Dodgers @ D’backs July 8, 2013: Injuries 2, Dodgers 0

July 8, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

chasefield…and that’s why you don’t trade Andre Ethier. So much for too much outfield depth, right? The not-really-a-problem of having four starting outfielders lasted for something like 40 minutes before Matt Kemp injured his shoulder on Friday night, and after missing the weekend he’s now been placed on the disabled list. He’ll be out until at least July 21, though obviously it’s premature to wonder if he’ll be ready right then and there.

Kemp’s miserable season keeps on getting worse, really, and for the first time I’m worried that 2013 might just end being a complete wash for him. That said, I’m pleased that they shut him down instead of continuing to play a man short any further. Scott Van Slyke has been recalled from Albuquerque, and Ethier returns to his unexpected job as regular center fielder.

Dodgers
D-backs
LF
Crawford
CF
Parra
RF
Puig
2B
Hill
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Goldschmidt
SS
Ramirez
3B
Chavez
CF
Ethier
LF
Prado
C
A.Ellis
C
Montero
3B
Uribe
RF
Kubel
2B
M.Ellis
SS
Gregorius
P
Greinke
P
Delgado

But wait! There’s more! Stephen Fife surprisingly joins Kemp on the disabled list with a recurrence of the right shoulder bursitis that sidelined him for more than a month earlier this season. So much for the short-lived news that Fife was going to hang on to his rotation spot, I suppose? Chris Capuano returns from the bullpen before he’d ever really made it there, and will start the opener of the next homestand against Colorado on Thursday.

Fife reportedly didn’t feel any trouble while pitching on Saturday but then came up sore on Sunday; because of the All-Star break, he might only miss one start. Ricky Nolasco takes his spot on the roster and will pitch tomorrow night. That makes 22 disabled list trips on 15 players, by the way.

We’ve also got a bit of news from the minors, in that Carlos Marmol threw for Don Mattingly & Rick Honeycutt today and should make his debut for Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday, reports Bill Plunkett. Our pal Chris Jackson also has a twopart interview with Dodger director of player development DeJon Watson, which is well worth reading in its entirety, but is mainly notable because Watson indicates that Corey Seager isn’t going to be moving off of shortstop any time soon. Since the day he was drafted, we’d all heard that third base was in his future. It still might be, but not quite yet.

So after all of that housekeeping… well, there’s actually a pretty important game to be played tonight. With Colorado, San Diego, & San Francisco all spiraling out of the NL West race, these are the two clubs likely to fight it out for the crown. If the Dodgers plan on taking a bite out of the 4.5 game gap that separates them, doing it tonight behind Zack Greinke would be a good time to start.

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