Rockies @ Dodgers May 1, 2013: Nicasio vs Beckett

May 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150So this isn’t great: for the second night in a row, Carl Crawford sits with a sore right hamstring. Understandably, we’re all panicky about the idea of one of the few consistent hitters this team has seen missing time, but I think that’s exactly the reason why caution is called for here. With tomorrow’s day off, Crawford will have had three full days to rest, and if that’s what it takes, then that’s what it takes.

Remember, while we all focus on Crawford’s return from left wrist surgery and Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, he’s had leg problems in the past, missing a month in 2011 with a left hamstring issue. JP Hoornstra reports that the team does not consider this something that will lead to a disabled list stint, and let’s all be thankful for that.

Rockies
Dodgers
RF
Young
2B
Punto
CF
Fowler
SS
Ramirez
LF
Gonzalez
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Tulowitzki
CF
Kemp
1B
Cuddyer
RF
Ethier
C
Rosario
C
A. Ellis
3B
Arenado
LF
Schumaker
2B
Rutledge
3B
Uribe
P
Nicasio
P
Beckett

Of course, I guess I don’t know any longer what is worthy of a disabled list trip. This is the fifth consecutive game that Mark Ellis has sat out with his quad pull, and it’s getting a little absurd here. He’s still feeling pain while running — which is, you know, somewhat important for a professional baseball player — and again the team is a man down.

Tomorrow, again, is a day off, but I cannot imagine that this can go longer than that. If you haven’t figured out in another 48 hours from now if Ellis can play, than you have your answer: he can’t. Besides, a roster move will need to be made to get Clayton Kershaw off the bereavement list and back onto the active roster for Friday. I’m honestly not sure what I’m rooting for; if it’s Ellis to the disabled list, that’s great because it would prevent him from rushing back. If it’s not, then you’ve wasted a week where you could have had an extra bench player or reliever. As we saw with the Ted Lilly game the other night, it’s not like a long man couldn’t have been useful.

Meanwhile, Chris Capuano is making his rehab start for the Isotopes against Memphis right now. Be sure to follow Chris Jackson (@topes_writer) for the latest on that; through three innings, he’s allowed four hits and a run, striking out two. He also apparently knocked down a comebacker with his bare hand, which I’m sure thrilled everyone.

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