Matt Kemp went 0-for-3 for Rancho Cucamonga tonight and now is hitless in 11 at-bats, with a bunch of strikeouts and I’m thinking only one ball hit out of the infield, in his first three games. The good news is the Quakes did win in extra innings, helping their cause as far as getting to the California League playoffs, so that could buy Matty some more time on his rehab. Put it this way, if he continues to struggle as much as he has against Single-A pitching, the Dodgers aren’t going to feel any sense of urgency to activate him, especially at a point when it isn’t entirely clear where he is going to fit into the picture anyway.
By the way, to clear a 40-man roster spot for the Michael Young trade, the Dodgers moved Josh Beckett to the 60-day disabled list. But that doesn’t preclude them from adding someone from outside the 40-man for tomorrow’s first round of September callups. They could still move Jose Dominguez or Shawn Tolleson to the 60-day.
By the way also, Yasiel Puig‘s picture-perfect throw to nail Rene Rivera at the plate in the fourth inning tonight — which was absolutely huge in what became a one-run victory for the Dodgers — was his seventh outfield assist of the season, tying him for the 12th-most in the National League despite the fact he has played in just 78 games.
Day game tomorrow. Dodgers aren’t expecting Young to be here, but the first round of September callups will be here, I’m thinking. I’ll try to get here as early as possible and get them up as quickly as I can once it becomes clear who they are.
Good night, everyone.