Dodgers set Triple-A rotation, at least for now

The minor-league season begins on Thursday, with the Isotopes home against Omaha. They’ll start out with a rotation of (this is in no particular order) Eric Milton, Jeff Weaver, Shawn Estes, Eric Stults and Miguel Pinango. Estes went back to starting after Will Ohman was signed, but I’m guessing he’ll be pushed aside again when (if) Jason Schmidt joins the group, which is tentatively scheduled for next weekend. He’ll make a start in an intrasquad game at extended spring training tomorrow, then one more on Monday before joining ABQ, but that will only happen IF nothing goes wrong between now and then. The Dodgers are in the rather odd position of having more big-league experience in their Triple-A rotation than they have in their big-league rotation.

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  • Marcel

    That ‘experience’ didn’t get them very far in the Cactus League. That’s why they’re re-treads in AAA and not starting in the big leagues. Not to mention that the young guys in the L.A. rotation have more talent than they do put together.

  • Luke McCain

    Tony,

    Can you ask Manny why he flips off his helmet while rounding first base when he hits a double? It looks like he is getting rid of it so he can have better visibility of the ball and outfielder in case a throw is made.
    I like the way Manny plays the mental part of the game as well as the physical.

  • adevandry

    Tony, I was wondering that too. I can imagine a head injury sustained in a collision could result.

  • ABQDodger

    According to Randy Harrison from the Albuquerque Journal, the Dodgers won’t be starting Weaver except in a spot situation. They want to continue to work him in long relief. Harrison said the five starters are: Shawn Estes, Eric Stults and Eric Milton, and right-handers Charlie Haeger and Miguel Pinango.