Dodgers @ Giants May 4, 2013: Welcome Back, Dee

May 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

Hanley Ramirez has been placed on the disabled list, and Dee Gordon‘s back in town. None of that is surprising, and we’ll get back to that in a second, because there’s a lot to talk about first.

Good news! Carl Crawford is back in the lineup, leading off. I’m hoping that means he’s actually feeling better, and not that he’s rushing back because of all the other injuries, because… well, I don’t want to talk about that. Crawford’s presence leads to…

Better news! Gordon is starting at shortstop, of course, but he’s hitting eighth. I thought for sure we’d be forced to stomach him hitting leadoff, but fortunately Don Mattingly‘s made the right call here.

Great news! Despite pre-game reports that Adrian Gonzalez was wearing a soft cervical collar around his neck in the clubhouse, he’s in the lineup and hitting third. (Update: Gonzalez was scratched. Life is pain.) It’s a damn good thing he’s ready to play — I’m sticking my fingers in my ears here and blindly assuming that he is —  because I went back to Wednesday night’s game to find out how he hurt himself in the first place:

Yeah, that’s not the kind of thing you want to have end in a disabled list stint. That’s the kind of thing that gets you on a blooper real of silly injuries, like Steve Sparks dislocating his shoulder attempting to tear a phone book in half.

Dodgers
Giants
LF
Crawford
CF
Pagan
1B
Hairston
2B
Scutaro
CF
Kemp
3B
Sandoval
RF
Ethier
C
Posey
C
A.Ellis
RF
Pence
3B
Uribe
LF
Blanco
2B
Schumaker
SS
Crawford
SS
Gordon
1B
Belt
P
Magill
P
Vogelsong

In fact, this might actually be one of my favorite lineups of the year. We have Crawford leading off, A.J. Ellis hitting second fifth, and we have Justin Sellers and Luis Cruz absolutely nowhere in sight.

While I’ve been extremely clear over the last few weeks that I don’t think much of Gordon — while Sellers is awful, people seem to forget that defense matters, and white-washing over the fact that Gordon was one of the worst players in baseball last year is more than a little revisionist — from a fan’s perspective, I’m happy for the change of scenery. Gordon’s here, and I of course hope he succeeds.

For the record, remember yesterday when I stomped all of the idea of Gordon moving to second base, arguing that not only was it not really a great idea, but mostly a suggestion not based at all in fact? If so, you can imagine how much I enjoyed this report from Bill Plunkett:

Heh. The downside here is that a middle infield of Skip Schumaker and Gordon is potentially the worst defensive duo in baseball, and that’s not exactly what you’d ideally like behind Matt Magill, making his second career start.

That, of course, is the case partially because Mark Ellis is still unavailable, on the eighth day since his injury last Friday, and the fact that a team with such injury problems insists on playing a man down for over a week for this is just insane. Possible replacements Scott Van Slyke, Tim Federowicz, & Elian Herrera are all in the Albuquerque lineup tonight; my guess at this point is that we’ll be making the same complaint tomorrow too, since a move will have to be made on Monday to activate Chris Capuano and they’ll just hold off Ellis at that point.

That’s going to mean that more than a week of playing short is going to end up providing absolutely nothing of value; worse, I worry that Ellis will try to come back too soon and then hurt himself even further, costing him weeks of playing time.

Anyway, tonight’s game suddenly became very interesting. It’ll be a national broadcast on MLB Network for those of you outside the Los Angeles & San Francisco area.

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