I Guess I Can Only Help One James At a Time

As none of you saw because you were at work, Chad Billingsley was great again, Jonathan Broxton blew it in the 9th (no one freak, it happens), and Russell Martin and Matt Kemp came up with big RBI doubles in the 10th for a big 5-3 win to take the series over the Phillies.

However, it wouldn’t be a Dodger day without another pitching roster move…

milton.jpgFrom SI.com:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Eric Milton is heading back to the big leagues after a nearly two-year absence.

The Los Angeles Dodgers purchased the contract of the veteran left-hander from Triple-A Albuquerque after their 5-3, 10-inning win over the Phillies on Thursday.

Milton will start Saturday against the Florida Marlins in place of Jeff Weaver. The Dodgers optioned right-hander James McDonald (1-1, 6.75 ERA) to their Pacific Coast League club.

First things first, listen closely because you don’t hear this too often around here: I’m perfectly okay with the old-and-busted veteran taking the place of a top young prospect. No way around it; McDonald’s been completely awful so far, mainly due to walking 16 in just 18.2 innings. So, let him go back to the minors and work himself out, because it’s clearly not working out for him in the bigs right now.

Yes, I was really high on him entering the season, and yes, I’m disappointed in how he’s performed. But I’m hardly giving up on him just yet – remember, we’ve been completely spoiled with how the other young guys like Martin, Loney, Billingsley, and the like all burst onto the scene with little difficulty. Despite what we’ve seen, it doesn’t always happen like that! So enjoy Albuquerque, James, and remember: if you don’t think that throwing strikes is important, just know that it’s the difference between a life in New Mexico and a life in Dodger Stadium.

No offense to the people in New Mexico, but that’s a pretty big incentive to me.

As far as having Milton bump Jeff Weaver out of the rotation… well, I thought Weaver had done an admirable job, allowing 4 earned runs total over 2 five-inning starts. Really, can you ask for any more than that from him? It’s not great, but not enough to lose his spot. That said, Milton’s been pretty good in AAA (2.83 ERA, 1.00 WHIP) so it’s not really a big enough deal to get all worked up about. Oddly enough, this now gives the Dodgers four left-handers in the rotation. It wasn’t all that long ago that we were watching a three- or four-year streak of never having a lefty start.

Besides, I’d like to think that regardless of whether it’s Milton or Weaver, they’re just holding the spot that Hiroki Kuroda is going to reclaim in the next few weeks… but there’s no way that Joe Torre’s going to stick with MSTI fave Eric Stults over a formerly famous veteran, right?