Dodgers @ Pirates June 14, 2013: So Long, Ramon Hernandez

So what exactly does it take for a veteran player to get a DFA’d at a position of thin depth in the Ned Colletti era? Luis Cruz hasn’t found out yet, but Ramon Hernandez has — the 15-year veteran was sent packing today as the Dodgers activated A.J. Ellis and somewhat surprisingly retained Tim Federowicz. Not that you need a ton of reason to cut loose a 37-year-old with a line of .208/.291/.438, but his miscues in Wednesday’s extra-inning loss alone — failing multiple times to get a bunt down and botching a solid throw to the plate, allowing Cody Ross to score — seem to have sealed his fate.

I can’t argue with that, because Hernandez was pretty poor, but it does leave the Dodgers precariously thin at catcher. J.R. Towles played just four games for the Isotopes before getting hurt — he’s due to have thumb surgery soon — and so the Albuquerque backstop duo these days is Matt Wallach & Dashenko Ricardo. That’s… well, that’s pretty bad. All it takes is one poorly placed foul tip or another weak oblique for Wallach or someone like him to be in the big leagues, and that does honestly make me wonder a little bit about the timing of letting Hernandez go. (There remains the chance that Hernandez ends up in ABQ once he gets through waivers, like Bobby Abreu did last year, but he was reportedly not willing to do so when Colorado wanted him to.) I can’t imagine that’s a situation that lasts long, though it’s not like upgrades are readily available; you’re probably looking at someone like Kelly Shoppach, recently cut by the Mariners.

Dodgers
Pirates
RF
Puig
LF
Presley
3B
Punto
C
Martin
1B
Gonzalez
CF
McCutchen
SS
Ramirez
1B
Jones
2B
M.Ellis
2B
Walker
CF
Ethier
3B
Alvarez
C
A.Ellis
RF
Snider
LF
Hairston
SS
Barmes
P
Fife
P
Locke

At least Ellis is back tonight, hitting seventh, but the news regarding Matt Kemp indicates that he’s at least another week away, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Fortunately, Yasiel Puig is back at the top and Hanley Ramirez is hitting cleanup. Today’s round of “wait, who is hitting fifth?” ends with Mark Ellis, who is there because… well, I have no idea. He’s never faced Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke before.

As for the aftermath of today’s suspensions, both J.P. Howell and Skip Schumaker appealed their two-game bans and will be available tonight. Ronald Belisario and manager Don Mattingly will both serve their suspensions tonight in Pittsburgh, so Trey Hillman will serve as the skipper. Remember that when we’re all screaming at Mattingly for horrible bunt calls or bullpen usage, okay?

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
680 comments
NickM
NickM

DFA'ed for a second time might make him a lot more willing to accept assignment.  I hope he accepts Albuquerque.  I like having depth at catcher.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

There's A LOT of Yankee fans in Anaheim.

ih8turteam
ih8turteam

Why does FoxSportsWest replay a shitty game like today?

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

The only guarantee with a Kershaw start tomorrow is that the offense will not score.

*Guarantee every night

splendid
splendid

Dodgers should win tomorrow. Kershaw is pitching against a dude making his MLB debut.  This kid the Pirates are starting last year in AA, struck out 88 batters in 152 ip.  If the Dodgers dont win tomorrow, then I dont know what to say.

Dang88
Dang88

We need to trade our shitty players for good players because that's how trades work

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Cappy's rehab: 4IP, 0R.

o0b00tz0o
o0b00tz0o

I'll give them 10 days after Kemp comes back. If they do not have a record over .500 in the Puig era by then I don't know.

splendid
splendid

I'd blow this shit up.  Most of the regulars were in the lineup tonight and they get shut out.  They got a better chance of finishing in last place than they do first.

BIah
BIah

Dodgers are 4-5 with Puig.  Not even a slugger hitting nearly .500 can save us

efb
efb

I have a good feeling that the Dodgers are going to go on a tear starting within a week or two, and go to into the All Star break within 4 games of first. 

shambalor
shambalor

Now aren't you glad you didn't get them to throw the book at Carlos Quentin? It could have made a bad precednt.

BIah
BIah

With Harang, Billingsley, Beckett, and Lilly now gone, will we need to rely on Fife to start the rest of the season?

not VND
not VND

Your negatiboner is raging

BIah
BIah

@splendid we have an 8-7 record in Kershaw's starts, despite his 1.88 ERA.  Nothing is guaranteed...

KayNude
KayNude

The dodgers have a very bad track record against people making their ML debut

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@efb You have the wrong audience for this positivity at the moment 

BIah
BIah

@efb that would require every other team in the NL west to be mediocre at the same time

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@shambalor If you want to set a precedent, you probably have to work it into the CBA somehow.

splendid
splendid

@Blahn Uribe @efb plus thats near impossible when the division plays itself. One of those teams have to win.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

@efb Sorry man, it's useless to argue against it right now

BIah
BIah

@splendid @Blahn Uribe @efb yeah, tonight the Diamondbacks play the Padres.  No matter what the result, one of those teams wins which is bad for us.

splendid
splendid

@Blahn Uribe @efb Dodgers have 28 games left until the All Star Break. 17 of those are on the road. Dodgers road record is 9-18 this year.  I'd say going 500 would be an accomplishment for this team over those games.

BIah
BIah

@efb @Blahn Uribe and yet we have an atrocious record against the rest of the NL West this season