It's bad enough that the Dodgers can't get one injured starter back without losing another, as they did this morning when Juan Uribe assumed Rafael Furcal's spot on the disabled list. It's bad enough that the team can barely survive when a pitcher gets a quality start, and completely collapses when a starting pitcher falters, as Jon Garland did yesterday and Hiroki Kuroda did today. It's bad enough when losing even marginal players like Aaron Miles for a couple of days drastically depletes the bench.
But to lose Andre Ethier, and on a ball hit to the wall by Juan Pierre? That takes the cake. We have officially reached the low point in the season, so far, for the 2011 Dodgers.
The Dodgers lost 8-3 to the White Sox, dropping yet another series in an American League park, their seventh loss in their last nine games, and 14th in their last 21 contests.
Ethier crashed into the right field wall in the bottom of the fourth inning, and suffered injuries to his back and left big toe, according to the Dodgers television broadcast on Prime Ticket. Ethier stayed in the game for one play, but that play was a pop fly to right field that Ethier could not track down, a single by Alexei Ramirez. Manager Don Mattingly removed Ethier from the game at that point, in the middle of the inning, in favor of Tony Gwynn Jr.
Ethier suffered a right elbow contusion, a lower right back contusion, and a sprained left big toe. He is listed as day-to-day.
Later in the inning, Pierre scored on a sacrifice fly on a close play at the plate, and appeared to inadvertently spike catcher Rod Barajas in the right wrist. Dioner Navarro pinch hit for Barajas in the top of the fifth. X-rays on the right wrist of Barajas and the left big toe of Ethier were both negative, so at least there is some good news. Barajas has a sprained right wrist, and is listed as day-to-day.
It is unknown whether any roster moves will be needed for Ethier, Barajas, or even Miles, but don't be surprised if an Albuquerque to Houston flight in the next day or so is more crowded than usual.
Jerry Sands, who before his pulled home run on Saturday hit just four of his 32 balls hit into the outfield to the left of center, continued his new-found pull-happy ways, hitting three singles to left field and a double to right field. Sands is hitting .289/.396/.467 in May
- James Loney had two hits and a walk, including a double for the third straight game. Don't look now, but Loney has an eight-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .333/.394/.500 with five doubles.
- Loney also had a Mark Sweeney moment in the top of the second inning. He was on first base with one out when Rod Barajas popped a ball to just behind first base, maybe 30-40 feet away, but Loney inexplicably strayed too far off first base and was doubled off first to end the inning.
- Alexei Ramirez was 4-for-5 today with two doubles, a home run, and five runs batted in today. Ramirez also had two doubles on Saturday. The last player to have two doubles against the Dodgers in successive games was Joel Youngblood, on September 27-28, 1986
WP - Edwin Jackson (4-5): 5 2/3 IP, 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts
LP - Hiroki Kuroda (5-4): 5 2/3 IP, 9 hits, 6 runs (4 earned), 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
Sv - Matt Thornton (2): 2 IP, 1 hit, 1 strikeout