D’Backs @ Dodgers, May 7, 2013: What Fresh Hell Tonight?

May 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_openingday2013Today’s winner of disabled list roulette is… Jerry Hairston! Congratulations, Jerry, you’ve won an all-expenses-paid trip to the DL days after it was obvious it needed to happen, finally making you a True Dodger™.

As we’ve all expected, Elian Herrera comes from Albuquerque to take Hairston’s place, because no team can possibly have enough players who can play multiple positions yet can’t hit at any of them, and I really mean that, because Herrera’s at just .250/.310/.336 despite playing in the pinball environment of the Pacific Coast League. He’s spent most of his time at second base, but has of course also seen time at third, left, and center; he’s able to play right and shortstop as well.

Diamondbacks
Dodgers
CF
Parra
LF
Crawford
SS
Gregorius
SS
Gordon
1B
Goldschmidt
CF
Kemp
C
Montero
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Chavez
RF
Ethier
RF
Ross
C
Hernandez
LF
Kubel
2B
Schumaker
2B
Pennington
3B
Punto
P
McCarthy
P
Beckett

The funny thing is, I don’t mind a guy like Herrera on a National League team. A player who can fill in at a bunch of positions when most clubs prefer to carry an extra reliever rather than an extra bench player can be quite valuable, so good on him.

But on this team, it feels like that’s all the Dodgers have anyway. Nick Punto can play three spots, and so can Justin Sellers. Juan Uribe, Luis Cruz, & Skip Schumaker can all arguably play four — arguably — and that’s without even considering what Hairston provides when he’s healthy. Sure Herrera can play some outfield where the guys other than Schumaker can’t, but… so what? Schumaker really shouldn’t be playing second base over Punto anyway.

So did this team need another guy like that, or did they need a guy who can play first, left, and right, and who can actually hit one out of the park if he gets a hold of it? You tell me, and remember, I say that sticking to my long-held opinion that Scott Van Slyke really isn’t that great in the first place. Though he may be an option in the next few days, that won’t change the fact that there was a need more than a week ago. If anything, I weep for Alex Castellanos, who is missing his opportunity with a poorly-timed injury for the second year in a row.

But hey, at least Josh Beckett is starting tonight and A.J. Ellis is out (understandably, at least) and Dee Gordon will get more plate appearances now that he’s hitting second and… oh. Man, it just never seems to get better around here, does it.

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