It turns out that a senseless brawl can be sort of costly. Who knew? The latest Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher to be sent to the disabled list, or as the Dodgers might call it, the other starting rotation, is Chris Capuano. As an added bonus to this little calf injury, he traces the injury back to the beloved brawl between the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres where Zack Greinke was hurt. Capuano says that the calf was hurt worst, or aggravated during the fight. Isn’t that just great?
I’m being sarcastic of course. The poor Dodgers have like six guys listed on the DL at once and a lot of them are starting pitchers. Who would have figured when they were laughably carrying nine starting pitchers in spring training, that they might actually run out? At this rate they could run completely out of pitchers by the middle of May.
If nothing else comes out of this deal, maybe there will be some unsung heroes step up and have a huge year in the rotation. I’m thinking about guys that were low on the list of nine like Stephen Fife. Fife deserved a shot before Greinke anyway and with Capuano out too now and Ted Lilly not back yet, I think he Fife deserves the official rotation spot. Give it to him until someone else out performs him. If no one does then there you go.
Whether or not Fife gets a permanent spot or Lilly returns soon, the Dodgers have really been affected negatively by the brawl aftermath. They came into the Clayton Kershaw game riding a three game losing skid and are hoping their ace can stop the bleeding. Maybe next time someone charges the mound against the Dodgers, hitting coach Mark McGwire will meet him half way to the mound. He could be tasked as the special brawl stopper guy. No matter what happens, it is clear the affect of this brawl on the Dodgers will last a heck of a lot longer than the eight games that Carlos Quentin was suspended. To quote Don Mattingly, something’s wrong with that.