Dodgers @ Braves August 19, 2012: Beardingsley vs Minor

August 19, 2012 at 9:05 am | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

In three rehab outings for Double-A Chattanooga, Scott Elbert saw six batters over two innings. He struck out all six. I think that means his barking left elbow is feeling just fine, and so today he was activated from the disabled list to give the Dodgers two lefties in the bullpen for basically the first time all season, given that Elbert & Randy Choate coexisted for only about 48 hours after Choate was acquired.

In order to make room on the roster for Elbert, Elian Herrera was sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque, giving the Dodgers 13 active pitchers. While I’m generally against the idea of having so many pitchers and such a short bench, I don’t really mind this in the short term. Herrera had little role on this team now that the lineup is healthy and consistent, and other than inventing an injury for Brandon League, there was no obvious pitcher to be shipped out. (I’m pleasantly surprised Shawn Tolleson wasn’t sent down just because he has options, actually.)

The flip side of having the extra pitcher is now your bench is very short, with only Adam Kennedy, Juan Uribe, and whichever of James Loney or Juan Rivera isn’t playing first base that day joining the backup catcher in reserve. In addition to that simply being a terribly impotent bench group, it means that Don Mattingly (or for today, Trey Hillman) isn’t going to be able to simply bury Uribe like they’ve done over the last month – the roster just won’t allow it. I can’t imagine this is a roster situation that is allowed to linger for too long, but then again, the September 1 expanded rosters really aren’t that far away.

Dodgers
Braves
LF
Victorino
CF
Bourn
2B
M.Ellis
LF
Prado
CF
Kemp
RF
Heyward
SS
Ramirez
1B
Freeman
RF
Ethier
2B
Uggla
1B
Rivera
3B
Francisco
3B
Cruz
C
McCann
C
A.Ellis
SS
Janish
P
Billingsley
P
Minor

 

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