D’Backs @ Dodgers, May 6, 2013: The Stupid, It Burns

dodger_stadium_openingday2013And on the 10th day… he rested.

Well, maybe that’s not entirely accurate, because all Mark Ellis has been doing lately is resting. But finally, on the 10th day after originally hurting himself back on April 26th, he’s been placed on the disabled list to make room for the return of Chris Capuano. I can’t overemphasize this enough — Ellis sat, eating up a roster spot, for a week-and-a-half, and while that’s a poor choice in the best of circumstances, it’s unforgiveable when the bullpen is being overworked and Carl Crawford & Adrian Gonzalez are sitting out for games at a time with their own woes. He could actually return on Sunday, believe it or not.

Diamondbacks
Dodgers
CF
Pollock
LF
Crawford
SS
Gregorius
2B
Punto
1B
Goldschmidt
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Ross
CF
Kemp
C
Montero
RF
Ethier
3B
Prado
C
A.Ellis
LF
Parra
3B
Uribe
2B
Wilson
SS
Gordon
P
Cahill
P
Capuano

But wait! There’s more! I hesitated for as long as I could before publishing this because I saw that Adrian Gonzalez was in the lineup, and we’ve seen him be a late scratch for three days in a row due to his neck injury.

Well, he’s playing tonight, but don’t get too excited, because — per Dylan Hernandez — Gonzalez plans to play through the pain of his mild strain, skipping batting practice so he doesn’t aggravate it. He’s actually actively saying he hopes he doesn’t have to dive for a ball. A ballplayer pushing through pain? Such a thing has never ended poorly, ever.

If you thought that was it, you just wait: it gets dumber! Jerry Hairston tested his strained groin muscle during batting practice and came off limping. Don Mattingly said that if Hairston had to go to the disabled list, the club would recall an outfielder who could play either corner. That won’t be Alex Castellanos, who is still injured, but it could be Scott Van Slyke or Elian Herrera or Alfredo Amezaga. It’s probably going to be Herrera, since he’s the only one of the trio who is on the 40-man roster — as though that even matters, which is even more silly, because you just can’t collect enough light-hitting utility players! — and Van Slyke has been strictly a first baseman this year, but the specifics of who don’t even really matter too much at the moment.

Why? Because we shouldn’t have to be guessing at who it will be. It’s not like Hairston suddenly came up lame during batting practice. He’s been nursing this injury for days. Is there really a reason that Herrera or whomever couldn’t have been on a flight to Los Angeles last night or this morning to be on stand-by? If Hairston was good to go, then all you’ve lost is a round trip plane ticket and the Isotopes being down a man for today.

But no: no one is ready to step in. That means that once again, Mattingly is forced to play with a short roster. Not only that, but his primary first baseman is hurting, his backup first baseman is unavailable and probably headed to the disabled list, and his emergency first basemen are Juan Uribe & Luis Cruz. Crush him for his silly bunting choices all you want, but never forget these circumstances.

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Why, you may ask, did I not include Yasiel Puig in the list of possible outfielders? Well, here he is showing up the batting practice pitcher with a massive bat flip:

I’ll admit that the the lizard brain part of me looks at this and says, “heh, awesome.” But back in reality, this is the kind of thing that drives organizations crazy. You can say that if he can hit it shouldn’t matter, but in addition to the on-field evidence that says he needs additional seasoning before being ready to step in, we now have multiple incidents of this plus an arrest for going 97 miles per hour. Maturity counts as much or more than batting average does. He’s just not ready.

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
1164 comments
kore
kore

Pay more money, get less victory.Stupid Dodgers!

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

On a sad day can we talk about how good Crawford has been? At this point it is even BABIP fueled just .001 ahead of his career. At this pace he is going to have been worth a good 1/3 of his remaining contract in year one. Yes I know *brace for hamstring strain announcemen

Dang88
Dang88

Dem standings! Nowhere to go but up

Sean Shull
Sean Shull

It's pretty sad when you're looking forward to a freaking MARINERS game with ex dodgers starter Harang starting, but hey, it looks a bit more optimistic than dodgers right now.

FreeDK
FreeDK

Wow srsly bro? They say Harper was supposed to be a clown but all he's done is hit, a BP pitcher isn't even trying, it's BP!

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Sad thing is... watching that clip of Puig, I'm actually wondering if a little arrogant swagger is exactly what this team needs right now.  No signs when we REALLY get Kemp back, and Ethier seems lost too now that he's not motivated by a contract.  Gonzo no longer a power hitter, according to him, means Crawford is now our best player.  Sad that it's come to this in just a few weeks.

