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Casey Blake expected to begin season on the disabled list

Mar 21, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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Casey Blake went for an MRI exam on his injured back last week and the Dodgers said they expected him to miss minimal time, but today manager Don Mattingly indicated to Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that the veteran third baseman is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

Blake didn’t get many at-bats before the injury and only has 10 days left to see some game action now, although he hasn’t been cleared to return to the lineup yet anyway.

Juan Uribe is slated to start at second base after signing a three-year, $21 million deal this offseason, but he’ll likely slide over to third base until Blake returns and utility man Jamey Carroll will take his place at second base.

  1. dodger88 - Mar 21, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    I like Blake a lot but I would much prefer to see him in a utility role. Perhaps this is an opening to such a possibility.

  2. SmackSaw - Mar 21, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    Stick a fork in him. Ol’ Casey has lasted a lot longer than I thought.

  3. tribester - Mar 22, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Ah yes, the old swap a former Indian for a former Indian. No one ever expects that to work.

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