From MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick comes word that center fielder Matt Kemp and shortstop Hanley Ramirez are back in the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks.
This will be Kemp’s first start since he suffered a severe left ankle sprain on July 21. He has appeared in only 63 games this season and has registered a wretched .262/.317/.380 slash line, but the Dodgers are hoping he’ll be able to contribute something positive down the stretch and into the playoffs.
Hanley had been out since last Thursday because of an irritated nerve in his lower back. The 29-year-old is batting .342/.390/.634 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI in 79 games played this season for National League West-leading Los Angeles.
There’s a saying that goes “nothing good ever happens after 2AM.” It can also be said that nothing good ever happens after, say, week 5 or 6 of spring training.
Today, for instance, are a lot of inconsequential games. Those are neutral. Then there are a rash of these sorts of incidents which just went down today, all of which are bad:
Archer seems to be OK for now. Moncada walked off his thing and went back into the game. We’re still waiting to hear on Bumgarner and Ichiro. If there is anything serious with them we’ll update as we learn things.
But really, guys: Spring Training is too long. Even in a year like this one, when it’s a tad shorter than usual because of an early start to the regular season. Everyone who was gonna get their timing down well enough to make a big league roster has already done so. If someone isn’t healthy and in playing shape now, they’re not gonna be six days from now for Opening Day. The cake, as they say, is baked.
All that can happen is possessed-by-the-devil baseballs attacking unsuspecting players and injuring them in meaningless exhibitions. Let’s cease all baseball now until the regular season starts. Out of an abundance of caution.