Reds @ Dodgers July 3, 2012: Cueto vs Capuano

An interesting lineup tonight, if only because of how it came out. At approximately 3:30pm PT, the Dodgers and other sources put out a lineup which included Juan Uribe playing third base, something of a surprise since we all figured his ankle sprain would earn him a much-needed trip to the disabled list. Shortly after that, a revised lineup came out with Luis Cruz playing third base instead. No reason was given for the change, but X-rays on Uribe’s ankle came back negative, and he’s day-to-day – and aren’t we all?

Reds
Dodgers
SS
Cozart
SS
Gordon
CF
Stubbs
C
Ellis
1B
Votto
LF
Abreu
2B
Phillips
RF
Rivera
RF
Bruce
2B
Kennedy
LF
Ludwick
1B
Loney
3B
Frazier
3B
Cruz
C
Hanigan
CF
Gwynn
P
Cueto
P
Capuano

I have to be honest, I really, really don’t understand what the Dodgers are doing here. It was one thing to keep Andre Ethier on the bench while he recovers from his oblique injury, but now you have Uribe active but apparently unavailable, and that makes for an extremely inefficient roster. Not that there’s really anyone great in ABQ to recall – you’ve already got Cruz & Scott Van Slyke on the active roster, after all – but the whole thing just seems odd to me. Dylan Hernandez reports that Ethier “felt something” on a practice swing today and Eric Stephen says that he could be headed to the DL tomorrow, to which I say again, what exactly have we been waiting for? If Ethier does go, Mark Ellis would likely be activated a day early to take his place.

But wait, there’s more! Shawn Tolleson never even had a chance to get out of Los Angeles after being sent down for Cruz yesterday, but he’s already re-activated now that Todd Coffey is headed to the DL with an elbow injury described as “pretty significant.” (Jon Heyman went so far as to invoke the term “Tommy John surgery”, which, ugh.) Coffey’s 4.66 ERA looks poor, but he’d actually been very effective, going ten outings in a row – and 15 of 16 – without allowing an earned run before last night’s disaster, which clearly was related to his injury. It’s similar to what happened to him at the start of the year, where he allowed four earned runs in his first three outings while pitching on a bum knee.

Oh, and the Reds get Joey Votto back and pitch Johnny Cueto, second in the NL in ERA (I say that because the injured Brandon Beachy & Ryan Dempster will fall off the boards any day now) against a Dodger infield which features James Loney, Adam Kennedy, Dee Gordon, and Cruz. So there’s that.

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