Dodgers @ Giants May 3, 2013: Win One for Clayton

May 3, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

Ellis Watch: Day 7.

Tonight marks the seventh consecutive day that Mark Ellis is active yet out of the lineup (including yesterday’s day off) as he tries to overcome the quad he injured last Friday, and I’ve just run out of explanation here. Yes, he can be placed on the disabled list retroactively if they decide to — and they still might, because a move will have to be made Monday to get Chris Capuano off the disabled list — but that’s not going to get the team back a full week of a playing shorthanded, is it?

Of course, it’s not simply being a man down, because Carl Crawford continues to sit with a sore right hamstring. Oh, and Adrian Gonzalez is a late scratch due to a sore neck apparently sustained bumping into an umpire on Wednesday night. (And if anyone hears exactly when that happened, please let me know so I can GIF the hell out of it.)

Dodgers
Giants
1B
Hairston
CF
Pagan
2B
Punto
2B
Scutaro
CF
Kemp
3B
Sandoval
SS
Ramirez
C
Posey
C
A.Ellis
RF
Pence
RF
Ethier
SS
Arias
3B
Cruz
LF
Torres
LF
Schumaker
1B
Belt
P
Kershaw
P
Lincecum

So all of this means that Ramon Hernandez, Justin Sellers, & Juan Uribe are the only healthy bench players tonight (though Crawford & Gonzalez are potentially available if absolutely necessary). I’m just without words at this point, really. I get not wanting to rush the fragile Crawford or Ellis and risk losing them for chunks of the season, I do. But forcing Don Mattingly to play with a short bench for this long is borderline criminal. Get the man some support, could you? Maybe that’s Elian Herrera. Maybe that’s Scott Van Slyke — no, his non 40-man status doesn’t matter when Chad Billingsley & Shawn Tolleson have yet to be moved to the 60-day disabled list — or even Tim Federowicz, just to get another bat up here. (Sadly, Alex Castellanos is sidelined with an arm injury, and don’t get me started on Dee Gordon or Yasiel Puig.)

All of this inaction overshadows the one move that did get made, moving Ted Lilly to the disabled list with a rib cage strain to allow for Clayton Kershaw to be activated off the disabled list. While we should all be thankful for that, Lilly’s absence and Capuano’s imminent return does shift the rotation around a bit. Right now, we’re looking at Kershaw tonight, Matt Magill getting his second start tomorrow night, and Hyun-jin Ryu for the weekend set in San Francisco. Capuano will come back on Monday to start against Arizona, followed by Josh Beckett and Kershaw again.

In the meantime, Jerry Hairston becomes the first Dodger first baseman to lead off since Paul Lo Duca in 2001. And all we can do is laugh, both at a team that’s cursed beyond words with injury and at a front office that seems determined to handicap their field manager.

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