Don Mattingly has named Kenley Jansen closer following Brandon League being Brandon League and imploding in a save situation yet again.
When asked how he would get the ball to Jansen, Donnie Baseball said something you’d prefer your manager to not say publicly:
With Jansen closing, how will Dodgers get the ball to the 9th inning? Mattingly: “That’s a great question.”
Jansen is obviously the better pitcher, but what’s most important is not simply removing League from “save situations”, as a game could need saving in the 6th, 7th, or 8th inning.
What Don needs to do is not put League in high leverage situations, at least in the interim, wherever and whenever they present themselves.
Scott Van Slyke hit the 15-day DL with shoulder bursitis. Alex Castellanos was recalled to take his place.
Ted Lilly hit the DL yet again, and Matt Magill was recalled yet again to take his place in the rotation.
The Dodgers on Sunday made official what was reported on Saturday, that Ted Lilly was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a neck sprain and Matt Magill was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to start the series finale against the Braves at Dodger Stadium.
Magill was then sent back to AAA as Justin Sellers was called up.
Sellers was then sent down, with Chris Withrow being recalled from AAA.
Hopefully Withrow finds success quickly in the bigs, as it would give Mattingly a late-inning option other than League and not named Jansen or Paco Rodriguez.
Two minor-league promotions, as Duke Von Schamann heads from High-A to AA Chattanooga, and Rob Rasmussen gets the call to AAA.
Duke might have the greatest name ever.
Two minor-leaguers were released, with Alfredo Amezaga being the only noteworthy one of the pair.
Released: RHP Travis Jones, SS Alfredo Amezaga
For better or worse, he was never a real threat to make the club at any point.