uribe_atbat_2013-04-09

Reminder That The Dodgers Have No Third Base Depth

uribe_2013-07-02Juan Uribe left last night’s game with a sore right hamstring, the severity of which is currently unknown. Maybe it’s a thing. Maybe it’s not — hopefully it’s not, because for the second season in a row, he’s been valuable on offense and stellar on defense. We’re way beyond “shocking turnaround” from his 2011-12 disasters and well into “cult hero” status with him.

Until we know the status of his hamstring, maybe this is nothing to worry about. But what this does require us to do is remember once again how unbelievably thin the depth is behind him. Uribe is 35, in his 14th major league season, and, as noted by Eric Stephen, has played 318.1 defensive innings. That’s tied with Adrian Gonzalez for the most on the team; among all third basemen, it’s second only to Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, who is 23. We talk a lot about the workload of Kenley Jansen and the bullpen; we should probably talk more about the workload on Uribe.

Remember, if Uribe isn’t playing, Chone Figgins or Justin Turner is, having each started one of the two games that Uribe hasn’t. That’s fine for a breather every now and then; it’s a big problem if Uribe were to miss any significant time. It’s not good on offense, and it’s not good on defense. There’s no help in Albuquerque, unless you’re really clamoring for Jamie Romak, Miguel Rojas or Carlos Triunfel.

I guess I don’t really have anything further of substance to add here other than “hey, remember that this is a problem.” I don’t have a particularly bright solution if Uribe were to be lost, because I don’t think there is one. And in 2014, hoping beyond hope that Uribe’s 35-year-old hamstring is fine is not a terribly appealing place to be.


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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.


878 comments
The Shocker (shooting ropes)
The Shocker (shooting ropes)

Seems like Doyer minor leagues are rife and saturated with all glove, no hit middle infielders...triunfel, arribbuueennannuueeaa and others. Not exactly putting blood in my stick.

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

Don't worry, folks! Steve Smith is here to save us all! 

Wild pitch. Run No. 6 scores. 

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Oh my God. This first inning for the topes. It is exactly like a softball game we had where our pitcher could not throw strikes and walked in 5 runs.

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

Henry Sosa lasts one-third of an inning. 

God help us all in Albuquerque tonight.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

That was the first swinging strike Sosa has gotten

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

For those unable to watch the Topes' game like Eephus, so far Henry Sosa has 3 walks, an error, and has given up a 2-run double. Well, make that 4 walks. 

But don't worry, I don't have to be at high school track until 10 am tomorrow.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

THREE STRAIGHT WALKS WTF

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@Chris Jackson  Why am I watching this? I just wanted to see Triunfel and Guerrero with a side of Joc

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Sorry Chris you are going to be there for a very very long time

Chris Jackson
Chris Jackson

@EephusBlue You don't need to tell me. I'm kinda glad I went with the highest game time in our nightly pick-to-click up here in the press box.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

@Chris Jackson @EephusBlue  It just dawned on me. If you ever wanted to know what would happen if you had high defense low offense players like Triunfel, Rojas, and Fed would look like, the Topes are it.