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Silver Lining: Injuries Have Provided Opportunity For Dodgers Bullpen

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Kenley Jansen has been outstanding of late in the back end of the Dodgers bullpen, at a time when the team needed all the help it could get.
Kenley Jansen has been outstanding of late in the back end of the Dodgers bullpen, at a time when the team needed all the help it could get.

To say the Dodgers are battling injuries is an understatement. They currently have eight players on the disabled list, and it looks like two more are out today. Both Juan Uribe, who strained his left hip flexor Friday night, and Aaron Miles, who missed the last two games with a sore rib cage, are out of today's lineup. It is unknown whether or not they are available to pinch hit if needed. If Uribe and Miles aren't available, the Dodgers' bench is down to Tony Gwynn and Dioner Navarro.

Four of the eight disabled Dodgers are relief pitchers, but the ones who are active -- no, not you Lance -- have picked up the slack. Here are the Dodger bullpen numbers in may for the seven current members of the bullpen:

Current Dodgers Bullpen In May
Reliever IP H R BB K ERA WHIP
Guerrier 8.1 8 2 4 8 2.16 1.440
Jansen 6.0 3 0 3 9 0.00 1.000
MacDougal 6.0 7 2 4 5 3.00 1.833
Guerra 3.0 2 0 0 3 0.00 0.667
Elbert 2.2 1 0 0 5 0.00 0.375
Troncoso 1.0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
Cormier 3.2 6 4 0 2 9.82 1.636
Totals 30.2 27 8 11 32 2.35 1.239

Five different Dodgers have recorded a save this month, including Jonathan Broxton and Vicente Padilla, who are both on the disabled list.

Lineups

With all the injuries, the Dodgers starting rotation has been pretty much a rock all season. Jon Garland, today's starter, is the only one to miss a start this season, and he only missed one, back in April. Garland, who pitched for the White Sox for eight seasons and was a big part of their World Series win in 2005, has pitched five straight quality starts. He has a 3.24 ERA in 25 innings over his last four starts, but is 0-2 because the Dodgers have only scored six runs while he has been in the game during that span.

Jerry Sands gets a start today with the left-handed Mark Buehrle on the mound, and Sands is playing left field. Andre Ethier is today's designated hitter, getting the day off without the day off that Matt Kemp received Friday night. Jay Gibbons is in right field in place of Ethier. Last night's hero Russ Mitchell gets his third straight start, playing third base today.

Adam Dunn, the primary DH for Chicago, is making his third start of the season at first base today.

Dodgers White Sox
SS Carroll LF Pierre
2B Castro
SS Ramirez
DH Ethier 1B Dunn
CF Kemp DH Konerko
C Barajas RF Quentin
LF Sands
C Pierzynski
1B Loney CF Rios
RF Gibbons 3B Vizquel
3B Mitchell 2B Beckham

P Garland P Buehrle

Game Time: 11:10 a.m.

TV: KCAL, MLB Network

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