We’ve all been theorizing for some time now that the Dodgers would do their best to circumvent the “you can’t recall a player you optioned to the minors for 10 days rule” by inventing some sort of injury to a poorly-performing pitcher, in order to recall John Ely to start in Arizona on Tuesday. There’s really no other way around it; it’s the only viable option.
Well, now it’s left the domain of bloggy conspiracy theories, as USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale has somewhat confirmed it:
The Dodgers have quietly decided to start John Ely, who was sent to the minors last week, on Tuesday against the D-backs.
Of course, Nightengale makes no mention of the corresponding roster move. Remember, though, you can break the “10 day” rule only in case of an injury, not because a roster spot opens up due to someone getting cut, optioned, or traded. So while you can speculate on who that’s going to be… we all know it’ll be Charlie Haeger, who miraculously came down with a “bruised heel” after getting precisely zero outs against the Rockies on Saturday. What fortuitous timing!
Seriously, I have to wonder. Even though it was obviously the right move for the Dodgers to do whatever they could to get Ely back up, how much more glaring does the rule-bending need to be before MLB notices?
*Dr. Nick joke brought to you by commenter EephusBlue, whose noble spirit has embiggened this blog.