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

Okay so I think it is a little early to start calling for the GMs head and while it would be nice to just say the medical staff is to blame for all of our problems I think there was maybe even one injury this year the Hanley leg injury that was "preventable" and there really is no way of knowing if it was. I see no reason to not give Ned till the end of the year to see how this turns out.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

watchin' the Giro and a guy named Marco Marcato just went away in a break, and i hope he gets caught cus is name is too close to you know who. 

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

I have written 5 posts on my feelings about this team and erased them all. I give up.

JessePool
JessePool

I remember when the boston trade was made last season and everyone was excited (including myself) there was talking of Collshitty getting an extension, did this ever happen?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I *think* Van Slyke still has options but he had to go through waivers last year because we removed him from the 40 man. Can somebody confirm that he has options left? I can't find that info anywhere.

Moms a nice lady
Moms a nice lady

I blame the mere presence of Cruz.(and Ned) Btw purple drank you lied to me. You said Friday and he still exists. Screams!!!!

*VND*
*VND*

unless we become agressive, we will just be left asking what happened.

o0b00tz0o
o0b00tz0o

I want Federowicz on the Dodgers

Weston Taylor
Weston Taylor

So at what point can we start calling for a complete overhaul of the medical staff (in addition to our GM, left side of infield, bad luck, and starting pitchers not named Kershaw or Ryu)? I feel like now seems appropriate.

HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)
HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)

i feel sick. not sure if it was the amount of alcohol consumed before the game, the wetzels pretzel dog during the game or the fact that i lost my voice watching the dodgers lose in front of me.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Mike Petriello 

Thanks for just writing about A.J., who deserves all the kudos.  We're all depressed enough at this point.  I'll just say this....it's not just the 5 games under .500 in the cellar thing.....more importantly, how do we reverse the momentum at this point?

moneynow27
moneynow27

@HANLEY!!!!!!!!!!! 

I'll give him a pass on last night's D.  I think he really needs to hit 2-5 in the order, preferably 4th ahead of Ethier and Kemp.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Harper was also a generational talent. If not for Trout, he'd be the best young player in 20 years or more. Puig is not that.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@BlueMarvin 

That's not said, it's realistic.  I agree that we need some arrogance, among other things.  The reality is this team isn't going anywhere unless Kemp and Ethier provide consistent run production, and Kemp is hitting about .170 with RISP and Ethier the same.  I still think the lineup has to be shaken up and moved around.  Yes it's the same players, but they have to change something.  

Management of this franchise is just awful.  I don't know exactly what role Kasten is playing right now other than renovating the stadium, but Colletti is just a total disaster.

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

@BlueMarvin 1. Kershaw is our best player hands down. 2. Swagger is fine in small doses, just do not know if that swagger will cause other issues. 3. Also I don't think Ethier issues are contract related

FreeDK
FreeDK

@HANLEY!!!!!!!!!!! Of course you don't fire um during the season, but i would love it if he was canned right after and then Donnie actually gets an extension lol

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Sounds about right.

Moms a nice lady
Moms a nice lady

In true blue comments they said he had two options remaining. That was a couple days ago and can't find the commentor. Maybe Eric

*VND*
*VND*

everything we do is passive. 

waiting for things to happen.

it wont happen unless we go for it.

FreeDK
FreeDK

@DBrim Puig just might get beaned when he does arrive

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@HANLEY!!!!!!!!!!! The truth is, Ethier is lost at the plate... and probably yeah, no more money motivations, he always seemed like a no-heart mercenary to me over the years.  Kemp is lost.  Hanley is out.  Gonzalez says he's not a power hitter now, what is he off PEDs now and looking for an excuse so blames his swing?  Which means, Crawford is our only productive high-priced bat.  Until we get Hanley back, we should consider benching Ethier, and dropping Kemp to 6 until he gets his power back.  Something like this: Punto, Ellis, Crawford, Puig, Gonzalez, Kemp, Uribe, Gordon.  Get some production in the middle, and for the love of gawd Donnie, stop rotating in utility players all over the place and DFA Cruz right away.  I understand the concern with Puig, but where's the "accountability" that ownership/mgmt was talking about?  This season is a complete disaster.

*VND*
*VND*

not either one of us... neither of us are very good at baseball. hopefully someone who can spell the left handed outfielders. especially since we are tapped out in terms of pitching

HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)
HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY)

@DeucesWild @HiiiiEVERYBODY (HiiiiEVERYBODY) Lodge. Seats we're empty so me and the friends moved to the front row of the lodge or what they call "vip" lodge. 

Some  guy gave us field tickets for free as we walked into the stadium. Security took em away. Jerks. I wasn't too pissed because he gave us 2 and there was 3 of us but still.. the security didn't need to be so uptight.