Dodgers @ Braves July 21, 2015: Crawford’s In, Beachy’s Out

So that was a little anti-climactic.

Dodgers
Braves
4:10 p.m. PT
Atlanta, Ga.
CF
Pederson
2B
Peterson
2B
Kendrick
CF
Maybin
3B
Turner
RF
Markakis
1B
Gonzalez
1B
Johnson
LF
Van Slyke
3B
Uribe
RF
Puig
LF
Gomez
SS
Hernandez
SS
Simmons
C
Barnes
C
Lavarnway
P
Anderson (L)
P
Wood (L)

Yes, Carl Crawford is back, but there’s no grand move involving Enrique Hernandez, Scott Van Slyke, or Alex Guerrero to make room. There’s simply optioning Brandon Beachy to Triple-A. (Preston Guilmet, a name I swear I did not make up, was DFA’d to make room.)

This was somewhat unexpected because it knocks the team down to only 11 pitchers, a situation I prefer but one that we rarely see in baseball any longer. But it also doesn’t solve much, rather kicking the can down the road, because now the Dodgers need to find someone to start on Saturday. Barring a sooner-than-expected trade, that almost certainly points to Zach Lee making his debut — the Mets are a friendly offense to get a good start against — which is fun, but also needs a corresponding move. And, of course, everyone expects a trade or three is coming within the next 10 days. More to come on that, clearly.

Not only are Hernandez and Van Slyke not gone, they’re both in tonight’s lineup, as is Austin Barnes, who makes his second consecutive start. Yasmani Grandal was able to pinch-hit last night, so presumably he will be available to catch Mike Bolsinger in tomorrow’s early matinee.

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