On Matt Kemp’s AC joint pain, I can speak from experience. It is one of the sharpest, searing pains you can ever have and it literally pops! Kemp will likely not need the DL, but will have to miss a few games to let it calm down after the steroid shot (Kemp is on steroids!). It’s also a mental hurdle because you think (know) it will do it again… and it might! I have never been shot, but that’s what it must feel like. You know that for Matt to ask out of the game, it had to hurt a lot. But, the Dodgers will be OK without him for a few days.
With Bumgarner pitching and Dominguez having pitched last night, I was send Dominguez down and recall SVS so that I had another RH bat available. We have nothing to fear – Stephen Fife has a better ERA than Bumgarner! HA!
The way Juan Uribe is hitting, the Dodgers don’t need a thirdbaseman. I never, ever thought I’d say that! He is much more selective and swinging at pitches he is capable of hitting. I don’t expect him to hit .280 all year (but I didn’t expect this either) but he is exceeding everyone’s expectations. If he keeps this up, I would not be opposed to signing him to a one-year deal next year. Seager will be ready in 2015… maybe late 2014 and Hanley or Cory can play SS. That way we don’t have to give up any minor league talent.
Zach Lee keeps battling and getting better. He now has a 2.79 ERA – not too shabby. He just needs one more pitch.
Ross Stripling has a 2.29 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP at AA. He is a strike-thrower and might do well if the Dodgers pull a “Billingsley” and put him in the pen the rest of this year. I think he would excel in middle relief.
I think Brandon League should go down to AA for a few games to work on his mechanics. Even though he pitched a scoreless inning last night, he needs to work on that outside the constraints of a pennant race. I think he can still be very, very good once he irons out his mechanics and gets his mojo back. Most players won’t accept such an assignment, but he should.
Bochy has been told by MLB to get Puig in the All-Star Game. Nuff’ said! He needs to be there. There’s never been another player like this is a long, long time.