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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Former Giant Players Keep Marching In

Jonathan Sanchez pitching for the Royals last year, may soon be wearing Dodger blue as the injuries continue to mount with the Dodger pitching staff.

Juan Uribe, Kurt Ainsworth, Jason Scmidt, Jose Cruz, Ramon Martinez, Bill Mueller, Brett Tomko, Shea Hilenbrand, Mark Sweeney, Roberto Hernandez, Shawn Estes, Jack Taschner, Russ Ortiz, Justin Miller and Eugenio Velez.  Most names you are familiar with as members of the hated rivals up north.  They also have another thing in common as they each signed contracts with the Dodger organization sometime in their careers.  All these former Giant players were signed by Ned Colletti since he came over to the Dodgers to start the 2006 season.  That’s 15 guys, and I’m not counting Jeff Kent, as he was a DePodesta signing, though Colletti extended his contract later.  So make it 16.

Ned Colletti continues his fixation with all things orange and black by signing Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league contract today.  Sanchez, released by the Pirates this year for overall ineffectiveness, will report to Albuquerque and join the Isotopes rotation this week.

Never has there been a former Giant that Colletti won’t take a serious look at.  Sanchez has been worse than awful the past two season, going 0-12 with a 9.12 ERA.  Always on the wild side, is it possible that Dodger coaching can fix this guy?  Let’s hope so because Josh Beckett just landed on the D.L. with a groin injury today just as Zack Greinke came off of it.

That Dodger pitching staff, starting the year at Camelback Ranch with nine starters is now down to two guys that haven't been victim to significant injury so far, and it's May 15th.  Casualties include Ted Lilly, Chad Billingsley, Stephen Fife, Chris Capuano, Zack Greinke, and now Beckett.  The only guys staying relatively healthy have been Kershaw, and Ryu.  That’s an incredible string of rotten luck.

In all honesty, I'm sort of relieved that Beckett has been diagnosed with injury.  He hasn't been right since that CG loss at Arizona early in the season.  An injury explains his sub par performances.  Hoping he heals up and returns at 100%.

In all honesty I can’t remember a team smitten with so many injuries as the 2013 Dodgers.  When you consider that the season is only 38 games old, there has to be some sort of record being set here.

The Dodgers certainly aren't out of the woods on the injury front.  I watch tonight's game with some trepidation because it is quite the story to see Greinke returning from a fractured collarbone that was quite extensive in a matter of a little more than four weeks.  This is a crucial start and if Greinke falls back to injury, be looking for the Dodgers to reach deep into AA and call up someone like Zack Lee well before he's fully prepped for the big leagues.

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