The Dodgers Say Goodbye to Camelback Ranch… and Yasiel Puig & Dee Gordon, Too

So those questions we had about the Dodgers earlier this afternoon? We’re starting to get some answers already.

Where to start? Mercifully, Yasiel Puig has been shipped off to Double-A Chattanooga. Argue all you like about whether .526/.508/.842 should have been enough to keep him in the bigs — you know my thoughts on the subject — but it was time to end the uncertainty. Tonight is the last home game for the Dodgers in Arizona, and decisions need to be made. From this perspective, this is the correct call for all the reasons we’ve been over so many times. With Carl Crawford on track to be ready for the season (he’s again leading off in left field tonight), the only right answer was to let Puig play every day in the minors. If that delays his free agency, all the better.

Rockies
Dodgers
CF
Young
LF
Crawford
2B
Brignac
2B
M.Ellis
LF
Gonzalez
CF
Kemp
1B
Cuddyer
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Colvin
RF
Ethier
3B
Arenado
SS
Cruz
C
Hernandez
3B
Uribe
SS
Herrera
C
A.Ellis
P
Garland
P
Harang

Speaking of uncertainty, not that there really was any, Dee Gordon was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque at the same time. There were those who thought that Gordon might get a shot at shortstop after Hanley Ramirez was injured, but it never really seemed likely; after all, opening or not, Gordon still has much to prove. More, perhaps, than even Luis Cruz does. He’ll head to the Isotopes and play every day at shortstop, surrounded by massive uncertainty in the rest of the Triple-A infield.

Finally, we know now a bit more about the starting rotation. Chad Billingsley will miss his first start because of the bruised finger he’s been fighting for the last week, and that lines up Hyun-Jin Ryu & Josh Beckett to follow Clayton Kershaw in the opening series against the Giants. After an off-day on April 4, Zack Greinke is expected to make his debut in the opener of the Pirates series on April 5.

It’s not yet been announced, but because Billingsley is pitching in a minor league game later this week and not for the big club, it’s almost certain that he’ll begin the year on the disabled list. Because it can be backdated, he may only miss the one start rather than a full two weeks of April; either way, that will buy Ned Colletti at least a few days longer to deal with his starting pitching surplus.

Tonight’s game against Colorado and ex-Dodger Jon Garland, again the final at Camelback Ranch of the spring, is available both on KCAL and as MLB.tv’s free game of the day.

860 comments
EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Holy crap! Matty only hit 5 HRs between April and Sept last year?!?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Oh God. Bobby Abreu saw a lot of at bats last season. 

funkyjam
funkyjam

Does anyone know where I can get a blown up picture of Clayton Kershaw that evokes  Luke Skywalker in the original movie posters?

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

The current likes received tally for VND's below comment decrying the number of likes she received:

ThtsaPaddlin: 10

Eephus: 7

JohnM: 3

da purple drink: 2

VND: 1 (pity like)

Pie Fucker
Pie Fucker

Good news- I started a 2nd twitter account so I can start trolling all of the people that have blocked me again...

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Everyone stole all my likes. This is a socialism

The Monocle
The Monocle

I'm not from Brooklyn so I can't dig on the throwback Brooklyn hats or jerseys. Just like the Lakers Minnesota shit. :throws LA hand sign:

funkyjam
funkyjam

Sorry guys I just wanted a discussion. I think its a great idea. People iv talked to think its a good idea. Is it that your afraid the giants will make fun of us if it does happen?

funkyjam
funkyjam

to be more specific, he has to be wearing a home uni.

Pie Fucker
Pie Fucker

@The Monocle i feel you but the name dodgers transcends that shit to an extent.   very proud of brooklyn heritage/ the boys of summer but it's LA all the way

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@ThtsaPaddlin Wow where did u get this? Thanks for posting it! I hadn't seen this before

Pie Fucker
Pie Fucker

@funkyjam you know when you're trying to woo a babe?  you can't force it; you just have to let it happen organically...nurture it and watch it grow.   go out there and do and people will follow if it was meant to be, imho...

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@funkyjam tried it before and it dies very quickly. People hate the phrase too much

funkyjam
funkyjam

i cant seem to find a real good shot. Hopefully Kershaw and the boys get to wear the home unis an john soohoo takes a good shot.

