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Cardinals @ Dodgers June 26, 2014: Uribe Is Back, Hanley Sticks Around

dodger_stadium_openingday2013This team. I mean, this team. You can just never have a simple “Juan Uribe is being activated from the disabled list, and here’s the corresponding move” with the Dodgers ever, apparently. Uribe is back tonight after missing 34 games on the disabled list, and he’ll be hitting sixth and playing third base. But we knew that for a solid three hours without knowing how he was getting on the roster, as we waited for the Dodgers to get the results of an MRI on Hanley Ramirez‘ shoulder. Eventually, barely 30 minutes before game time, we learned that Ramirez would avoid the disabled list, and that Carlos Triunfel would be optioned back to Triple-A instead.

Cardinals
Dodgers
7:10pm PT
Los Angeles, CA
3B
Carpenter
2B
Gordon
LF
Holliday
RF
Puig
1B
Adams
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Peralta
LF
Kemp
C
Molina
CF
Ethier
RF
Craig
3B
Uribe
CF
Jay
C
Butera
2B
Ellis
SS
Rojas
P
Wainwright (R)
P
Beckett (R)

You probably don’t have to think too long about how I feel about this. While I understand that it seems really, really weird to want Ramirez to be gone and to have Triunfel and Miguel Rojas sharing shortstop, it’s hard to be happy about this. If you’ve read this site for any length of time, then you know how much we hate seeing guys try to “tough it out,” only to make injuries worse.

That goes triple for someone both as fragile and valuable as Ramirez, and since his shoulder injury is both serious enough to keep him out of the lineup for the third day in a row — out of shortstop for the fourth, since he DH’d in Kansas City — and to get him an MRI, it’s clear that something isn’t right. I often say that I’m not a doctor and I haven’t looked at the injury first-hand and that’s true, but I can still be a rational decision-making human being who has seen this sort of thing go wrong far too many times. If he doesn’t injure himself more seriously, then he’ll sit unavailable on the bench for who knows how many days, which isn’t a great position to put Don Mattingly in.

Anyway, it’s probably not worth getting worked up over, but it’s frustrating. In the mean time, Uribe is back, the Cardinals are in town, and Josh Beckett against Adam Wainwright is surprisingly a fascinating pitching matchup.

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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

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.


962 comments
Purple Drank
Purple Drank

come on aroldis. no putting the final 2 hitters on base

zeroami
zeroami

Weird watching a Beckett game that doesn't go 5 hours.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

beckett doesn't satisfy the traditional voters (only 5 wins), and he doesn't satisfy the sabremetric voters (3.7 FIP). No chance.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

So... is it STILL absurd to suggest that Beckett could maybe be a Cy Young candidate?  Probably cause of a few insanely awesome guys like Wainwright, but man, he's not THAT far off.

Raul Franklin
Raul Franklin

@P_F_P When will you consider changing your name to T_F_P? Turner is something special.

wilhud
wilhud

Spazoid Ks!!! 3 more outs

Dang88
Dang88

Dang undefeated when he attends a game

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

did WW get credited with the COMPLETE GAME!?!

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

the cardinal way----- GET THE FUCK OFF OF THE BAG AFTER STEALING A BASE

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@Purple Drank   But... he's a really good STORY, and remember when Kersh "lost" to that really good story from NY?

InsideThePark
InsideThePark

yeah, his AB music isnt annoying when he produces

DavidGriffBecerra
DavidGriffBecerra

I mean. He would have to keep this up all year and honestly don't see that happening. But enjoying it!

Dang88
Dang88

I was licking my lips

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

@Purple Drank  @BlueMarvin  Beckett is pretty damn good this year though.  For the record, I agree he won't get it, just saying, who would have thought he'd be THIS close to the top guys?

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@BlueMarvin @Purple Drank it's not perfect, but everything indicates that there is a heavy luck factor in Beckett's favor right now. Hopefully he can avoid that regression.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

@BlueMarvin @Purple Drank  To summarize: Beckett in 2014

Very, very good. Likely All-Star, likely comeback player of the year. Probably a top 10, maybe top 6 pitcher. Not going to win the CY though. I will certainly take this. All b/c of that wonderful curveball