Alex Guerrero hit four home runs in his final 10 games with Triple-A Albuquerque. (Associated Press photo)
Of all the transactions the Dodgers made Monday, when rosters were allowed to expand past the previous 25-man limit, only one could be considered a surprise.
Infielder Carlos Triunfel, whom the Dodgers claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners in April, was designated for assignment.
By removing Triunfel from the 40-man roster, the Dodgers were able to add Joc Pederson to their 40-man roster. Pederson was joined by infielder Alex Guerrero, catcher Tim Federowicz and pitcher Yimi Garcia on the Albuquerque-to-Los Angeles express Monday. Infielders Miguel Rojas and Erisbel Arruebarrena and pitcher Carlos Frias are expected to arrive in the Dodgers’ clubhouse tomorrow.
Pederson and Garcia will be making their major-league debuts.
Hanley Ramirez spent the minimum time on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle. (Getty Images)
was in the Dodgers’ starting lineup Sunday for the first time since he strained a right oblique muscle August 8 in Milwaukee. Ramirez was batting fourth then, and has batted either second, third or fourth every time he’s been in the lineup this year.
Why is he batting fifth today?
“I wanted to let Hanley get back into the flow,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s been a little bit of time. He doesn’t really have a history with (New York Mets starter Bartolo) Colon. Matt’s got a little history.”
Dee Gordon is leading off, Yasiel Puig is batting second, Adrian Gonzalez is third and Matt Kemp fourth — the same order Mattingly has used in 10 of the 13 games since Ramirez was placed on the disabled list.
“We’re not really going to try to be that cautious,” Mattingly said. “We’re going to play him. We’re not going to run him into the ground. If he’s not feeling good we’re going to give him a break. With the days off coming, just kind of play it by ear. Play one, got one off. Play two, got another one off. Then we’ve got six in a row. Unless we’ve got something going on, he should be fairly rested.”
The Dodgers recalled Erisbel Arruebarrena from the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers, where he had been rehabbing. Evidently, the rookie shortstop’s sore shoulder was the only reason he wasn’t recalled sooner. Carlos Triunfel, who got the call-up Saturday when Juan Uribe was placed on the 15-day disabled list, was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Arruebarrena has played some second base and third base this season for Triple-A Albuquerque. His job with the Dodgers will be at shortstop, where he saw action in eight games in May and June, making no errors and batting .313 (5 for 16).
Hanley Ramirez is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle. (Getty Images)
turned a few heads Saturday by taking ground balls at third base before the Dodgers’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
That was the point, manager Don Mattingly said Sunday.
“I think he likes making everybody raise their eyes and making me answer questions,” Mattingly said.
Question: will Ramirez be a third baseman once he’s activated from the 15-day disabled list?
“No real talk of that,” Mattingly said.
Miguel Rojas had a career-high three hits Sunday in Milwaukee. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photo)
I didn’t mention it in last night’s game story
, but Miguel Rojas
‘ three hits were a career-high.
Rojas said after the game that two things are paying off for him right now. One is an increase in playing time since Hanley Ramirez suffered his latest injury, a strained right oblique muscle.
Another is some recent work in the batting cage that led Rojas to make some adjustments at the plate.
“Trying to swing at strikes,” he said. “It’s not mechanical. It’s all mental.”
Hanley Ramirez walked in his only plate appearance Friday in Milwaukee. (Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE — Hanley Ramirez
is not in the lineup one day after pain in his right side forced him to leave the Dodgers’ game against the Brewers. Ramirez walked in his only plate appearance Friday in the Dodgers’ 9-3 loss.
Ramirez was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today. The results haven’t been made available yet. Ramirez hasn’t been placed on the disabled list this season.
Update (2:45 p.m.): Ramirez was scheduled to undergo the MRI around 2 p.m. PST, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said, for an injury involving his oblique muscle. “They’re pretty serious as far as I’m concerned,” Mattingly said, “because they don’t allow you to do anything. That’s the area. The MRI will give us a good indication of severity, swelling, bleeding or any of that stuff.”
Miguel Rojas is starting at shortstop in Ramirez’s place. The full lineup:
Dee Gordon 2B
Yasiel Puig CF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Matt Kemp RF
Carl Crawford LF
Juan Uribe 3B
A.J. Ellis C
Miguel Rojas SS
Zack Greinke P
MILWAUKEE — Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez batted only once Friday against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse. He swung and missed twice, took four balls out of the strike zone, and took his free pass to first base. He didn’t have to slide, didn’t have to move up a base, and didn’t score. Just like that, his day was over.
Miguel Rojas took Ramirez’s place at shortstop to begin the bottom of the first inning.
According to the Dodgers, Ramirez left the game with “right side tightness” and is day-to-day.
Ramirez hasn’t spent any time on the disabled list this season, but he’s been sidelined repeatedly with shoulder ailments and missed a total of 17 games. The circumstances of this road trip aren’t helping much. The Dodgers flew overnight from LAX to Milwaukee. At least one player (not Ramirez) was complaining of neck stiffness before the game.
More updates as we get ‘em.
Miguel Rojas is hitting .232 in his first 30 major-league games. (Associated Press photo)
It’s reached the juncture, again, where Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is being propped up by shoulder injections. The Dodgers seem to think that last night’s injection hit the correct spot. Time will tell.
On Friday, for the fourth time in the last five games, Ramirez wasn’t in the Dodgers’ lineup. Miguel Rojas was. Ramirez’s health seems to be stuck on day-to-day, so it’s worth examining where his backups stand in what’s become a competition for fairly regular playing time.
Scott Van Slyke is in center field and Miguel Rojas is starting at shortstop against rookie right-hander Jesse Hahn when the Dodgers host the San Diego Padres tonight at Dodger Stadium.
Though manager Don Mattingly isn’t exactly hoping this becomes a trend, it might be too late. Van Slyke has started three of the last five games in center field over Andre Ethier, and four of the last eight. Typically the starter against a left-handed opponent, Van Slyke is starting for the second straight night against a righty.
“In general Dre just seems like he doesn’t have the same energy. He hasn’t felt good body-wise,” Mattingly said. “There’s lots of little things. One thing usually is the building block to another and to compensate, you’ve got another issue. It’s really just trying to get that stuff kind of resolved.”
As for shortstop Hanley Ramirez, he’s started only one of the last five games at shortstop because of inflammation in the A/C joint in his right shoulder. He’s only played one complete game at shortstop since June 16 — he was the Dodgers’ designated hitter once in Kansas City and twice in Detroit in the meantime.
The Dodgers selected the contract of infielder Miguel Rojas from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena to Albuquerque, while transferring right-hander Chris Withrow to the 60-day disabled list.
Rojas’s first game will mark his Major League debut.
The 25-year-old infielder was batting .302 with nine doubles, four homers and 13 RBI in 51 games at second base (eight games), third base (16 games) and shortstop (23 games) for the Isotopes. Rojas has been on a power surge of late, with all four of his home runs coming during his active eight-game hitting streak (.412, 14-for-34) that preceded his call-up.
Withrow had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow Tuesday.
Arruebarrena appeared in six games for the Dodgers after the club selected his contract on May 21, batting .308 (4-for-13) with a double and one RBI.