Brewers @ Dodgers May 28, 2012: Marcum Vs Harang

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Ted Lilly was officially placed on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation earlier this afternoon. Yet it wasn’t Nathan Eovaldi who came up to replace him, as previously thought; it was lefty Michael Antonini, who had been on the active roster for a few days in April without getting into a game.

Eovaldi is still expected to come up tomorrow to take Lilly’s start, so it’s very possible that Antonini is here just for today, around to convert Lilly’s otherwise-useless roster spot into an additional arm for the bullpen in the midst of nearly three weeks without a day off. While that’s the the most likely course of action, I’ll toss out this idea, too: with Matt Kemp coming back tomorrow and Juan Rivera just a few days after that, it’s not completely out of the question that they send back both Scott Van Slyke and Jerry Sands tomorrow, making room for Kemp & Eovaldi, and hanging on to Antonini as a 13th pitcher until Rivera does return. It’s not ideal, but it’s a possibility.

Speaking of Kemp, I think it’s safe to say that he’s ready. He hit his second homer in two days for the Isotopes today, but to merely say he “hit a homer” is underselling it; Christopher Jackson, writing on Twitter, noted that it left the yard “in less than a second.” Kemp doubled and singled in his next times up, giving him five hits in seven ABQ at-bats, and there was a part of me that wasn’t kidding at all when I asked if he could get to Dodger Stadium by game time tonight. It’s good to know, as the Dodgers kick off a four game set against Milwaukee, that the true and rightful 2011 NL MVP will be in the park for at least three of them.

Brewers
Dodgers
1B
Hart
CF
Gwynn
RF
Aoki
2B
Herrera
CF
Braun
LF
Abreu
3B
Ramirez
RF
Ethier
C
Kottaras
3B
Hairston
2B
Weeks
1B
Loney
SS
Ransom
C
Ellis
CF
Morgan
SS
Gordon
P
Marcum
P
Harang

 

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