Dodgers @ Rockies July 6, 2014: Erisbel Arruebarrena to the DL

Hanley Ramirez is getting a scheduled off-day on Sunday, which means Erisbel Arruebarrena will start in his place. Oh wait, of course he won’t. He’s hurt, because this is the Dodgers and that’s what everyone does — they get hurt.

Dodgers
Rockies
1:10 p.m. PT
Denver, Colo.
2B
Gordon
RF
Blackmon
RF
Puig
LF
Dickerson
1B
Gonzalez
SS
Tulowitzki
LF
Kemp
1B
Morneau
CF
Van Slyke
3B
Arenado
3B
Uribe
C
Rosario
C
Butera
CF
Stubbs
SS
Rojas
2B
LeMahieu
P
Beckett (R)
P
Flande (L)

Arruebarrena has a strained hip flexor and will undergo an MRI in Arizona while the team heads to Detroit after today’s matinee. Don Mattingly told reporters Arruebarrena hurt himself running to first base during Friday’s game on his RBI single.

Miguel Rojas will draw the start at shortstop instead. They’re basically the same player right now, so there’s not much lost. The Dodgers recalled Carlos Triunfel, but with Ramirez healthy enough to play and Rojas a capable backup, there probably won’t be many at-bats for him — which is a good thing for the Dodgers and the fans.

Josh Beckett takes the bump for the Dodgers. Eric Stephen provided this tidbit of information earlier on Twitter:

The Dodgers’ streak is impressive, and it’s even more impressive how the defense has improved in that time. Yes, Andre Ethier not being able to track down fly balls natural center fielders can is an issues, but the overall defense of the team has been noticeably better.

The defensive metrics don’t agree as much, as guys like Dee Gordon (-2.8 UZR/150, -2 DRS) and Yasiel Puig (-0.8, -3) are rated as below-average defenders when they clearly aren’t. Aside from Juan Uribe and a healthy Arruebarrena, Gordon and Puig are the Dodgers’ best defensive players. Adrian Gonzalez is also playing a fine first base this year.

Beckett needs to avoid having a Dan Haren-esque start and keep the Dodgers in the game. They’re facing Yohan Flande, which is one of the most made-up names I’ve ever heard.

ThrowsRelieverSat 10/15Sun 10/16Mon 10/17Tue 10/18Wed 10/19Thur 10/20Fri 10/21
LAvilan--OFF-2421OFF
RBaez34-OFF-2727OFF
RBlanton28-OFF13-19OFF
LDayton3-OFF16-12OFF
RFields--OFF-910OFF
RJansen-18OFF21--OFF
RStripling10-OFF-2018OFF
LWood--OFF-32-OFF

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
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 is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. 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.