Cardinals @ Dodgers May 25, 2013: Oh Good, Ted Lilly’s Back

dodger_stadium_openingday2013It’s been nearly a month since we last saw Ted Lilly in a Dodger uniform, back to when he lasted only three miserable innings against Colorado in a game that we all hoped would mark the end of his Dodger career. We later found out that he was dealing with soreness in his rib cage as well as his neck & back — issues that were not disclosed to Don Mattingly before he took the mound — though I’m having a hard time thinking that his terrible outing was related entirely to that. So now he’s back in the rotation rather than Matt Magill because… well, I don’t really have a great answer to that. We can hold out hope that Lilly looks more like he did in his surprisingly decent debut against the Mets, but I’ve been done with him for more than a year at this point. Expectations, especially against one of the best teams in baseball, are low.

Cardinals
Dodgers
2B
Carpenter
3B
Punto
RF
Beltran
2B
M.Ellis
LF
Holliday
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Craig
CF
Kemp
C
Molina
RF
Ethier
3B
Freese
LF
Van Slyke
CF
Jay
C
A.Ellis
SS
Kozma
SS
Gordon
P
Gast
P
Lilly

Regardless of what Lilly does, there are roster moves coming, however, because there just about has to be. Jerry Hairston‘s Twitter feed indicates that he will see his Dodger teammates tomorrow, and while doesn’t necessarily guarantee he’ll be activated — it’s not like he couldn’t just pop in to say hi from Rancho — he doesn’t sound more than a few days away at the most. Scott Elbert shouldn’t be far behind him, and Hanley Ramirez could be seen in the first week of June.

Who goes to make room? Assuming Scott Van Slyke‘s impressive display so far has earned him some time — he’s starting for Carl Crawford today — then it’s difficult to see any other way to make room for Hairston & Ramirez than to finally be free of Luis Cruz & Dee Gordon. (Assuming no other injuries pop up first.) My guess is that it would be in that order, since Gordon isn’t likely to go until Ramirez is ready, and so we may finally be down to the last few days of the Cruz era. I know I’ve said that a few times before, but as the injured slowly return to health, there seem to be few other options than to cut loose a player that Don Mattingly clearly has no patience for. Hell, if Hairston really did mean he’d be coming back tomorrow, tonight might be actually the last day for Cruz in Los Angeles, and while that won’t save a season that is quickly circling the drain, it’ll be nice to get minor leaguers back to the minors where they belong.

That’s an issue for another time, however, because the Dodgers have lost five of seven and really, really need to figure out a way to solve St. Louis rookie lefty John Gast today. (With Joe Buck & Tim McCarver calling the action, which, uh, wonderful.). We all know that the Dodgers often have trouble with pitchers they haven’t seen before; then again, this year’s Dodgers seem to have trouble with all pitchers these days.

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
1072 comments
MSTI OG
MSTI OG

t(•_•t)

GFY

TED LILLY

Jobu
Jobu

Punto please, the Legend of Uribe Continues

Coffee Head
Coffee Head

First win this year we didn't expect?

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

League is moved up on the rubber towards 3rd base and wah lah his line is right again!!!1!

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

The Legend of Nick Punto grows...

KMT59
KMT59

Nice take a game we didn't expect...Love it!!!!

Morry
Morry

Great win against all odds

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

If League is fixed and Jansen is his normal self, the bullpen will give me so much less heartburn. 

JoeyE
JoeyE

League is looking good though. whoa

JoeyE
JoeyE

kershaw tomorrow is great, but i wish we werent facing shelby miller

JoeyE
JoeyE

ty wigginton is a cardinal? whoa

Dang88
Dang88

Whoa 97 mph and a nasty splitter so far

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

Whoa, League up to 97 with movement tonight. Please let him be fixed!

efb
efb

wow 97 mph!

MSTI>Dodgers Digest
MSTI>Dodgers Digest

Why didn't Punto go home on that great stop. The runner had held a bit on third, it was a force, and the throw much shorter?

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

*may not actually be fixed but today he is. 

Jobu
Jobu

My belly is FULL

LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)
LakerDodger24 (Kirby Pls)

@WBBsAs @LakerDodger24 Yes indeed, but this is by far the best he has looked this year. With Jansen, League, Paco, Howell and hopefully Elbert is back to normal, the bullpen will be pretty solid.