02/26/12 9:33 PM EST
Ethier gets backing of Dodgers manager
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
"He seems like himself, really," said Mattingly. "That's Dre. He always wants to do well. He's always angry. That's him, that's the way he plays on the field. Off the field, he's one of the easiest guys to get along with. He's a pleasant guy. Some guys play with an edge that they have to have to play. Then there's Rickey [Henderson]; he was happy-go-lucky, talking to people in the stands and tearing it up."
Mattingly said he hasn't been told that Ethier has any physical restrictions coming off minor knee surgery in September.
"The guys we know we'll play two days, then give them a day to work on things like find their timing [in camp]," he said.
Mattingly also said he wasn't particularly worried that Ethier would be distracted by his contract status as he heads into his free-agent season.
"I've seen guys put too much pressure on themselves, and if we see that, we'll talk about it," he said. "Some guys flourish knowing they've got something on the line."
Dodgers seeking 'B' game tuneup for Kershaw
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers are trying to arrange a "B" game for Clayton Kershaw on March 4 that would set up the Opening Day starter for his first official exhibition game March 9.
Manager Don Mattingly said they haven't been able to work out a schedule with the White Sox, who share the Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex with the Dodgers. They are looking to get Kershaw two innings, preferably against opposing hitters.
Kershaw made his second bullpen session Sunday after having his first one pushed back two days by mild back tightness.
"We'll check him the next day. I still don't think he's at 100 percent," said Mattingly. "Nobody's been turned loose and he's still holding back a little."
Kershaw seemed to work mostly on offspeed pitches Sunday, pitching along with fellow starters Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly and Aaron Harang.
In other injury updates, non-roster pitcher Shane Lindsay didn't make his bullpen session because of a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. Non-roster pitcher Ryan Tucker made his bullpen session despite a stiff neck.
Mattingly likes what he sees from Uribe
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With third baseman Juan Uribe headed to San Francisco for a Monday civil trial, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday he wasn't worried if Uribe missed a day or two of practice because "I thought he looked good" when he reported Friday.
And how did Mattingly think Uribe looked a year ago, prior to the worst season of his life?
"Yeah, he seemed good last year, too."
Uribe, whose first season as a Dodger ended with sports hernia surgery, said he worked out hard during the offseason, losing weight and gaining muscle. Mattingly said Uribe "carries his weight good."
Uribe must appear in court because he is being sued by a former landlord seeking damages for a kitchen fire in a condo Uribe rented while he played for the Giants.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.