Phillies @ Dodgers June 28, 2013: Game One, Post-Cruz

June 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150The flip side of Luis Cruz hitting the road today — and he’s reportedly unsure if he would go to Triple-A if he clears waivers, per his agent via Dylan Hernandez, and good luck with that — is that Scott Van Slyke is back and active, and suddenly the Dodgers are almost at full strength.

But how long will Van Slyke last? I say “almost” at full strength because Carl Crawford is still on the sidelines with a sore hamstring, and he’s nearing a return of his own. Crawford (and Ted Lilly, but who cares) will begin a rehab stint with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday, according to the team.

Phillies
Dodgers
3B
M.Young
2B
M.Ellis
2B
Utley
RF
Puig
SS
Rollins
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Brown
SS
Ramirez
RF
D.Young
CF
Kemp
1B
Mayberry
LF
Ethier
CF
Revere
3B
Hairston
C
Ruiz
C
Federowicz
P
Lannan
P
Capuano

Crawford will be the DH on Sunday, then play left field the next two days before a final game at DH on Wednesday. After a rest on Thursday, when the Dodgers will be completing their trip to Colorado with a July 4 game, he would then be expected to return to the team when they start a series in San Francisco next Friday.

How will they make room for him? Setting aside the obvious “well, someone will get injured before then” jokes, Van Slyke is really the only obvious option. The only other position players with options are Tim Federowicz & Yasiel Puig, who clearly aren’t going anywhere, and while there’s some small argument to make to DFA Jerry Hairston or Skip Schumaker, let’s be honest and realize that isn’t going to happen.

Of course, that’s a concern for next week. As for tonight, how about seven in a row? It would sure be nice if Chris Capuano could kick in another solid start and prevent Ned Colletti from doing anything panicky, especially since Ricky Nolasco lasted only five innings against San Diego, allowing 11 hits and six earned runs. (He also struck out six and walked zero. The man is confounding.)

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