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Dodgers @ Marlins May 2, 2014: Ryu’s Gone, Is Zach Lee Coming?

marlins_parkVery early this morning, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register noted that Paco Rodriguez would likely be sent down today after throwing 48 pitches over the last two days, and it made total sense. The bullpen was overworked after 20 innings yesterday, as you can see below, so some fresh blood was needed, and the only other player with options — Chris Withrow — is totally fresh. (Also, a better pitcher than Rodriguez.) So we spent all morning speculating who might come up. Colt Hynes? Yimi Garcia? Jarret Martin? It couldn’t have been Jose Dominguez, because it hasn’t yet been 10 days since his departure.

Dodgers
Marlins
4:10 pm PT
Miami, FL
2B
Gordon
LF
Yelich
RF
Puig
2B
Dietrich
SS
Ramirez
RF
Stanton
1B
Gonzalez
3B
McGehee
CF
Ethier
C
Saltalamacchia
C
Olivo
1B
Jones
LF
Crawford
CF
Ozuna
3B
Figgins
SS
Hechavarria
P
Beckett
P
Koehler (R)

Then, about three hours before game time, Alanna Rizzo of SNLA posted the lineup, and not only was Dominguez actually listed… so was Chone Figgins, starting at third base. So after all sorts of speculation about who else was hurt — Matt Kemp! Kenley Jansen! — in order to make room we finally learned the bad news: Hyun-jin Ryu is headed to the DL with left shoulder soreness. The good news is that from all indications, it doesn’t appear serious — they aren’t even doing an MRI — and so hopefully this isn’t going to plague him for the rest of the year.

The bad news? I legitimately have no idea who is starting against Jose Fernandez on Sunday now. Josh Beckett goes tonight, and Paul Maholm on Saturday. Zack Greinke will go Monday, and Clayton Kershaw likely returns on Tursday.

And Sunday? Options are limited. Red Patterson, also sent back to Triple-A today, isn’t going on two days rest, obviously. Matt Magill pitched yesterday, too. You may want to keep an eye on Albuquerque tonight, where Zach Lee is scheduled to start against Fresno at 6:05 p.m. PT. If he suddenly isn’t on the mound, that’s a pretty good sign. If he does go, then it really has to be Stephen Fife, who pitched an inning of relief on Wednesday. If not either of them, then I don’t know, maybe you. Pitching: there’s never enough of it.

So, to recap: Dominguez and Figgins are up. Ryu is on the disabled list. Rodriguez is on his way back to Triple-A, as is Patterson since the 26th man exemption is no longer around. Nothing is ever simple. You’ll never get the time back you spent reading this.

Finally: Andre Ethier, playing center tonight, is celebrating his eighth anniversary as a Dodger. On May 2, 2006, he made his debut in a lineup that included Kenny Lofton, Oscar Robles, and Odalis Perez. It feels like 70 years ago.

Wed 10/1Thurs 10/2Fri 10/3Sat 10/4Sun 10/5Mon 10/6Tues 10/7
RP. Baez--12-26
LS. Elbert--9-11
RC. Frias---
LJ.P. Howell--109-8
RK. Jansen--20-
RB. League--212-21
RB. Wilson---9
RJ. Wright---

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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.


643 comments
I Digesti
I Digesti

Zed Lee is pitching in FresYes, so that forecloses him as the move

ScootSummers
ScootSummers

Pirates just hit a walkoff home run, Marte with the sweet bat flip.

KMT59
KMT59

trolls going to troll...

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

Joe Panik hits a ball right to Guerrero and ... right through the wickets. E-4. 

Lee has been dancing out of trouble for last three innings. And Grizzlies take lead on Tony Abreu's soft single to CF. Dinked to death this inning.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Aaannnd... MLB poops for the past few ABs

KMT59
KMT59

let's go justin

KMT59
KMT59

at least CC got him home