Rockies @ Dodgers April 30, 2013: Hanley In, Crawford Out

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150Hanley Ramirez is back! For real this time. Yes, Ramirez is in the starting lineup for the first time in 2013, hitting fifth and playing shortstop. With Juan Uribe next to him at third base and both Luis Cruz & Justin Sellers on the bench, I believe this makes the ninth different SS/3B combo Don Mattingly has penciled in to his lineup this year. It’s the 26th game of the season. Baseball is wonderful — unless you’re Ted Lilly, with whom the Dodgers are reportedly unhappy after hiding his back soreness. Let’s consider this the 1,244,238th example of a player hiding injury and it ending poorly. But don’t worry, Ted. We’re unhappy with you too.

I do use the words “penciled in” on purpose, because the original lineup tonight had Andre Ethier on the bench, Carl Crawford leading off, and Jerry Hairston playing right field. Unfortunately, Crawford felt something in his right hamstring after batting practice, so he was scratched and the lineup shifted.

Rockies
Dodgers
CF
Fowler
LF
Hairston
2B
Rutledge
2B
Punto
LF
Gonzalez
CF
Kemp
RF
Cuddyer
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Pacheco
SS
Ramirez
3B
Arenado
RF
Ethier
C
Torrealba
C
A.Ellis
SS
Herrera
3B
Uribe
P
De la Rosa
P
Ryu

While Crawford’s concern isn’t expected to be serious, it does make for a constantly moving roster. I imagine Mattingly will do whatever he can to stay away from Crawford tonight, and Mark Ellis remains active yet probably unavailable. (Why no move has been made there yet is just beyond me.) But even if you did want to dip into the minors to add fan favorite Alex Castellanos, you couldn’t — he’s been placed on the seven day disabled list in Triple-A with inflammation in his right forearm.

So with all that being said, the bench tonight may be comprised of Ramon Hernandez, Sellers, Cruz, & Skip Schumaker. That’s right, even though it’s a Hyun-jin Ryu start, A.J. Ellis is behind the plate, so perhaps our assumptions of “personal catcher” were premature. That said, Ellis has had regular time off and Thursday is an off day, so it would be difficult to justify.

Schumaker may be available off the bench, but here’s to hoping we don’t see him on the mound tonight. One man we know we won’t see is Josh Wall, who was unsurprisingly optioned back to Albuquerque after throwing 62 pitches yesterday. Javy Guerra joins the team for the first time this season to take his place.

Finally, condolences go out to both Clayton Kershaw & Ned Colletti, who each lost a parent in the last few days. Kershaw is still expected to start in San Francisco on Friday.

Fri 10/11Sat 10/12Sun 10/13Mon 10/14Tues 10/15Wed 10/16Thurs 10/17
RR. Belisario9105
LJ.P. Howell152026
RK. Jansen51626
RC. Marmol26
RB. Wilson281411
RC. Withrow2544
RE. Volquez
1109 comments
Dang88
Dang88

Very nice decision to give Craw today off no need to test it

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

i wonder if there will come a day when the dodgers trot out their preferred starting nine. 

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

I would be fine with the Dodgers giving Crawford another day off tomorrow to give him extra time to rest the hamstring with an off day tomorrow.

JerryLuo
JerryLuo

is Ryu for real? Should I expect him to pitch like how he's pitched this month?

LouisPFreely
LouisPFreely

Osiris was one of the many names used by the late great Ol Dirty Bastard of the Wu Tang Clan.

*VND*
*VND*

@JerryLuo hard to tell. his velocity has suddenly crept up and his curveball is nothing like it was a month ago. maybe thats what happens when you are out of shape and refuse bullpen sessions. i was totally misled by his preseason arsenal and 10 hit game vs Giants.

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@DBrimOsiris (pron.: /ˈsaɪərɨs/; Ancient Greek: Ὄσιρις, also Usiris; the Egyptian language name is variously transliterated Asar, Asari, Aser, Ausar, Ausir, Wesir, Usir, Usire or Ausare) was an Egyptian god, usually identified as the god of the afterlife, the underworld and the dead. He was classically depicted as a green-skinned man with a pharaoh's beard, partially mummy-wrapped at the legs, wearing a distinctive crown with two large ostrich feathers at either side, and holding a symbolic crook and flail.

*VND*
*VND*

honestly a month ago he was not the same pitcher he is now. that curve is wicked nice

*VND*
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@JerryLuo Lets just say the Chinese and Vietnamese arent happy neighbors

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@Cold Pumpkin sigh. there is a stereotype of Korean men coming to Vietnam to marry young women. My parents would not like for me to marry Korean lol. sigh...

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@Cold Pumpkin well that would be your opinion vs mine. and based on his 10 hit Giants debute, i would venture to guess i am on the more true side

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@Cold Pumpkin no. i just dont follow basketball anymore. the sport has lost any intellect and is run by the athletes rather than the coaches. the sport disgusts me

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@Cold Pumpkin His slider had no depth and his curve had no bite. he had little power and less stamina

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@Cold Pumpkin mind is not really changed insomuch as i am surprised by his turnaround. Good Goodness was his stuff bad when he first came here to the US

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@LA_Woman "by the way Ryu trains" lol. euphemism maybe? lol. thats just an odd phrase no?

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@LA_Woman totally missed this! but yes. I admit that I was really misled by the man that i saw in spring training and esp vs. Giants. wow does his stuff look so much better now.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@unhelpful comments (VND) This is what Chan Ho Park said would happen. A couple weeks ago, he said just wait.... the way Ryu trains, he's going to *really* be good in a month. My reservation is: how well will he do when teams see him again after they know him better? In spring training he actually did better the second time around.