Dodgers @ Braves May 19, 2013: Mark Ellis Returns

May 19, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

I had written an entire thing about Luis Cruz being at the very end of his tenure as a Dodger — sample from that never-to-be-seen piece, “Cruz is not in the starting lineup today. This is not a surprise; Cruz is a terrible, terrible player, and even his one hit in a rare start on Friday came on an infield dribbler that probably should have been an out” — due to the fact that Mark Ellis was likely to be activated when the Dodgers get to Milwaukee tomorrow.

Well, Ellis is back today and starting at second base. But is Cruz gone? Of course not.

Dodgers
Braves
LF
Crawford
CF
Schaefer
2B
M.Ellis
RF
Heyward
CF
Kemp
LF
J.Upton
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Freeman
C
A.Ellis
C
McCann
RF
Van Slyke
SS
Simmons
3B
Uribe
3B
Francisco
SS
Punto
2B
Pena
P
Magill
P
Minor

Despite some early morning noise about a sore elbow that seemed all but certain to have appeared just to have an excuse to disable Cruz rather than DFA him, it is actually catcher Tim Federowicz who gets optioned hack to Albuquerque to make room. Yes, that means that Ramon Hernandez, who Don Mattingly has been all but unwilling to use, stays.

Does that make sense? Of course not. But then again, what have we ever really expected from the 2013 Dodgers other than inexplicable roster moves and outright disappointment? And as I type this out on a crowded bus, I can’t say that yet another confounding move really sticks out from all the others at this point.

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