Marty DiBergi: Now, during the Flower People period, who was your drummer?
David St. Hubbins: Stumpy’s replacement, Peter James Bond. He also died in mysterious circumstances. We were playing a, uh…
Nigel Tufnel: …Festival.
Nigel Tufnel: And, uh, it was tragic, really. He exploded on stage.
Derek Smalls: Just like that.
David St. Hubbins: He just went up.
Nigel Tufnel: He just was like a flash of green light… And that was it. Nothing was left.
David St. Hubbins: Look at his face.
Nigel Tufnel: Well, there was…
David St. Hubbins: It’s true, this really did happen.
Nigel Tufnel: It’s true. There was a little green globule on his drum seat.
David St. Hubbins: Like a stain, really.
Nigel Tufnel: It was more of a stain than a globule, actually.
David St. Hubbins: You know, several, you know, dozens of people spontaneously combust each year. It’s just not really widely reported.
Great – all we need now is for Tony Abreu to die in a bizarre gardening accident. Anyway, remember all those times recently we’ve discussed the cursed third base situation here? Well, don’t expect it to end any time soon, because now the wrist Nomar took a pitch off of has been revealed to have “a microfracture”, which means either:
the Los Angeles Dodgers’ third baseman might not be ready for opening day. (Foxsports.com)
Nomar could swing bat by weekend (Ken Gurnick, MLB.com)
Well then. I’m glad we’re all in agreement here. Oh, what’s that Gurnick adds?
The location of Garciaparra’s microfracture is on top and the opposite side of the wrist from where it was struck by a Kyle McClellan fastball, which makes this injury hauntingly similar in location to that suffered by former Dodgers outfielder Jayson Werth in Spring Training 2005.
Oh good. We all remember how quickly Werth bounced back from that, and it’s not like Nomar has a fragile reputation or anything – or a prior history of wrist injuries. Or is coming off an awful season even before getting hit by this pitch.
I think it’s pretty obvious that even if Nomar is ready for Opening Day, he simply cannot be counted on for full-time duty. But Tony Abreu’s only made it into 3 games this spring, so he can’t be counted on either. Let’s bounce around the blogosphere, starting with new it-boy Blake DeWitt, the talk of camp with his .571 SLG this spring. DodgerThoughts:
Blake DeWitt has also been mentioned by some, but considering how recently the guy was in A ball, it just strikes me as too huge a leap for him to make. Consider that the Dodgers are hesitant to do the same thing with Clayton Kershaw, then ask yourself whether it makes sense to throw DeWitt to the major-league wolves at this stage.
I’m not really worried about the Kershaw comparison, because it’s such a different situation – the Dodgers have a few decent 5th starter options, and are getting absolutely desperate at third base. But on the whole, I tend to agree that DeWitt’s not ready for the bigs, and so does ESPN.com’s Rob Neyer:
DeWitt’s just not ready. He spent most of last season in the Class A California League before moving up to Double-A. Also, he wasn’t great at either level, and in 128 games he drew 27 walks and struck out 88 strikeouts. The major league wolves would eat him alive.
Speaking of Neyer, what’s his idea?
Not Hu, though. He may be a shortstop — and by all accounts a good one — but last year he hit like a third baseman, posting .500-plus slugging percentages in both Double- and Triple-A. If Rafael Furcal wasn’t earning $13 million this season, Hu would be in line right now for the everyday shortstop job. Instead he’ll have to wait until next year. In the meantime, though? He should play third base until LaRoche is ready. And shortstop once every week or two. And second base when Jeff Kent’s hammy aches like it’s 40 (which it is). Hu is 24, he’s already played well in Triple-A, and he might as well serve his apprenticeship this year in the majors.
This isn’t exactly a terrible idea. I think my main reluctance towards it is just a general malaise at seeing this team continually having to play out-of-position stopgaps at 3B. The point about him being able to play 2B is a good one though, as Kent is still down.
There’s also outside the organization. Andrew at True Blue LA agrees with my posting of last week that Royals IF Esteban German isn’t a bad option if reasonably priced. I can’t possibly reiterate my complete disgust to Brandon Inge any further (short version: can’t hit! expensive! three year deal! Tigers want bullpen help!). Fortunately for all of us, today’s Detroit Free Press acknowledges that Inge is most likely off the Dodgers’ radar screen.
Joe Crede’s far more palatable with just one year on his deal, but he’s still coming off a major back injury, hasn’t hit much in spring training, and can’t play any other positions.
Seems to me, the best options, in order of preference, are:
1) Trade for Joe Crede (if we can send Pierre to Chicago!)
2) Play Chin-Lung Hu and/or Tony Abreu, if he’s available.
3) Trade for Esteban German
4) Trade for Joe Crede (without sending Pierre to Chicago)
I can’t even bring myself to put Inge on the list at all, and DeWitt is far too unlikely.
Perhaps the most viable option is putting all the team’s resources into that DeLorean, so we can go back in time two weeks and encase Andy LaRoche in frozen carbonite until Opening Day?