After Manny left last night’s game @ Cincinnati with a calf injury, the Dodgers decided to place him on the 15-day DL effective today. The news couldn’t come at a worse time. Manny has been swinging a hot bat as of late batting .415 with 12 RBI and two home-run (including a two-run go-ahead shot in last week’s series finale over the Giants).
The move means Los Angeles will bring up outfielder Xaxier Paul from Triple-A Albuquerque for tonight’s game against the Washington Nationals. Paul has also been putting up McDonald’s numbers in the Pacific Coast League this season, hitting .361/.409/.574 with 18 runs scored in 15 games.
The Dodgers will also activate left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo after placing reliever Jeff Weaver on the 15-day DL. Weaver left the Dodgers’ 14-6 victory over the Reds on Wednesday night because of back spasms; the 33-year-old has received the brunt of the action in the Dodger bullpen this year going 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in nine appearances. There was a stretch of games where he pitched in six out of seven straight contests.
The 27-year-old Kuo has been on the disabled list since the start of the season because of soreness in his left elbow. Kuo can be pretty nasty when he’s healthy, but his appearances are rather infrequent. He was 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 35 games for the Dodgers in ’09.