The Day After: Now What?

mound_meeting_sanfran_2013-05-04Yesterday, it was Hanley Ramirez landing on the disabled list with Dee Gordon coming to replace him.

Now, Jerry Hairston might be injured and the bullpen was forced to pitch basically a full game last night after Matt Magill went only 1.1 and the game went into extras.

So as we wait all day for Hyun-jin Ryu to hopefully help the Dodgers avoid a sweep on Sunday Night Baseball, we’re left to ask: now what?

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

As you can see, the bullpen is in rough shape. J.P. Howell and Javy Guerra are probably unavailable after last night, and Ronald Belisario (four games in five days) shouldn’t be counted upon either.

Eric Stephen makes a compelling case to option Magill back to the minors since a Thursday off-day probably allows for him to be skipped, and I can’t disagree with him. But the options there are kind of thin, because Steve Ames has thrown in each of the last two days for Albuquerque; fellow 40-man reliever Chris Withrow has only thrown once in the last week, so he may be a better choice. Withrow has impressed with the Isotopes, but it remains to be seen if the organization feels he’s ready.

I might opt for Peter Moylan, who has been effective since a poor outing in his debut — 10/3 K/BB in 10.2 innings — since he has big league experience and only threw four pitches two days ago. As we’ve discussed, Chad Billingsley & Shawn Tolleson have yet to be moved to the 60-day disabled list, so the 40-man issue isn’t a problem.

Otherwise, we’re stuck with the same issues. Will Mark Ellis finally be disabled? (Probably not today, with Chris Capuano returning tomorrow.) Can Adrian Gonzalez start? Is Hairston available? We don’t know the answers to that yet, but we do know who isn’t on their way to San Francisco.

That’s a no on Scott Van Slyke, and the same for Elian Herrera. Tim Federowicz isn’t listed, but he’s been starting every day and this could of course just be a standard day off for a catcher.

My guess? I think the team would prefer not to do anything until tomorrow, when they disable Ellis for Capuano. But last night — the overworked bullpen, and possible injury to Hairston — may have forced their hand. Magill should probably not get too comfortable.

248 comments
Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

Hey, remember when we were wondering why we have so many utility infielders on the bench? Turns out, Ned has a crystal ball, but it only tells him about injuries. It's still unclear as to why he signs players he knows are going to get injured, though.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

So Uribe and Cruz are both in the lineup. YAY

Dang88
Dang88

Uribe playing 1b days Olney

PF Flyers
PF Flyers

How can you hold out team mexico's star on mexicos independence day! Sacralige i say

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

I really, really dislike Don. Cruz? Really? Wow

KMT59
KMT59

I just finished having the same problem that Adrian is going through. It took me 8 days to completely get over the symptoms but I'm a few years shy of being twice his age...so hopefully he'll be ready for tomorrow

Dang88
Dang88

Whoa Ryu with the 2.73 FIP

Lobo
Lobo

Looks like we'll be seeing either Uribe or Cruz at first tonight.

Dang88
Dang88

He will be dl'd on day 14

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

If you don't want to put Ellis on the DL, which is idiotic to have not done by now, that's fine. How about you just fucking DFA Cruz and put somebody useful

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Yeah, .095 hitter who has all but 3 innings at first base. Makes sense. Cruz should just do everybody a favor and retire.

KMT59
KMT59

@Lobo I think they would go with Uribe on 1st because of more time there

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

@A WHOLE NEW PURPLE (drank) curse that well-timed hot streak he had last year. dude has no business being deadweight this long. Nothing against him personally. He just shouldn't be in the show. 

Dang88
Dang88

Agreed, Dee throwing to Cruz makes me Cringe

Dang88
Dang88

Twitter bill shaikin

Dang88
Dang88

:( the government fails me again