Opinion of Kingman's Performance

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mark Ellis - Emergency Surgery

Mark Ellis' injury is much severe than thought.  As reported by our friend Ron Cervenka from ThinkBlueLA.com on Saturday who was present at the pre-game and post-game press conferences, Dodger trainer Sue Falsone announced that he required emergency surgery in Saturday to relieve pressure on his lower leg.  He'll be out a minimum of six weeks.

Mark Ellis injured on hard slide by Tyler Greene on May 18th (photo by Jayne Kamin Oncea/US Presswire)

With the rash of injuries that have now hit the team, there are very few infield candidates left in the minor leagues that are ready for a call up.   Aaron Miles has been in Albuquerque for one game and Alex Castellanos has been sitting for a  month with this years latest injury trend - a pulled hamstring, (where have you gone "oblique" injury?).

The Dodgers are definitely in a buying mode with regards to infielders, but passed on the available Orlando Hudson who is now a Chicago White Sox and Blake DeWitt, who cleared waivers and was demoted to the Chicago Cubs AAA affiliate in Iowa after the 10 day waiting period since he's out of options.  For a team in first place with the best record in baseball, they certainly have some problems in the infield.  Now is the time for the kids to step up.  Justin Sellers, Dee Gordon, Ivan DeJesus Jr., Elian Herrera are getting their chance to shine.

Aaron Miles may soon be seeing Major League action (photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Jerry Hairston Jr. is due to return on Wednesday and we're going to see a lot of Adam Kennedy's uppercut swing in the next  few weeks.  There really isn't any other option. I predict that Aaron Miles, (a player that was looking to play Independent ball for Mike Marshall with the San Rafael Pacifics a few days ago), will be the Dodger second baseman in a matter of a days if some of the kids don't improve significantly. 

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