Dodgers @ Rockies June 2, 2013: No AJ, No Ryu, No Kidding

June 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

coorsfieldThe foot injury that wasn’t enough to prevent Hyun-jin Ryu from pitching six more outstanding innings of shutout ball on Tuesday after getting hit is apparently enough to keep him out of today’s finale in Denver, as Matt Magill takes the hill instead.

I feel like for some fans, there’s going to be a huge difference in opinion over this quote that Ryu gave to Ken Gurnick yesterday:

After Saturday’s 7-6 loss in 10 innings, Ryu said the final decision would be made by management, but that “I never want to take the mound and put my team in jeopardy unless I’m fully comfortable I can be the pitcher I am. I wouldn’t want to be out there unless I’m 100 percent.”

Considering how much was made about the “grit” of Dustin Pedroia playing through a thumb injury for the Red Sox all season, I’m sure some will take that as a “selfish” player reluctant to “give his all for the team”. That is, of course, ridiculous; we have seen over and over and over again what happens when a player tries to “heroically” push through injury, haven’t we? The player either injures himself further or hurts the team with poor performance or both, and no one ends up happy. I’d rather have Ryu take a short time off if that means he’s healthy for the rest of the season, thank you very much.

Dodgers
Rockies
2B
Punto
CF
Fowler
3B
Uribe
2B
LeMahieu
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Gonzalez
LF
Van Slyke
RF
Cuddyer
C
Federowicz
C
Rosario
RF
Ethier
1B
Helton
SS
Cruz
3B
Arenado
CF
Schumaker
SS
Herrera
P
Magill
P
De la Rosa

In order to get Magill onto the roster, catcher A.J. Ellis was sent to the disabled list with a strained left oblique. Ellis hasn’t played since Wednesday in Anaheim and was reportedly progressing; my feeling is that the team would have really preferred to give him another day or two to overcome it rather than go this way, but the roster situation and Ryu’s unexpected absence forced their hand. Remember, if the team had DFA’d Ramon Hernandez instead of optioning out Tim Federowicz last week like everyone wanted them to, J.R. Towles or Matt Wallach would be in the big leagues right now. Ellis is eligible to return on June 14.

Assuming that Ryu will indeed miss just the one start and not end up on the disabled list himself, I imagine that Magill is headed right back to Albuquerque no matter what he does against the Rockies today. All signs point to Yasiel Puig joining the club in Los Angeles for what would be a must-watch debut tomorrow, and so that’s the simplest corresponding roster move. It would also get the team back down from 13 pitchers, which they have briefly today since Magill is taking Ellis’ spot, to 12. We don’t yet know how Hanley Ramirez will fit onto the roster, and whether that’s Monday or Tuesday, but a DL stint for Luis Cruz or Carl Crawford (who is not playing today) certainly seems like the likeliest course of action.

In the meantime, we’ve yet again talked about roster moves without really getting to the game at hand, and that’s a damn shame because this lineup is just everythingSkip Schumaker gets the start in center in what may very well be the last time for quite a while that the position isn’t manned by Puig or Matt Kemp, but what’s really fun is, well, everything else. Juan Uribe hits second! Scott Van Slyke is cleaning up again! Federowicz hits fifth! Kudos to Don Mattingly for keeping Andre Ethier lower in the lineup against a lefty, but still, wow. This is where we are on June 2. I guess things never get boring, at least?

In the bullpen, I imagine that Ronald Belisario, who has gone three days in a row and in six of the last eight, is unavailable, along with J.P. Howell after 35 pitches across 2.1 innings last night. Sure seems like as good a day as any to see Peter Moylan‘s Dodger debut to me.

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