Fun thing about being on Twitter all day is that when something happens you get hundreds of people rushing to make all of the jokes and the profound observations as soon as humanly possible. And so it was with that earthquake that just hit the east coast. Within five minutes we had:
- 1,245 “hey, did everyone feel that earthquake?” tweets;
- Many “we felt it [insert increasingly distant places from the coast]” tweets;
- Countless “you guys are total wusses” tweets from the west coast;
- Many un-tweeted but certainly thought “don’t bitch next time it dips below 60 degrees, Californians” sentiments;
- A handful of remembrances of the 1989 World Series quake from old baseball writers; and
- Our own D.J. Short lamenting that the quake has disrupted his trip to Chick-Fil-A. Never forget.
Anyway, this has nothin’ to do with baseball, but I don’t have coworkers here with whom I can waste my day, so let’s use the comments thread to remember The Great East Coast Quake of 2011.
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.