Rockies @ Dodgers July 12, 2013: Nicasio vs Kershaw

July 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

dodger_stadium_2013_150x150When the Dodgers briefly — and I mean briefly — had Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, and Yasiel Puig all active, everyone wanted to know how they’d manage to keep all four in the lineup and happy. My answer was that it didn’t matter, really, because between injury histories and platoon splits the problem would basically solve itself. That happened quickly when Kemp injured his shoulder, and now it’s going even further thanks to the news that Carl Crawford is sidelined with a sore lower back. He’d been in the starting lineup tonight and was scratched in favor of Skip Schumaker after feeling soreness before the game… and so that’s why you can’t trade Andre Ethier right now.

Puig’s hip, apparently, is healthy enough to allow him to play, since he was in the original lineup before Crawford was removed. (Not, for the record, that I’m completely thrilled with having him play through an injury which is still bothering him.)

Rockies
Dodgers
CF
Fowler
LF
Schumaker
2B
LeMahieu
RF
Puig
LF
Gonzalez
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Tulowitzki
SS
Ramirez
C
Rosario
CF
Ethier
1B
Pacheco
C
A.Ellis
RF
Blackmon
2B
M.Ellis
3B
Arenado
3B
Uribe
P
Nicasio
P
Kershaw

To be honest, there’s not a whole lot of other news coming out of Dodger Stadium right now. The Rockies sent down last night’s starter, Drew Pomeranz, in order to activate Juan Nicasio, but that’s about it.

The Diamondbacks send Patrick Corbin against Tom Gorzelanny and the Brewers in just a few minutes, and the Dodgers will need some help there if they’re going to have a shot to get to first before the break.

But otherwise, it’s kind of business as usual if you can get past all the Puig business from today. In addition to my piece here, we had similar articles from Chad Moriyama, Will Leitch, and Tim Brown, and pretty much all of us had the same take: the backlash is absurd and unnecessary, and hopefully will be blowing over soon. So enjoy Clayton Kershaw on a warm summer night, since we’ll soon be without Dodger baseball for four days.

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