Dodgers @ Cardinals July 25, 2012: Hanley!

Hey, so… anything happen today? No? Okay.

Hanley Ramirez makes his Dodger debut tonight in St. Louis, hitting fifth and playing third base while wearing #13. That uniform number is “for tonight only,” apparently, which makes me think that they looked at their spare Ivan De Jesus road jersey, laughed, and ripped the nameplate off the back to use tonight until Ramirez can pick a number that isn’t retired for Tommy Lasorda. (By the way, to this day I still catch myself saying that Clayton Kershaw is #54, just because that’s what he wore in his first start or two. Four years later, that still happens. Can’t wait for Hanley to be #13 for me for life.)

Dodgers
Cardinals
LF
Abreu
SS
Furcal
2B
M.Ellis
CF
Jay
CF
Kemp
LF
Holliday
RF
Ethier
RF
Beltran
3B
Ramirez
1B
Craig
1B
Loney
C
Molina
SS
Cruz
3B
Freese
C
A.Ellis
2B
Schumaker
P
Harang
P
Lohse

No major roster moves tonight, as Ramirez is taking Nathan Eovaldi‘s spot on the 40-man roster. I’m not sure why Randy Choate isn’t available since obviously Ramirez was able to make it in time, but for the moment he is not active, and so Adam Kennedy avoids the 15-day disabled list for now, though I would expect he is not available tonight. (Update: scratch that. Shawn Tolleson has been sent down, and Choate is activated.)

Ryan Dempster did end up pitching for the Cubs this afternoon, losing to the Pirates while throwing a dugout tantrum, so even if he does end up with the Dodgers it won’t be in time to start on Friday. Stephen Fife, on the 40-man roster and on regular rest, seems most likely to get that start, though some gaming of the 10-day option rule would be necessary to get him back on the roster, which is the only reason Allen Webster‘s name has even come up.

As much fun as it’s been to talk about Ramirez all day, the remaking of the Dodger roster seems far from over, as reports indicate that they want to add one more starter and another position player. Jim Bowden reports that the Dodgers may be discussing a “Josh Lindblom for Victorino” swap, but hopefully we’ve all learned by now how seriously to take those kind of rumors. Remember when Dempster was already a Brave? I think most of you agree that Victorino is very, very overrated, but then again, the Dodger left field group is atrocious and Lindblom is a pretty replaceable middle reliever…

Anyway, that’s a discussion for another time. Tonight, we get to see Hanley Ramirez wearing Dodger blue, and no matter how this trade ends up working out, that alone is more than exciting.

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