George W. Bush, president-for-life.
Shea Hillenbrand, Dodgers starting third baseman.
We’re through the looking glass here, people. Black is up. East is day. And good old Shea is playing every day.
In case you haven’t heard, yesterday’s befuddling move to send down Delwyn Young and recall Shea Hillenbrand makes a bit more sense now that Nomar’s been placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left calf, that according to the official Dodgers’ blog, has “been bothering him for a while”.
Now, much as I dislike Shea Hillenbrand on and off the field, it’s hard to complain that we’re stuck with him after a ridiculous run of injuries to Tony Abreu, Andy LaRoche, and Nomar has destroyed our third base depth.
But here’s what’s bothering me; the part of that quote that says “for a while”. What exactly does “a while” mean. Because if it’s 1 second earlier than the moment Wilson Betemit was traded on July 31, then I’ve got a serious bone to pick with Ned Colletti here. I’m on the record as saying I didn’t mind the trade at the time – though I did think Meat was worth more – because I thought we had a surplus at 3B and a dire need in the ‘pen. But if Nomar’s injury was a known quantity to the team at that point? Then trading Meat for Scott Proctor is bordering on negligence.
Meanwhile, Nomar continues to screw us. When we’re knee-deep in young, talented third basemen? Nomar stays healthy as can be, so he can continue to play, block them, and suck the life out of the offense. When we’re losing guys at the hot corner left and right? Now Nomar comes up lame.
- Mike Scioscia’s tragic illness