused to say whether Guerrero would have been called up had he been healthy.

The Dodgers made another roster move Wednesday, optioning right-handed reliever Chris Withrow to Albuquerque in order to activate Hyun-Jin Ryu from the DL. Ryu started Wednesday night's game against the Mets.

Withrow has been effective out of the bullpen, but he was one of the few relievers in the bullpen with options remaining.

"It was a numbers game," Mattingly said. "We were in a little bit of a box. It wasn't easy."