D’Backs @ Dodgers June 10, 2013: What, Put an Injured Player on the DL?

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150The good news, as it often seems to these days, begins and ends with Yasiel Puig, who may or may not be on his way to being the best player of all time. The rookie capped off a fantastic first week in which he wowed everyone by winning the National League Player of the Week award. He’s the first Dodger rookie to do so since Andre Ethier in 2006, but for everyone who asked if it’s some kind of record for a player to win that award in his very first week in the bigs… Manny Machado did the same thing for Baltimore last season.

After a week’s worth of leading off Puig gets his first start at cleanup tonight against Wade Miley and the Diamondbacks. (Danny Knobler shares the sad history of young Dodger hitters hitting cleanup.) That’s fine, I suppose, because we were all sick of seeing him come up after the pitcher in every inning that wasn’t the first… but that’s about where the good news ends tonight.

D’Backs
Dodgers
CF
Pollock
SS
Punto
2B
Bloomquist
2B
M.Ellis
1B
Goldschmidt
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Ross
RF
Puig
C
Montero
LF
Hairston
3B
Prado
CF
Ethier
RF
Parra
3B
Uribe
SS
Pennington
C
Federowicz
P
Miley
P
Kershaw

Adrian Gonzalez & Puig hit third and fourth, which isn’t unexpected, but unfortunately Don Mattingly has so few options at his disposal that he has to have Nick Punto & Mark Ellis hitting ahead of them, and as awful as that is — the duo has six hits in 49 June plate appearances — I’m also looking at the rest of the lineup and honestly wondering what I would do differently. At least Luis Cruz isn’t playing, I guess?

Also not playing: Hanley Ramirez, and your guess is as good as mine on this one. Bill Shaikin reports that Ramirez will not go on the disabled list and hopes to play in a few days, but he followed that up by quoting Mattingly saying, “This is not another 15 days. It may be 4 or 5.” Anyone remember how well that worked out for Ellis? We could be in for additional days of a wasted spot just for Ramirez to return to the disabled list, or worse, try once again to return too quickly and injure himself further.

This in-between business is just brutal — if he’s not healthy enough to play, which it seems clear that he isn’t, then just put the man on the disabled list already. (If not for the late-inning appearances, this would be day five of his absence, not day two.) You could hear Mattingly’s unhappiness at the situation coming out in his post-game comments yesterday, and while the Ramirez situation remains unsettled, the Dodgers did at least add another body to the bench by optioning Matt Magill back to Albuquerque and recalling infielder Justin Sellers.

Sellers hit .337/.376/.489 in 24 games (yay, Albuquerque!) since returning to the Isotopes on May 12, playing mostly shortstop until moving to second and third when Dee Gordon joined him there. That, I assume, is why he’s up instead of Gordon, though we briefly thought otherwise when Gordon was not in the Triple-A lineup last night. Sellers is the far superior defensive player, both in quality and versatility, so he or Elian Herrera seemed to be the best fit. But that’s the sad part, isn’t it? Because even though Sellers is the likely best choice here given the circumstances… you’re still in a situation where Justin Sellers is your best choice. That’s not good for anyone. (Mattingly, by the way, had no input into Sellers coming up. That’s either a daily fact of being a field manager or further evidence of a gap in communication, depending on your perspective.)

That’s all just for now, anyway, since this team’s roster exists on a day-by-day basis. It’s hardly a given that Ramirez or Ellis don’t end up on the disabled list tomorrow, and Ethier was originally questionable to even play tonight, thanks to a sore foot. It’s cool though, he’s just banged-up and playing center field against a lefty pitcher, so nothing bad could possibly come from that.

All of which overshadows the fact that the great Clayton Kershaw is on the mound tonight, while we won’t see exciting young Arizona shortstop Didi Gregorius, we will see the absolutely beastly Paul Goldschmidt and the pure evil of Gerardo Parra. And the otherwise inoffensive grit of Willie BloomquistCliff Pennington, I suppose.

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
2240 comments
Batted Bob
Batted Bob

I am pretty sure I want Puig in the leadoff spot. You can't get that guy enough at bats.

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

Kershaw is going to lead the NL in every pitching category except Wins and he will lose out on the Cy Young... What a fucking brutal year this has been so far.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Uribe's homerun was the most Uribe homerun possible.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

I slept it off, and I still want Don far, far away. I wonder how many fans share this opinion.

Kasten and crew had to hear the boos.

Iron Brian
Iron Brian

Seriously, can they release Brandon League? That would remove Donnie's temptation to ever use him again. Ever. 

moneynow27
moneynow27

I'm hoping the Punto leading off experiment is over.  Yes, we don't have Crawford, but Puig has to hit with RISP.  For me, Puig is our hope for the season right now.  I'd go with Ellis, then AGon 2nd, then Puig 3rd.....after that, who knows.

Dang88
Dang88

I wish Mattingly wouldn't have said he did it because of matchups that just gets me angry

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

Yep, still pissed. I think the reason that game upset me more than most is because I losing Kerhsaw starts. I expect to win every time he takes the mound. It feels like a greater blow to lose with your ace on the hill.

The Monocle
The Monocle

I fell asleep in the 8th. Did we win?

Lobo
Lobo

Morning after, still fucking pissed about last night.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@AnotherBrian 

If they didn't release Guerrier and his 3 year deal before now, I doubt they'll release League.

Lobo
Lobo

@moneynow27 What we need is Kemp, Crawford, Hanely, and AJ to come back healthy and have a lineup of Crawford, Kemp, Puig, Adrian, Hanley, and AJ.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Also because Don mismanaged that game so badly that a bottle of cough syrup would have been a better option

Lobo
Lobo

@It's Bob Yep.  And also the fact that we had men on third with no outs in both the 8th and 9th innings and failed to score both times.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I wish I fell asleep in the 8th.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Mike Petriello 

Mike, I think you and everyone will agree.  Tough season so far, but last night for me was the most disappointing loss of the season for many reasons.

PasadenaDodger
PasadenaDodger

They must. How could they not? But they're pros so it's probably somewhat tempered.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Probably. But if they showed it, they'd be throwing a teammate under the bus which would create a whole new set of problems.

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@DeucesWild i've done this before. I had to do it so that when I had my icons in a specific order and someone re-arranged them, i could move them back. 

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Lobo @moneynow27 

You're right Lobo, but the 15 days or so until these guys come back we must win games, otherwise we could be buried by the time everyone is healthy, and it won't matter.

Dang88
Dang88

Yeah League probably faced these guys 4 years ago

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@DBrim but he is awful. and costing wins in a more direct way than urbie was when he was awful for the past two years. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

@DBrim chilin in bed, waiting on wife to get ready. i didn't wake up not being a dodger fan. 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Why are you worried about Brandon League on your vacation?

Lobo
Lobo

@Disgruntled Goat  @DBrim Position players may be more valuable overall, but pitchers have a far bigger individual impact on games they pitch in.  Obviously we can't say that another reliever would have saved all the games League has blown, but we can be pretty damn certain he wouldn't have blown ALL of them.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@LA_Woman Haha who do you think helps him (and everyone else in the family) when he needs help? The genius son, of course. I'm patient, but have my fun every now and then