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Dodgers @ Mets May 21, 2014: Dodgers, curiously, recall Erisbel Arruebarrena

After Juan Uribe‘s injury last night, we all knew he was going to go on the disabled list. The smart money was on a guy like Carlos Triunfel to be recalled. Luckily, we didn’t bet on it.

Dodgers
Mets
4:10pm PT
New York, NY
2B
Gordon
CF
Lagares
RF
Puig
2B
Murphy
SS
Ramirez
3B
Wright
1B
Gonzalez
LF
Young
CF
Kemp
RF
Granderson
LF
Crawford
1B
Campbell
3B
Turner
SS
Flores
C
Ellis
C
Recker
P
Ryu (L)
P
deGrom (R)

The Dodgers on Wednesday recalled Erisbel Arruebarrena from Double-A Chattanooga, in a head-scratching move.

Arruebarrena, 24, debuted with the Lookouts last month and struggled a lot in his first 16 games. He hit .136/.188/.220 in that time. Thanks to a recent hot streak (.324/.359/.432 in nine games), he was hitting .208/.252/.308 on the season. What’s troubling is his 4:31 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He struck out in 29.5 percent of his plate appearances so far, which won’t fly in the majors.

Chris Blessing of ROTOscouting wrote a scouting report (free, for a limited time) on Arruebarrena (#isascout).

“After reporting to spring training a month late due to visa issues, Erisbel Arruebarrena spent the first two weeks of the season in extended spring training before joining the Chattanooga Lookouts on April 19th. The rust showed. Only a recent hot streak pushed Arruebarrena’s batting average above .140. He looked lost at the plate, gripping and whiffing at air. The rare occasion when he made contact, the ball would die on the infield.

The right-handed hitting shortstop has bat speed galore. Unfortunately, Arruebarrena’s swing is a mess. A pronounced hitch in his load negatively affects his ability to read pitches. This forces him to guess. Adding to his struggles, Arruebarrena locks his pull arm, causing him to lead with the front shoulder when swinging the bat. Instead of short and compact, the back of his swing becomes long and loopy. This leaves Arruebarrena is a shoulder swinger. Shoulder swingers generate power from their upper body, not their base. It also ties up his hands. In batting practice, the Dodgers worked on correcting this issue by having Arruebarrena work on his hips rotating. In game action, the issues continued to persist.”

You can also hear Chris, Jared and I talk about Arruebarrena on the latest episode of Dugout Blues.

We all know about his prowess with the glove. He’s a really good defensive shortstop, but at least there’s a little hope for his bat. However, that hope could be impacted by an early promotion to the majors.

Triunfel, also 24, would have been the better player to call up. Triunfel is what his is, but there’s still a chance for Arruebarrena to at least become half-way competent offensively.

Mike is at Citi Field and was present for Don Mattingly‘s media session.

That’s good. Arruebarrena’s bat is not really playable at shortstop, and it’s absolutely not playable at third. But Mattingly doesn’t really explain why Arruebarrena got the call. Justin Turner was Hanley Ramirez‘s backup (sad as it is), but now he (and Chone Figgins) will handle third base until Uribe comes back. Triunfel could do exactly what Arruebarrena is (likely) about to do, without interrupting any kind of development.

Arruebarrena needs all the playing time he can get, but that won’t happen if he’s playing shortstop for Ramirez once a week. This will give Mark McGwire and/or John Valentin a chance to work with him, but that might not be enough to get him where he needs to be.

I don’t agree with this move. I know the Dodgers signed Arruebarrena to a $25 million deal, but a poor slash line in just more than 100 plate appearances in Double-A doesn’t equal a Major League call-up. It’s likely temporary, which means recalling Triunfel would have made even more sense.

This move all but confirms the Dodgers were about to recall Alex Guerrero before Miguel Olivo tried to eat him (probably) on Tuesday. I get wanting to get both sides of the story, but how Olivo hasn’t been given his walking papers yet is beyond me. (Update: Olivo has been suspended by the Isotopes.)

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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---

About

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called “Dugout Blues.” He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif., and has yet to be shot.


1080 comments
Dang88
Dang88

Matt Adams Fouled a ball into the dugout and hit Wacha in the hand it looks like

LasordasLair
LasordasLair

Dodgers Win!!!!! yeahhhhh!!!! Good game Digestians

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

YEAH! BIG NASTY REDHEAD!!!!

KMT59
KMT59

We Win AGAIN!!!

2 game winning streak!!!!

Go for the sweep tomorrow!!!!

Dang88
Dang88

Aw finishing them off with their valiant leader 

Dang88
Dang88

Yawn finish them

KMT59
KMT59

Kemp still not running well

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Kenley's reaction was pretty hilariously slow there.

I Digesti
I Digesti

Dude.  NOW Angel Hernandez is squeezing the pitcher?

Dang88
Dang88

Kenley back at 93 and all should be well according to my calculations 

KMT59
KMT59

though he wouldn't got that on the fly but at least it wouldn't be a triple