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Dodgers' Blake likely to start season on DL

Posted on: March 21, 2011 9:05 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:09 pm

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Casey BlakeThe Dodgers will likely start the season without third baseman Casey Blake, who has been out with a strained back and rib cage since March 12. It appears he will begin the season on the disabled list.

"We're definitely moving in that direction," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters (via the Los Angeles Times).

Blake, 37, hit .248/.320/.407 for the Dodgers last season, with 17 home runs and 64 RBI.

It appears the Dodgers will move Juan Uribe to third and Jamey Carroll at second, opening a roster spot for veteran Aaron Miles.

Miles, 34, is hitting .343/.343/.629 this spring. Miles was cut by the Reds last spring and picked up by the Cardinals, playing 79 games with St. Louis in 2010. He hit .311/.317/.627 for Tony La Russa, playing all over the infield -- and even making two pitching appearances (allowing no runs in two innings).

Or, the Dodgers could go the young route and keep 23-year-old Ivan De Jesus Jr. De Jesus is hitting .303/.333/.364 this spring, but Mattingly has said the team would like to have him playing every day in Triple-A. He is rated the Dodgers' No. 14 prospect by Baseball Prospectus. The team could have him as the starting second baseman and use Carroll in his regular backup role.

The team also has defensive specialists Juan Castro and Eugenio Velez in camp.

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Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:41 pm

Dodgers' Blake likely to start season on DL

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 12:16 pm

Dodgers' Blake likely to start season on DL

Why do the Dodgers wait so long to give a prospect a regular spot in the line up?  Hu was the top prospect for a couple years and never got a chance.  Blake DeWitt was given one shot and then was never given another opportunity to play regularly.  They never really gave Andy LaRoche a shot.  When are they going to give DeJesus Jr a chance to prove himself at the major league level?  Eventually he will be traded after he no longer has much trade value.  Everyone knows that age is a factor in establishing a players value or potential.  As Ivan DeJesus gets older and has not had any success at the major league level he will not have as much trade value.  Either way it is best to know sooner rather than later if he has what it takes to be a productive starter at the major league level.  You draft a player, give him a signing bonus, invest time and money at the minor league level and then you never get any trade value or production at the major league level in return.  What a waste!!
Do the fans really want to see Miles or Carroll play regularly?  I don't think so.  We already have another older and non-homegrown player starting in the infield, Uribe.
GIVE THE YOUNG PROSPECTS A CHANCE!  Let's see what Mattingly can do to develop a young player, a player that is not already established in the majors.
I am tired of seeing this pattern over and over again.

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