Rockies @ Dodgers May 11, 2012: Don’t Expect to See Juan Rivera Any Time Soon

According to Dylan Hernandez, Don Mattingly claims that Juan Rivera‘s hamstring is “ruptured”, and his stay on the disabled list could be a long one. I’d say that I’m disappointed by the potential long-term loss of the team’s starting left fielder, but then again, he’s been awful this year and I was never in favor of giving $4.5m to a guy who was DFA’d last year in the first place.

Moving on, I know it’s 2012 and this sort of thing shouldn’t surprise us any more, and I also know that the likelihood of Jerry Hairston going on the disabled list today was something like 97%, but it still entertains me when athletes break their own news on Twitter, as Justin Sellers seemingly did when he tweeted “It feels great to be back in LA!!” earlier this afternoon.

It’s about time, too. Hairston hasn’t played since he hurt himself on a wet field last Sunday in Chicago, and the Dodgers have been playing a man down ever since. I said at the time that with the other injury concerns the Dodgers were dealing with, he probably should have been placed on the disabled list immediately, a problem that became more obvious when pitcher Chris Capuano needed to be used as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday.

Anyway, with Sellers and Scott Van Slyke up, the roster is once again whole, though Van Slyke is disappointingly not in the lineup against ageless lefty Jamie Moyer. You need only spend about two minutes on Twitter to get hit with a whole slew of “he’s so old, that…” facts – my favorite probably being that he not only played against Don Mattingly, Tim Wallach, Dave Hansen, Rick Honeycutt & Davey Lopes from the coaching staff, but also the fathers of current Dodgers Van Slyke, Dee Gordon, Tony Gwynn & Ivan De Jesus – but if I had to choose only one, it’d be the Dodger lineup he faced the very first time he pitched in Dodger Stadium, back on July 10, 1986:

Sax 2B / Russell RF / Landreaux LF / Cabell 1B / Hamilton 3B / Williams CF / Duncan SS / Fimple C / Hershiser P

Hey, you know what? That guy is old.

By the way, there’s been a bit of a game of dominoes going on with closers in the minor leagues, if that sort of thing interests you. Shawn Tolleson was moved up from Double-A Chattanooga to Triple-A Albuquerque yesterday, which is nice even if unsatisfying that it’s not all the way to Los Angeles. To fill his spot in Double-A, Quakes closer Logan Bawcom moved up, and to fill his spot in Rancho, Eric Eadington was plucked from the Loons.

Rockies
Dodgers
2B
Scutaro
SS
Gordon
3B
Pacheco
2B
M.Ellis
RF
Gonzalez
CF
Kemp
SS
Tulowitzki
RF
Ethier
1B
Helton
LF
Abreu
RF
Cuddyer
3B
Uribe
C
Hernandez
1B
Loney
CF
Fowler
C
Treanor
P
Moyer
P
Capuano

 

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