Mientkiewicz on the Mend
One of the moves the Dodgers made at the beginning of the month was to reinstate utility infielder Doug Mientkiewicz from the 60-day disabled list. Mientkiewicz was first place on the disabled list on April 17 after dislocating his right shoulder when sliding to second base head first on a double.
During his stint on the disabled list Mientkiewicz took to Twitter as @dougiebaseball tweeting his favorite Metallica lyrics, describing his drive to and from rehab assignments and other various mundane inanities.
Mientkiewicz even received an autographed picture of right fielder Andre Ethier sliding into second base which he hung above his locker.
"To Doug," Ethier's message begins, "Feet first hands up when you slide. Andre Ethier."
A box of Kleenex with his number 26 written on it now hangs next to the picture. I'm still puzzled as to what it's for.
Despite the unbearable lightness in the Dodger clubhouse, Mientkiewicz busted his chops to get back on the field.
"The bottom line is I'm going to whatever I can to get out there," Mientkiewicz told us media scum with a Red Bull in hand.
Despite that he knows the limitations his body gives him.
"I want to be able to throw real bad," Mientkiewicz continues. "I'm not going to play hero. I'll be honest with Joe [Torre]. He deserves that, he's been great to me."
On September 2 pinch hitting in the sixth inning, Mientkiewicz hit a single with one out. He was then forced out at second on a grounder by shortstop Rafael Furcal.