Andre Ethier exited Wednesday’s game in the first inning with what is being called a strained oblique. A right fielder with a strained oblique means his out for two weeks, minimum. As if the offense wasn’t bad enough, losing another big bat isn’t going to help an offense that just got swept by the Giants without scoring one run against them. Ridiculous!
With Kemp expected to be out another two weeks, minimum, just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, ta-da! Here we are. The Dodgers are in serious trouble if they can’t turn things around soon. Just look at the Phillies, you can’t continue win games consistently without the key contributors. The Dodgers are now 2-8 over their last ten games. Ethier, Kemp, can it get any worse?
Asking Juan Rivera, Bobby Abreu, A.J. Ellis, and Jerry Hairston to carry this lineup seems ridiculous doesn’t it? That’s because it is. Elian Herrera has been a diamond in the rough for the Dodgers, but he’s no savior, he’s been a great jolt for the offense, but he certainly can’t carry it.
Dee Gordon has had his struggles in his rookie season, although he has been stepping his game up a bit as of late, regardless, at least he’s not making $8MM like Juan Uribe, who’s done absolutely nothing but hurt the offense every time he gets to the plate. James Loney and his $6.38MM salary aren’t helping a whole lot either. Guess what you get when you put $8MM and $6.38MM together? Watch out, I’m going to do some math, $14.38MM. That’s Hanley Ramirez money ladies and gents, I don’t know about you but something seems a bit wrong here.
Perhaps this will force the Dodgers to make some changes. I think it’s time for Colletti to get on the phone and find us a nice, brand new, shiny bat. One that hits the ball, drives in runs, oh and hits the ball out of the infield, that always works out well for an offense. The Dodgers definitely need some offensive help and they are going to have to deal some of their pitching surplus in order to get it. The question at this point is, is one bat enough?
The good news is Mark Ellis should be returning in July, which will allow the Dodgers to put Uribe on the bench where he belongs. Ellis is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment soon, Kemp isn’t too far behind. With Loney and Uribe not carrying their weight, Ethier and Kemp expected to miss at least two more weeks, Mark Ellis’ return will be much welcomed, but he’s a role player, nothing more.
So how many bats? I’m thinking two, trade and upgrade Loney, that’s the obvious one. Loney has got to go, he’s obviously no longer part of the long-term solution in Los Angeles, so it’s time for the Dodgers to finally make the long overdue change. 3B seems to be the other obvious, but I could still see the Dodgers upgrading left field and putting Rivera and Abreu over at first. There are plenty of names in the rumor mill that could help the Dodgers, so Colletti needs to make it happen, tick-tock Colletti, time to get down to business.