It’s been nearly a month since we last saw Ted Lilly in a Dodger uniform, back to when he lasted only three miserable innings against Colorado in a game that we all hoped would mark the end of his Dodger career. We later found out ...
It’s been nearly a month since we last saw Ted Lilly in a Dodger uniform, back to when he lasted only three miserable innings against Colorado in a game that we all hoped would mark the end of his Dodger career. We later found out that he was dealing with soreness in his rib cage as well as his neck & back — issues that were not disclosed to Don Mattingly before he took the mound — though I’m having a hard time thinking that his terrible outing was related entirely to that. So now he’s back in the rotation rather than Matt Magill because… well, I don’t really have a great answer to that. We can hold out hope that Lilly looks more like he did in his surprisingly decent debut against the Mets, but I’ve been done with him for more than a year at this point. Expectations, especially against one of the best teams in baseball, are low.
Regardless of what Lilly does, there are roster moves coming, however, because there just about has to be. Jerry Hairston‘s Twitter feed indicates that he will see his Dodger teammates tomorrow, and while doesn’t necessarily guarantee he’ll be activated — it’s not like he couldn’t just pop in to say hi from Rancho — he doesn’t sound more than a few days away at the most. Scott Elbert shouldn’t be far behind him, and Hanley Ramirez could be seen in the first week of June.
Who goes to make room? Assuming Scott Van Slyke‘s impressive display so far has earned him some time — he’s starting for Carl Crawford today — then it’s difficult to see any other way to make room for Hairston & Ramirez than to finally be free of Luis Cruz & Dee Gordon. (Assuming no other injuries pop up first.) My guess is that it would be in that order, since Gordon isn’t likely to go until Ramirez is ready, and so we may finally be down to the last few days of the Cruz era. I know I’ve said that a few times before, but as the injured slowly return to health, there seem to be few other options than to cut loose a player that Don Mattingly clearly has no patience for. Hell, if Hairston really did mean he’d be coming back tomorrow, tonight might be actually the last day for Cruz in Los Angeles, and while that won’t save a season that is quickly circling the drain, it’ll be nice to get minor leaguers back to the minors where they belong.
That’s an issue for another time, however, because the Dodgers have lost five of seven and really, really need to figure out a way to solve St. Louis rookie lefty John Gast today. (With Joe Buck & Tim McCarver calling the action, which, uh, wonderful.). We all know that the Dodgers often have trouble with pitchers they haven’t seen before; then again, this year’s Dodgers seem to have trouble with all pitchers these days.
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