Manny to the DL, Ausmus Returns

From the official Dodgers Twitter:

#Dodgers place Manny Ramirez on the DL and reinstate Brad Ausmus from the DL

No surprise at all that Manny returns to the DL for the third time this year. It is somewhat of a surprise to see Ausmus back so soon; he appeared in just eight games in the minors, and only one of his four games with ABQ did he catch all nine innings. I suppose the fact that A.J. Ellis remains, meaning the team has three catchers, is a sign that they’re not 100% sure about Ausmus’ back (and Martin’s thumb, probably.)

I have to think that Ellis is going to go down in the next few days for another outfielder (probably Jamie Hoffmann or Jay Gibbons), but until then, you’re looking at a bench that features Jamey Carroll, Ronnie Belliard, Garret Anderson, Ausmus, and Ellis, and other than Carroll, that may just be the worst bench I’ve ever even imagined.

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Hey, thanks to everyone who said nice things in the comments of today’s earlier post, celebrating 1000 posts over three years. It’s only fun because you all bother to care.

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