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Here's a day most everyone had seen coming since, oh, April.
The Dodgers knew they were gambling going into the off-season, counting on Luis Cruz as their starting third baseman. By the end of April it was clear the gamble wasn't going to pay off, Cruz batting just .089.
Things got no better in the next two months, so on Friday the Dodgers finally did what seemed inevitable, designating Cruz for assignment to activate Scott Van Slyke off the disabled list.
Cruz, a journeyman infielder who earned the Dodgers' shaky trust after hitting an unexpected .297 in the second half last season, never could get it going this year. He had started only twice in the last 12 games and hadn't played since June 19.
Cruz, 29, can become a free agent if the Dodgers cannot find a trade partner and he then clears waivers.
But since he's batting only .127, with .175 slugging and .169 on-base percentages, it's safe to say the market will be on the thin side. After clearing waivers, he could accept a minor league deal with the Dodgers, if it's offered, as Bobby Abreu did last year.
Cruz was a brief sensation last year, but had been a hole in their roster all this season. He looked exactly like a guy who had bounced around the minors for 12 seasons. Injuries to other players kept Cruz around longer than logic dictated, but with the roster getting closer to full strength, Cruz was done.
The addition of Van Slyke, who had been on the disabled list since June 11 with shoulder bursitis, gives the Dodgers an additional outfielder and someone who can also spell Adrian Gonzalez at first base. Assuming that actually happens again someday.
Van Slyke was hitting only .221 before going on the DL, but at the time was second on the club in home runs with six in 24 games.
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As the Dodger win streak moves on, the team is moving on from a sort of cult figure heading into the weekend as well.
Luis Cruz, who hit .297/6 HRs/40 RBIs over a 2 1/2 month stretch last year and won many admirers amongst the Dodger fan base for his hot hitting and slick fielding, has been designated for assignment.
Cruz was batting .127 with 1 HR and 6 RBIs this season and had...
The Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in the basement of the ultra-competitive National League West. Still, Los Angeles is determined to upgrade its roster, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN, specifically at starting pitcher and third base.
Dodgers determined to up-grade 3B and pitching over next five weeks
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) June 25, 2013
When it comes...
Yasiel Puig may have taken Major League Baseball by storm, but NL All-Star manager says the phenom still has to prove himself if he wants to play in the midsummer classic.
Josh Beckett‘s season is over.
The Dodgers right-hander, who has not pitched since May 13, has elected to undergo surgery to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, which has caused nerve irritation near his neck and resulted in numbness in his pitching fingers.
Dallas-based Dr. Greg Pearl will perform the surgery on July 8, the team announced Friday, sidelining Beckett for three to five...
The Blog finds itself at LoanMart Field (better known as The Epicenter) in Rancho Cucamonga, CA for tonight’s game between the Dodgers’ High-A affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and the Lancaster Jet Hawks as part of a group game for the University of Redlands School of Business Rancho Cucamonga Campus group game and family night, which was organized by The Blogger himself.
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Justin Miller has been found dead at the age of 35 and the cause of death remains a mystery.Miller's body was found Wednesday night in Palm Harbor, Fla., the place he had been living since 2002, and his death was confirmed Friday by his sports agent.Miller spent seven seasons in the big leagues while pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays, Miami...
Bored with baseball, Yasiel Puig takes up a new sport.
The Blog doesn’t have a lot to say about last night’s 16-1 embarrassment against the Philadelphia Phillies.
So we’ll focus on the one positive here, and let the readers off easy.
Skip Schumaker pitched a scoreless 9th inning. Brushed batters back. And got the last guy he faced to strike out. Schumaker was the only Dodger pitcher last night to not allow a run.
The last time the Dodgers pulled a series sweep of any team this season was opening weekend against the Pirates.
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The Los Angeles Dodgers pulled out a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night, thanks to the walk-off heroics of A.J. Ellis.
A night after drubbing the Dodgers 16-1, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Cliff Lee matched up in a battle of dominant left-handed starters.
The Phillies didn’t waste any time getting on the board on Saturday: second baseman Chase Utley continued...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A.J. Ellis hit an RBI single in the ninth inning, Hanley Ramirez hit a tape-measure, three-run homer in the first against Cliff Lee and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Saturday night. Philadelphia's Chase Utley homered in his first two career at-bats against Hyun-Jin Ryu. But the Dodgers won for the seventh in eight games,...
John Lannan had three hits and pitched seven solid innings as he Philadelphia Phillies blasted the Los Angeles Dodgers 16-1 Friday night in Los Angeles. It was the worst home loss for the Dodgers since playing in Brooklyn. I'll just let the box score speak for itself this time...
Pretty sure this is the first game of the season every starter in the lineup recorded a...
Yasiel Puig doing something remarkable is becoming so common that it hardly qualifies as news anymore.
The young Cuban phenom seems to be able to handle just about every pitch thrown to him. If he makes a play that looks bone-headed, he usually makes up for it an inning or two later by making a play that drops jaws. A hard throw to get a runner taking an extra base. A diving...