Padres @ Dodgers April 17, 2013: Capuano Gone, Kemp Out

April 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

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As we all expected, Matt Kemp gets his first day off of the season as he attempts to shake himself loose from what’s been a brutal start to the year. Skip Schumaker sees his first action in center field; somewhere in New Mexico, Tony Gwynn sheds a tear. With his behind.

Unsurprisingly, pitcher Chris Capuano has been placed on the disabled list thanks to the strained left calf that forced him to leave last night’s disaster early. Interestingly enough, Capuano had first felt pain in the calf running in during last week’s brawl in San Diego, so there’s another pitching injury you can (partially, at least) blame on Carlos Quentin.

Somewhat unexpectly, it’s not a pitcher who comes to replace Capuano, but rather catcher Tim Federowicz. That seemed a little unexpected at first, but the more I think about it, the more recalling a hitter makes sense. While Capuano’s short start strained the bullpen last night, the club does have two days off in the next five, and there’s no better bet to give you a long start than Clayton Kershaw, on the mound against Tyson Ross tonight. Having an extra position player helps as well this weekend, given that they’ll be in an AL park in Baltimore and will need a designated hitter.

Padres
Dodgers
CF
Denorfia
LF
Crawford
SS
Cabrera
2B
M.Ellis
3B
Headley
RF
Ethier
LF
Guzman
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Alonso
C
A.Ellis
2B
Gyorko
CF
Schumaker
RF
Blanks
3B
Punto
C
Hundley
SS
Sellers
P
Ross
P
Kershaw

If there is a question here, it’s why Federowicz was called up to give the team three catchers, rather than someone like Alex Castellanos — especially with Jerry Hairston serving his one-game suspension tonight — or Elian Herrera. I can’t say I have an answer for that, though I do like the flexibility of three catchers, and it already seems clear that either A.J. Ellis or Ramon Hernandez — or both — will get some DH time against the Orioles. In April. Which is a thing that’s happening, and which I still can’t wrap my head around.

While Kemp sits, the Padres get their best hitter back, as Chase Headley returns from injury to make his season debut at third base. Cameron Maybin heads to the disabled list with a wrist injury, leaving Chris Denorfia to play center tonight.

I’m not sure about you, but after the panic we’re already seeing — like this, unbelievably — an off-day coming off a sweep at home by the lowly Padres is more than I can take. Help us, Clayton. We need you more than ever.

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