Juan Pierre will be everyday LF even AFTER Andruw Jones returns

Torre just told us this morning, although he said Rafael Furcal would probably go back into the leadoff spot when he comes back, with Pierre dropping to second.
“(Pierre) has been that consistent guy for us every day, and he refuses to acknowledge any bumps or bruises, even though you know he has them,” Torre said. “He has been great. Juan is going to be our left fielder, and Andruw will be our center fielder.”
That means, of course, that Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp will compete for playing time in RF. Although Torre wouldn’t acknowledge that was part of the plan, it is apparent that those two benefitted from pushing each other early in the season. Ned Colletti is a big proponent in the value of having players compete, his thinking being that it brings out the best in the players doing the competing.

This morning’s other news is that Chan Ho Park is out of the rotation. It isn’t that Joe is backing off on his plan to go with a six-man rotation. It’s just that it won’t start until Brad Penny comes off the DL, probably on Saturday at San Francisco, when he is tentatively slated to pitch UNLESS he suffers some sort of setback in his simulated game on Tuesday at Houston. Yes, Chan Ho has had two really good starts in a row. But they weren’t going to go with seven starters, so somebody was going to have to go sometime, and Joe wants Chan Ho as a long reliever, a role he has been really good in all year.

Here’s today’s lineup

LF Pierre
RF Ethier
C Martin
2B Kent
1B Loney
CF Kemp
3B DeWitt
SS Berroa
RH Lowe

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  • JLS23

    Fire ned. Fire torre. Bring in people that know what they’re doing and promote Logan White before he heads elsewhere. ::broken record::

  • The_Great_Arcade_Fire

    Wow what horrible news! The Dodgers obviously don’t want to get better. I could waste my time and post all the stats that show Kemp and Either are 10 times better then Pierre but what does it really matter now.

    Pierre’s sorry ass will be ran out there every day and the better players who will help the team a lot more then Pierre could even imagine will waste away on the bench. Moves like this are why the Dodgers have been horrible for 20 years. The sad part about it is that Pierre hasn’t underperformed. He is just this horrible to begin with.

  • The_Great_Arcade_Fire

    I don’t what planet Joe Torre is on. Pierre is consistently horrible all the time and he gets rewarded.

  • Buddy

    With that news, the Dodgers’ season is officially over.

  • TeamHasHoles

    hey, look. Juan can steal bases… just not first base. A base that he seems almost allergic to.

    Tony, what you SHOULD ask Joe is “How does the Kool-Aid taste?”

  • Andrea

    Joe might have to change the plan afterall, with Pierre getting tangled up on that stolen base. Sheesh.

  • dumkopf

    Keep it up. Joe, you’re making us miss Jim Tracey… (Not really but how in the H did McCourt ever make a nickle, much less millions?)