Giants @ Dodgers August 21, 2012: Welcome Back, Rubby

August 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

Good news is always good, even when it’s unexpected: more than a year after Rubby De La Rosa blew out his arm against Arizona on July 31, 2011, today the Dodgers activated the young righty and optioned Javy Guerra back to Triple-A Albuquerque. De la Rosa had been basically untouchable in 12 innings over four rehab outings, with scouting reports and velocity readings to match.

If there’s a surprise here, it’s that Guerra had been pitching relatively well, not having been charged with an earned run of his own since July 26 and having a 13/4 K/BB over those 11.1 innings, so I’ll admit I don’t entirely see why the Dodgers didn’t just give de la Rosa another week and call him up when rosters expand on September 1. On the other hand, I’m hardly going to lose a wink of sleep over Guerra getting a week-long vacation in New Mexico until he returns a week from Saturday; mostly I’m just impressed that the team chose not to send down Shawn Tolleson simply because he’s the most junior member of the bullpen.

Short of a phantom DL stint for Brandon League, optioning down Guerra or Tolleson was the only move to make, because unless you’re Dioner Navarro, cutting a veteran like Jamey Wright loose this close to roster expansion is just not a thing that happens. Nor, I will add, should it have been, because Wright’s been decent enough as back-end option in the pen, with a FIP slightly better than Chris Capuano‘s – and anyone who thinks that the recently-acquired League was just going to be dispatched so quickly is not living in reality.

Giants
Dodgers
CF
Pagan
LF
Victorino
2B
Scutaro
2B
Kennedy
3B
Sandoval
CF
Kemp
1B
Posey
RF
Ethier
RF
Pence
SS
Ramirez
C
Sanchez
1B
Loney
LF
Blanco
3B
Cruz
SS
Crawford
C
A.Ellis
P
Lincecum
P
Blanton

Now that De la Rosa is back on the active roster, the 40-man is full, and with neither Dee Gordon nor Jerry Hairston an option to move from the 15-day DL to the 60, someone will need to be DFA’d once Matt Guerrier and/or Ted Lilly are ready to return in September. Hey, Matt Angle: the bell tolls for thee. (Update: well, maybe. Dylan Hernandez is reporting surgery may be an option for Hairston.)

As for tonight’s game, fresh off a 5-for-6 last night and in the midst of a team-record 21-game hitting streak, Jerry Sands has been recalled to…

Ha, no, that’ll never happen. It’s James Loney, just like it’ll be every night, except when it’s Juan Rivera, which is just as bad. Of the eighty million things that are funny about Loney being your semi-regular first baseman, this might be my favorite: you’re hearing some folks claim that Loney is “heating up”, despite the fact that in 15 August games he has just a .273 OBP. But here’s the thing – his .691 August OPS, while still awful, is still his second highest monthly mark of the season, behind only July’s Ruthian .702.

James Loney is just the worst. But hey, at least we’re only a few short days away from being able to officially fire up the countdown to “one year since Loney’s last home run at Dodger Stadium!” He’s still a first baseman, in case you’ve forgotten.

Loney is paired on the right side of the infield tonight with Adam Kennedy, who gives Mark Ellis a rest at second. Kennedy hits second because he’s playing second base and second baseman hit second, don’t you know. With Shane Victorino bringing in just a .301 OBP as a Dodger into tonight’s game and Luis Cruz & A.J. Ellis at the bottom, someone wisely asked in the comments of the last post if I had typed the lineup out backwards. Sadly, not so much.

 

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