Tuesday, August 28, 2007
- As the Dodgers fade from the chase, I'm not sure if they can't look back to the trade deadline as where it all went horribly wrong. The front office issues have shaken Tommy Lasorda loose from his career of talking Cubs fans out of trees and back into a more active role, according to several sources. "He's Tom Hagen now," I was told.
On the field, the problems revolve around finding offense. They won't get it with Nomar Garciaparra. While he could come off the DL mid-week by rule, the calf strain will take a lot longer to heal. He's not running yet and there's some suggestion that if the team falls much further out of the race, Garciaparra will be shut down in order to free up some at-bats for younger players in September.
- The Angels have had a bushel basket of injuries in a lot of UTKs this season so why should this busy weekend be different? Juan Rivera should be back when rosters expand, though his running is no better, which makes him a bench player and occasional DH at best. Bartolo Colon was effective, but a bit wild, in his first rehab start. One observer called him "not close" to a return. Chone Figgins is going to miss at least a couple more days with wrist problems. Surprisingly, throwing is as much a problem as hitting for the wrist. Casey Kotchman will lose time after a hand injury. While he won't go to the DL, Kendry Morales figures to pick up a lot of playing time. The Angels have seen how much a hand injury can affect a batter for the next month and they have the Mariners in their mirror. Finally, Mike Napoli is about a week away from restarting his rehab. The Angels' Salt Lake affiliate looks to make the PCL playoffs, so Napoli will likely be there by the weekend.