Padres @ Dodgers April 16, 2013: Capuano vs Marquis

April 16, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

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For the last several days we’ve all been complaining about the Carlos Quentin-fueled brawl that broke Zack Greinke‘s collarbone, but for the most part it’s just been talk.

Tonight, we see the implications on the field for the first time, because rather than Greinke on the mound against San Diego, Chris Capuano makes his first start of the season. He’ll be backed by the regular lineup other than Luis Cruz, who takes a seat as his brutal April continues. You know what that means, though, don’t you? It’s Juan Uribe time! Expect a homer and three gifably awful strikeouts. The man is nothing if not entertaining.

All sorts of Dodger related-notes from around the internet today…  

Padres
Dodgers
CF
Denorfia
LF
Crawford
SS
Cabrera
2B
M.Ellis
1B
Alonso
CF
Kemp
LF
Guzman
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Gyorko
RF
Ethier
C
Hundley
C
A.Ellis
RF
Blanks
3B
Uribe
2B
Amarista
SS
Sellers
P
Marquis
P
Capuano

** At ESPN, fellow Terrier Jerry Crasnick speaks with former Dodger Bobby Abreu, who has decided to take the year off but plans to try to return to the big leagues in 2014.

** Over at FanGraphs, Carl Crawford gets some positive play from Dave Cameron, arguing that part of Crawford’s resurgence is that he’s become much more selective at the plate.

** Ted Lilly gets another rehab start at 6:05pt for Rancho Cucamonga as they visit the Lake Elsinore Storm. Chase Headley is hitting third for the Storm tonight, in what may be his final rehab appearance as well.

** We spent most of today talking about Dee Gordon, Luis Cruz, and the shortstop situation. Don Mattingly has not considered bringing up Gordon, as Bill Shaikin reports. In another tweet, Shaikin says that Hanley Ramirez “says he’ll be back well before mid-May projection”. That’s mostly good news, though we should know by now that hand injuries are tough for hitters to return from, and rushing usually doesn’t end well.

** When Josh Wall was promoted yesterday to replace the injured Shawn Tolleson, that left a hole in the Isotopes bullpen. Per the team, Kelvin De La Cruz has been promoted from Chattanooga to take the spot. It’s De La Cruz’ first time above Double-A in his eighth year of professional baseball.

** Tolleson’s back injury, by the way, sounds more serious than we first thought, reports J.P. Hoornstra.

Tonight’s bullpen status is below ,and the relief corps were heavily used last night after Chad Billingsley left. Here’s to hoping we see the first-half Capuano, and not the version we saw down the stretch last year. If not, Mattingly indicated there is no long man, and that it’d turn into a full bullpen game.

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