D-Backs @ Dodgers May 2, 2015: Enrique Hernandez, Shortstop

Kiké! Enrique Hernandez gets his first start at shortstop for the Dodgers, as Jimmy Rollins keeps on limping along with a .179/.278/.321 line. For the first time, I’m wondering if Corey Seager might actually have an impact on the 2015 Dodgers, as he’s now in Triple-A (he got two hits and struck out twice in his first game with Oklahoma City), and it’s perhaps not unreasonable to think that a few months from now, given continued good performance, the calls to promote him could increase.

D-Backs
Dodgers
7:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
LF
Inciarte
CF
Pederson
CF
Pollock
3B
Turner
1B
Goldschmidt
2B
Kendrick
RF
Trumbo
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Tomas
LF
Van Slyke
2B
Hill
RF
Ethier
C
Pacheco
C
Grandal
SS
Pennington
SS
Hernandez
P
Hellickson (R)
P
Baker (R)

Not that the Dodgers would or should give up on Rollins that quickly, of course. A single bad month doesn’t wipe out an entire career of above-average play. Seager isn’t ready today, and Rollins isn’t done today. But if nothing’s changed eight, 10, 12 weeks from now? You wonder what sort of conversations we might be having.

(In addition, Ken Rosenthal chimes in on Hector Olivera, still stuck in the Dominican Republic awaiting a visa. He’s apparently playing simulated games, and if Rosenthal is to be believed, the expectation is that he would need only 3-4 weeks in the minors to be big league ready… but it’s still anyone’s guess as to when he actually arrives.)

In the meantime, we get to see Hernandez, who made three starts at the position for Houston last year.It’s an interesting lineup, though, because Justin Turner starts at third for the second straight day, which is odd because there’s no indication that anything physically is wrong with Juan Uribe. Alex Guerrero hasn’t started there since last Sunday, though of course he’s started in left twice in the last three days, with Carl Crawford is on the disabled list.

And yeah, Scott Baker is starting again. I don’t really have anything interesting to say about Scott Baker. He’s there, I guess.

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