Giants @ Dodgers May 9, 2012: Welcome Aboard, Scott Van Slyke

Hey, remember the other day, when I joked about all of the hamstring injuries the Dodgers have been suffering, even going so far as to include the word “hamstrung” in the post title? Uh, yeah, about that: Juan Rivera has now been placed on the disabled list with a – you guessed it – sore left hamstring. I have absolutely no idea how it is that so many Dodgers have been struggling with the same injury, but the upshot here is this: hooray, no more Juan Rivera!

Rivera’s injury means we’ll get our first look at Scott Van Slyke, someone I’ve heard a lot of folks clamoring for. Van Slyke was hitting .336/.411/.623 at Albuquerque, though unlike most ABQ products, his home/road splits are not grotesque. I’m excited to see what he can do, though I would advise caution, since he’ll be 26 in July and in his eighth professional season, not exactly the hallmarks of a young superstar. Still, he has the potential to add some right-handed power, an area the Dodgers are sorely lacking in. He’s reportedly en route to the park and the Dodgers are “hopeful” he will arrive for the game; it’s particularly important since Jerry Hairston is headed for an MRI on his own sore hamstring. I’ll also be interested to see how Van Slyke is used, since he’s been mainly a corner outfielder in the minors, with 65 of his 79 career games at first base coming last year. He may need to learn on the fly, however, because with Rivera gone, you can’t have James Loney starting every single day.

Roster moves aside, there’s one other item of note: Adam Kennedy is not only starting today, he’s hitting second in the lineup. You’d think that a day in which Mark Ellis was sitting would be a great day to get A.J. Ellis moved up, right? This led to one of my favorite comments ever, from “ThtsaPaddlin”, clearly riffing on on Mattingly’s buntastrophes from last night:

For a guy who seems so concerned with getting guys in scoring position in front of Kemp and Ethier, he doesn’t seem that concerned with getting guys in scoring position in front of Kemp and Ethier.

Fantastic. I’m pretty sure that in a lineup that has not only Kennedy but also Loney & Juan Uribe, we might just see this happening tonight for the Dodgers (h/t Deadspin):

Giants
Dodgers
CF
Blanco
SS
Gordon
2B
Burriss
2B
Kennedy
RF
Cabrera
CF
Kemp
C
Posey
RF
Ethier
1B
Belt
LF
Abreu
RF
Schierholtz
3B
Uribe
3B
Arias
1B
Loney
SS
Crawford
C
A.Ellis
P
Lincecum
P
Billingsley

 

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