Yesterday, I asked if you’d prefer to see Trayvon Robinson or Jerry Sands if Marcus Thames had to go on the DL. I asked that more as a way to see which of the two fans wanted to see more rather than as an explicit “it’s definitely going to be one of these two guys” statement. Good thing, because as it turns out, it’s, it’s likely to be neither:
The Dodgers have three outfielders on their 40-man roster at Triple-A Albuquerque from which they can promote a replacement: Jerry Sands, Trayvon Robinson and Jamie Hoffmann. Of the three, only Hoffmann didn’t play Saturday, a possible indication that he would be Thames’ replacement. Hoffmann is the oldest and most experienced of the trio.
Sands apparently was still struggling with some of the mechanical bad habits that led to his demotion two weeks ago. The latest word on Robinson was that he was making continued progress, but management would prefer to keep him in the Minors through August, if possible.
“Jerry’s OK, and Trayvon’s been hot lately,” said Mattingly. “We feel [Trayvon's] starting to make strides and adjustments. We have to make sure we don’t bring guys too fast. We’ve had to bring guys faster than we’ve wanted to this year. We’ve talked about a number of guys [to promote]. I hate to say at this point.”
The roster issue would seem to indicate Hoffmann, who had four hitless plate appearances with the club earlier in the season. Hoffmann is known as a plus defender at all three positions, and he’s having a decent enough season in ABQ, though he’s trending in the wrong direction: his monthly OPS over the first three months has gone from 1.003 to .854 to .746.
However, Joe Block of KABC’s DodgerTalk reminds us that there’s another familiar name in the mix…
#Dodgers have 39 men counting toward 40-man roster. Could add a player to call up if Thames is DL’d.
That last part is important, because it wouldn’t require another player to be DFA’d. Hoffmann probably fits the roster better, since he’s a righty hitter (don’t forget, without Thames, the other two left field options are each lefty in Tony Gwynn and Trent Oeltjen) and a much better fielder, but he’s also been less than impressive at the plate in ABQ, while Gibbons does have that creamy veteran goodness. I imagine Ned Colletti would also like to finally get some value out of re-signing Gibbons in the winter, but having four lefty outfielders around Matt Kemp does seem like a pretty terrible idea. Thoughts?