FYI: If you’re currently involved in a criminal conspiracy with Joe Girardi and a bunch of other guys and you can feel the heat starting to come down, you can probably assume that Girardi is the snitch:
“The reason I made that pitching change is that I didn’t want (Bruney) to throw a ton of pitches and not be available (today),” Girardi said. Girardi said he wanted Bruney to be kept to around 20 pitches (he threw 18). He also said he’d talk to Bruney about the rough outing. Bruney has 10 walks in his last 12-1/3 innings. “The guy’s not trying to walk people there,” Girardi said. “We’ll keep working. We’ll get it straightened out.”
Only problem was that the pitching change involving Bruney took place int the ninth inning. Joe Girardi was ejected from the game in the fifth. Ergo, he should not have been making pitching changes.
Note to Girardi: always be careful when using your out-loud voice.
The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.
The Tampa Bay Rays have activated outfielder Kevin Kiermaier from the 60-day disabled list.
Kiermaier, who fractured his hip in early June, is batting leadoff and playing center field in tonight’s game against the Mariners. He was just 3-for-24 on his rehab assignment, but those aren’t usually predictive of anything. He was hitting .258/.329/.408 when he went down. Getting his bat — and, more importantly, his glove — back in the lineup will boost the struggling Rays in their quest for a playoff spot.