Dodgers @ Rockies June 1, 2013: Greinke vs Chacin

June 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

coorsfieldThis whole Colorado series has a distinct sense of just marking time, doesn’t it? That’s probably not how it should really be when the Dodgers are playing a division rival who stands four games ahead of them, but we’re still focused on what’s to come. We’re waiting to see if A.J. Ellis is headed to the disabled list, and we’re waiting to see what the plan is for Yasiel Puig after he played center field once against last night. (Going 0-4 with two strikeouts, unfortunately.)

It certainly seems like Puig is more likely than not to be coming up when the team returns to Los Angeles, although Don Mattingly refuses to discuss it. It seems clear that it won’t be Tony Gwynn, because that would have happened already, and moving Joc Pederson out of center field for Chattanooga doesn’t really sound like a player imminently ready to come play center in the bigs.

Dodgers
Rockies
LF
Crawford
CF
Fowler
2B
M.Ellis
2B
LeMahieu
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Gonzalez
RF
Ethier
SS
Tulowitzki
3B
Hairston
RF
Cuddyer
CF
Schumaker
1B
Helton
SS
Punto
3B
Arenado
C
Federowicz
C
Torrealba
P
Greinke
P
Chacin

It still remains possible that Elian Herrera joins the team after his three days on the temporarily inactive list due to a personal matter are up, but even that is questionable considering that it’s no guarantee that his absence from Albuquerque wouldn’t be longer — and besides, he won’t have played in several days. Since no one really thinks that the team is going to go with Skip Schumaker (or, sigh, Andre Ethier) in center field for the next two weeks, it really does sound like Puig is imminent.

That would mean some move would need to be made to get Puig onto the roster, as well as Hanley Ramirez and probably Scott Elbert too. Ellis sits for the third straight day today, though he was able to hit off a tee with no pain, so either disabling him or optioning Tim Federowicz seems like a likely route to clear one spot. But then there’s potentially two more to clear, and with Mark Ellis, Jerry Hairston, & Ramirez about to be healthy together for the first time all season at the same time as Juan Uribe stakes his claim for increased playing time, well, let’s just say that the picture Luis Cruz tweeted out of his bruised hand — in addition to the “elbow spurs” we’ve been hearing about — certainly does point to a disabled list trip for number 47.

But there we go, doing it again, spending hundreds of words talking about roster moves without really even touching on the game at hand. The good news is that Carl Crawford returns to the lineup; the worse news is that Mattingly has said that Brandon League is still his closer. But hopefully Zack Greinke and friends can make sure this isn’t a one-run game in the ninth so it doesn’t matter, maybe?

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