Pie Fucker
Pie Fucker

@funkyjam have you tried the internet?

funkyjam
funkyjam

@V.P., Keith Law Fan Club great opinion. I was going to do it. I don't have tickets though see. This is the next best thing. you literally pain your face with a Brooklyn Dodgers "B" and an LA logo and you can judge the consensus based on how many people come to the stadium that way. its perfect.

funkyjam
funkyjam

@PWEEEEG im just saying opening day top of the 9th when the Dodgers have the lead! It would be a great story. Of course people hate the phrase too much. I hate it so much. It wont get any nicer if we just sit back and let 2 out of 3 years taunt us like that. We have the power to neutralize it. knock the wind out of their sails before they reach harbor.

funkyjam
funkyjam

@V.P., Keith Law Fan Club iv been trying it for the last three weeks. Kershaw only gets so many starts. it has to be the right uni and right light. Maybe i can mess with the light but thats hard

funkyjam
funkyjam

@V.P., Keith Law Fan Club @capnsparrow ok I understand now. Sorry im just a loser who though if this thing panned out, it could build my confidence to go do other things. You probable wonder where I got such an idea. Its probably just the way I live my life at the moment. Thts just the way it is, but your right. 

funkyjam
funkyjam

@capnsparrow@V.P., Keith Law Fan Clubrespect. I still like my idea though. Just imagine. A dodger stadium full of dodger fans chanting beat LA..would you want to be there? would you care, does it change you? The way I look at it, If that happened on april 1st, the giants 2 wins in 3 years will have been meaningless because we took the one thing dear to them, the one thing they always turn to and turned it into something dear to us. I'm sorry but it got to me. I don want it to be about hate. but that's the thing I see in the phrase. It can be used in an encouraging way, and bad way, or a sarcastic way. it can go on and on. any time someone shouts out a name, followed by sucks, its so lame its terrible. My idea could work. sorry im rambling. please dont get mad at me.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@funkyjam @PWEEEEG then i dont know you.

Pie Fucker
Pie Fucker

@funkyjam @V.P., Keith Law Fan Club IT'S STARTING TO SOUND LIKE YOU'RE QUESTIONING MY FANHOOD, LIKE YOU'RE A BIGGER BADDER BETTER DODGER FAN THAN ME.  AND I RESENT THAT, VEHEMENTLY 

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@funkyjam @V.P., Keith Law Fan Club There is nothing wrong with thinking. That's where ideas are born. Throughout history there have been both good ideas and bad ideas. The absence of new ideas is what leads to lethargy.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@capnsparrow @PWEEEEG nah. Not Surcalose. Not yet. And the levels of saccharine they were dosing rats with to show its carcinogenic effects were megadoses. If you ate the equivalent amount you would choke on that much.

funkyjam
funkyjam

@V.P., Keith Law Fan Club I appreciate that. I just think i have a great idea. Maybe it could be the fact that i don't have a life outside of dodger baseball that it magnifies. Maybe you all have families or responsibilities and think like this are too big and distracting or something. I wanted to take a frown and bring it upside down. The dodgers have been through so much i only want it to get better. I want to really give it to those giants. I want to give players a reason to play on this team. Im sorry, the ideas so big i go all over the place.

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@PWEEEEG chemical sweeteners have been known to cause cancer in mice. Sugar just gives ya diabeetus!

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Light brown and Splenda

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

@funkyjam do you put chili garlic paste in your noodle soups?

Pie Fucker
Pie Fucker

@funkyjam @V.P., Keith Law Fan Club b/c you don't validate them by responding.  you are above that.  the fact that they chant it validates everything you do in the first place.  do not drop to their level.  you are better than that.

funkyjam
funkyjam

@V.P., Keith Law Fan Club but im not lowering myself. Listen I know I don't know any of you and honestly I don't know anyone else in the other dodger blogs either but i follow and I listen and I chat with you guys because I love the Dodgers? Yes I should be out there on opening day but im not sorry. Still this is the best time. This is how the world is built upon. Ideas. Its a great idea and its a good idea, and you think its not because well.. why don't you think its a good idea?

Pie Fucker
Pie Fucker

@funkyjam @V.P., Keith Law Fan Club 

it's gotta believe it's a terrible idea and if 1 person does it then i'd be surprised.  

i love hearing that chant and lowering yourself to respond to it is the worst thing you can do...

funkyjam
funkyjam

@V.P., Keith Law Fan Club @PWEEEEG  so its a good idea but I'm not there even so its invalid, even though I laid out the plan perfectly and clearly? Its opening day for the 2013 Dodgers. You think anyone attending the game that day has this idea? no Noone but me and the dodgers possibly.

Pie Fucker
Pie Fucker

@funkyjam @PWEEEEG but you're not even going to be there?  that is inadequate leadership if you're finna start a revolution, my good bro