A week ago, Elian Herrera was a 27-year old career minor leaguer, one who had never even been invited to a major league spring training camp. Now, Herrera is potentially a key member of the Dodgers' lineup.
Herrera was promoted to the Dodgers on May 14 when third baseman Juan Uribe was placed on the disabled list with a left wrist injury. Now the Dodgers will be without starting second baseman Mark Ellis for at least six weeks as well after Ellis had to have emergency leg surgery on Saturday.
Herrera has started four of the last six games for the Dodgers, three at second base and once at third. The Dodgers value his versatility.
"I have seen Elian so much in spring training the last few years, and every time he came over he got hits," manager Don Mattingly said last week. "He's played center field, he's played right, left, second, short, third. It sounds like he's been good everywhere."
In Class AAA Albuquerque this year, Herrera was hitting .358 with a .381 on-base percentage w...