The Dodgers are currently fighting through a rough patch in the fledgling season. Injuries, poor pitching, and a lack of run production have hindered their ability to win. Can the Dodgers recover? Is good news on the way? Tyson Qualls reviews the top stories from this week and provides a ray of hope for the month of May.
Manny Set to Return:
Manny Ramirez’s stint on the disabled list is scheduled to come to an end within the next week. Andre Ethier has been forced to carry the load of the offense and the team has struggled to score consistently.
Manny brings his .415 average and an ability to provide clutch hits back to Chavez Ravine. It is imperative that the Dodgers keep him healthy for the final year of his contract. However, as he closes in on 38 years old, that may prove to be a difficult task.
Opening Day Starter Out Through May:
Vicente Padilla will not be providing the Dodgers with his services for an extended period of time. With the return of Manny and Jeff Weaver, the Dodgers have also had to stomach extended absences from Rafael Furcal and Padilla.
The pitching rotation has struggled to find its’ grove and with the exception of Hiroki Kuroda has not been very impressive. Padilla is a solid back of the rotation guy, but it will be up to Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsly to steady the ship.
Dodgers Go Green:
Instead of calling up potential shortstop of the future Chin-lung Hu to replace Furcal, the Dodgers turned to veteran Nick Green. Hu posted better stats, but the Dodgers did not want to take the chance of losing Green for good.
Green has spent his career as a back up, playing 103 games with the Red Sox in 2009. He was batting sub .220 for the Isotopes, but should provide an experienced glove off of the bench. The Dodgers still may have made a poor decision, as Green has no long term potential. Hu is already 26 years old and is closing in on “now or never” time for his career to blossom.
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