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Welcome Back, Paco Rodriguez

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Two weeks ago, Paco Rodriguez was sent to Triple-A when Brian Wilson returned. Now, he’s back, having been recalled to the Dodgers as Carlos Triunfel returns to the Isotopes. This is both good news and bad, I suppose. It’s good that Rodriguez is back, and it’s even better that the team seems to feel that Hanley Ramirez‘ thumb is healthy enough that there’s no need to have the depth Triunfel would provide. It’s less great, in my opinion, that they’re back to 13 pitchers, especially since the entire staff is more than rested after two days off in a row. That means that Justin Turner is the sole backup at second, short, and third; it means that you’re less likely to have the flexibility to make a move in the late innings.

Of course, the flip side to that is that they’re in Minnesota, so assuming they ever get to play a game up there, they’ll have the designated hitter in play. That means fewer pinch-hitters and fewer double-switches, so maybe it’s not that big a deal. They’ll also need to designate a 26th player for Thursday’s doubleheader, so another move is yet to come. Add that to the necessary move to add Clayton Kershaw early next week, and the likelihood that they’ll need an extra starting pitcher this weekend in Miami, and the roster games are far from over.

Triunfel never did get into a game for the Dodgers, making him the second annual recipient of the “I’m Aaron Harang and I swear I suited up” award until further notice.

Rodriguez got into three games for the Isotopes, retiring nine of the 11 hitters he faced, and most recently appearing on Saturday. All three of those games came on the road, so he’s still never pitched in Albuquerque.


About

Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


259 comments
Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

It's 68 degrees and not humid. Awesome.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

I paid $4.95 for this Jamba Juice! and I got an energy boost! I am a heavy spender

LAD Flex
LAD Flex

Anyone have the intel on tonight's game?

moneynow27
moneynow27

I'm going to Sunday's game in Miami.  Beautiful A/C new dome stadium.  And speaking of crabs.....Saturday night dinner at Joe's stone crabs....It doesn't get any better than that.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

LOL jameis winston is suspended for stealing crab legs.

jfc. maybe if you allowed people to give him crab legs to begin with this wouldn't be an issue.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

seriously though it's pretty damn delicious

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

@moneynow27  Joe's is sweet. How much are you going to bribe the maitre d to get in on sat night?

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@DBrim  But what is his ERA when the catcher with the longest name in the history of baseball (14 letters) is catching him?

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@Mike Petriello  ugh. I can hear Braves fans bitching that you're not talking enough about their team in this column

moneynow27
moneynow27

@capnsparrow @moneynow27  

The best Manhattan or New England clam chowder and stone crabs in the country........But I'm not that old and yet I feel so old walking down South Beach (if any of you have ever been there, you'll know what I mean).

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Jeremy_N @moneynow27  

LOL, you obvoiusly know Joe's very well.  The friends we're going with have a client who has a client relationship with the owners.....otherwise we'd never get in.   On Sat. nights, the wait is usually 3-4 hours....but I've eaten stone crabs at midnight in the past.....

Jeremy_N
Jeremy_N

@moneynow27  @Jeremy_N  yes, ive gone quite a few times. i avoid sat nights tho. even with a little grease you are looking at an hour plus.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@Mike Petriello @Purple Drank  LITERALLY NO MENTION OF ANDRELTON SIMMONS AND AT LEAST ALL OF OUR SUPERSTARS EXCEPT FOR SANTANA AND HARANG AND UPTON AND UPTON AND UGGLA AND CHRIS JOHNSON ARE ALL HOMEGROWN UNLIKE YOUR PATHETIC DODGER FRANCHISE

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

@Purple Drank @Disgruntled GoatSorry beverage. Me and my wife went through some crap a couple years ago like that. it was even worse because she was pregnant with our second daughter. We felt like we were going to get divorced at some point. 


I feel your pain.