With Hyun-Jin Ryu and Josh Beckett on the disabled list, with Dan Haren’s inconsistency worrisome, and with Ned Colletti having already scoured the ranks of available third-tier starters, today’s news that, due to elbow soreness, Zack Greinke may miss his next scheduled start, previously set for tomorrow night, is a big blow to the Dodgers. Anytime you hear “elbow soreness”, like a few days ago with Tyler Skaggs, and seemingly with about one major league pitcher per week, you have to fear the dreaded Tommy John surgery, and its resultant year-plus on the shelf.
So far the two new acquisitions to the starting staff, Roberto “Fausto Carmona” Hernandez
|and Kevin Correia, have done adequate jobs, but where in the world do the Dodgers come up with a sub for Greinke if needed? Even for a single start, who do they use, and if he is out long term, where do they go? Who on the current staff could step in to start, Jamie Wright? But, he pitched 1-2/3 innings yesterday. Who on the Albuquerque roster could they bring up, former prized prospects Zack Lee or Matt Magill who have struggled, or 4-8 Red Paterson? 34-year-old Jeff Bennett, who last||
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Correia settled down pretty well last night against San Diego after giving up three first-inning runs on a Jedd Gyorko homer. Luckily, the Dodgers were facing former trojan brain surgeon and MLB’s foremost headhunter, ian kennedy, and the team had little problem coming back from that early deficit, for an eventual 8-6 victory. The only upset of the evening was the fact the kennedy failed to plunk any batter during his really bad five inning stint, and the Dodgers should be relieved that they escaped the game without suffering any HBP-caused injuries.
The game also saw the return of Erisbel Arruebarrena to the lineup, and as long as Hanley Ramirez and/or Juan Uribe is out, and the slick-fielding shortstop continues to dispel the prevailing thought that he can’t hit, he will be the team’s shortstop.