Dodgers setup Luis Cruz for a phantom DL stint because they can’t risk losing him or something


Seemingly out of nowhere, Dodgers third baseman/shortstop Luis Cruz has bone spurs in his throwing elbow.

Dodgers infielder Luis Cruz said he was available to play Sunday after being unavailable Saturday night because of a bone spur flare-up in his right elbow.

Cruz said he has three spurs in his throwing elbow, and they occasionally pinch a nerve.

“Since I was 11, I can’t straighten my arm, and once in a while, this happens, and I just have to let it rest,” said Cruz. “My brother has it and my father has it. But it’s good today. I took swings, it’s fine.”

Convenient timing since Cruz has literally been the worst hitter in the MLB in 2013, and because there’s about to be a roster crunch as veteran players return from the DL.

No conspiracy theory to see here, though, say the Dodgers:

Manager Don Mattingly assured reporters that Cruz’s injury had nothing to do with the need to clear a roster spot for the activation of infielder Mark Ellis.

“This is real,” Mattingly insisted, moments before the club optioned catcher Tim Federowicz back to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Ellis.

Of course they have to say that, and I believe Don Mattingly and Cruz when they say that he’s hurt. However, put it this way, I doubt this would have been brought up as an issue if he was hitting .320 with five homers.

Plus, with Jerry Hairston Jr., Scott Elbert, and Ted Lilly due back sooner than later, something will have to be done with Cruz, as he’s clearly the absolute last option off the bench. It seems the team has settled on a DL stint, which is dandy and all, but I fail to see the risk of just designating him for assignment once and for all.

Honestly, what’s the big loss if another team decides they want to take a chance on him?

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