Dee Gordon was given a chance to fill in at shortstop this month after Hanley Ramirez went down with a hamstring injury, but the Dodgers demoted him to Triple-A Albuquerque this evening after he hit just .175 in 19 games.
Gordon hit .265 (9-for-34) with one home run, four RBI, five walks, and six stolen bases over his first nine games, but he went into a 2-for-29 funk over his final 10 games. The 25-year-old now owns an underwhelming .251/.296/.308 batting line and a .605 OPS through 162 games in the majors. It’s tough to use that game-breaking speed when you can’t get on base.
Ramirez could begin a minor league rehab assignment later this week, but the Dodgers appear content to move forward with Nick Punto and Luis Cruz at shortstop. By the way, Dodgers shortstops are batting just .194/.280/.279 with a .558 OPS this season. Only the Mariners have had worse production from the position.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.