Injuries Continue to Mount for the Dodgers
Early in the Dodgers 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies, fans in the right field pavilion hung a banner that read "Fear LA". It seems that heading into the playoffs it is the Dodgers who have some things to fear.
For one, Matt Kemp was in manager Don Mattingly's original lineup. It wasn't until I looked out into centerfield and noticed the centerfielder was white that I knew something was wrong.
Kemp was a late scratch from the lineup, a "precautionary" measure for left ankle soreness. And by late, it wasn't "until five minutes before the game started," Mattingly said.
"I woke up and my ankle was a little sore," Kemp said. "It didn't loosen up so I didn't play."
"We didn't really want to push that," Mattingly explained. "We were being a little cautious."
Anyone who has followed the health of the Dodger outfielders this season will have a sense of dread right now. Kemp with his leg problems. Hanley Ramirez with this nerve irritation. Andre Ethier and his shin splints. Adrian Gonzalez and his quads. Yasiel Puig and his shin. Carl Crawford and his hamstrings. Nick Punto and his ingrown toenail. Who am I missing?
"Hanley doesn't concern me because he'll be ready to go," Mattingly reassured. "Adrian doesn't concern me because he'll be ready to go."
If you say so.
"I don't know how much good it will do me to be nervous and worried about it," Mattingly continued about Kemp's injury. "I feel like he's going to be ready to go."
Mattingly did admit that Kemp is not going at full speed. "We're not going to get the 40 bags type of guy," he said. "We're not going to be that, but we're still going to be pretty good."
We've heard Mattingly's predictions before when it came to player health, so take the comments for whatever they're worth.
- This 1-0 game took three hours, 11 minutes and had eight pitching changes combined. The Rockies used six pitchers.
- The Dodgers will not have a winning record in the NL West this season. They are currently 37-38 in the division. At best they will finish .500 in the division with a win tomorrow.
- For some good news, the Dodgers sold out their 28th game this season which ties their 2004 mark. They already announced a sellout for tomorrow's game which is their most since 1983 when they had 37 sellouts.