Padres @ Dodgers June 5, 2013: How About Getting Out of Last Place?

June 5, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150I swear that the original version of this game thread made jokes about how for once there was no one headed to the disabled list, a rare occurrence after days of Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis and Chris Capuano. I suppose that remains technically true, because it doesn’t involve a roster move, but there is news and it is not good: Scott Elbert, who had already undergone surgeries on his left elbow in September and January, will now be adding Tommy John surgery to the list as well. Elbert hadn’t pitched for the Dodgers this year, though he did make eight rehab appearances in the minors; given the 12-16 month rehab timeframe, he’s not only out for this year but shouldn’t be counted on for 2014 either.

Padres
Dodgers
CF
Denorfia
RF
Puig
SS
Cabrera
2B
Schumaker
3B
Headley
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Quentin
SS
Ramirez
2B
Gyorko
CF
Ethier
RF
Blanks
LF
Van Slyke
1B
Guzman
3B
Uribe
C
Grandal
C
Federowicz
P
Marquis
P
Kershaw

Sad as that is, there’s plenty more on the injury front, and I’m wondering if I should just give up on baseball talk and only ever discuss injuries, because that’s all there ever is. Mark Ellis plans to play through his groin strain, and I assume I don’t even have to tell you how that’s going to end, right? Ellis is not in tonight’s lineup, replaced by Skip Schumaker at second base. Schumaker hits second, because that’s what sec– well, you know how that goes.

But wait, there’s more! Matt Guerrier won’t go to the disabled list, yet, after taking a ball off the hand last night, but he’s probably not going to be available tonight. Chris Capuano thinks he’s be back after the minimum 15 days off and pitch next Thursday; Josh Beckett is shut down for the next month and will use the time as “”aggressive rehab/physical therapy”, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Surgery remains an option, and I honestly don’t really think we’ll be seeing much more of him.

So now that we’re done with the injury round-up… it’s nearly game time. Some guy named Puig is in right field. He seems good, I guess. Clayton Kershaw and Jason Marquis seems like a mismatch, but we all know how those things can go; for the first time since May 5, the Dodgers can pull themselves out of the NL West basement with a victory.

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