Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dodgers to recall Sellers to take Gordon's spot

Dee Gordon was placed on the disabled list after re-injuring his shoulder on Tuesday night against the Phillies.

Tony Jackson of ESPN LA reported Justin Sellers will be called up to take Gordon's spot. I thought Ivan DeJesus would get the call, but I'm pleasantly surprised to see Sellers get the nod. I made a case for Sellers to be on the Opening Day roster back in January.
"What do the Dodgers have to lose by giving Sellers a shot as the 25th man? Sure he wouldn't get as much playing time as he would in Triple-A, but he could surprise some folks and be a valuable glove off the Dodgers' bench."
This was before bringing Aaron Miles in as a non-roster invitee and while he's been surprising, it would have been nice to get Sellers some MLB experience.

Sellers is, at best, a Carroll-type utility player in the majors. He hit .304/.400/.537 with 14 home runs in the hitter-friendly-confines of the Pacific Coast League. In fact, his numbers are nearly identical to last year's numbers, except for the batting average, which subsequently increases his on-base percentage and slugging percentage.



Sellers will be the seventh player to make his MLB debut this season, joining DeJesus, Gordon, Jerry Sands, Rubby De La Rosa, Nathan Eovaldi, Javy Guerra and Josh Lindblom.

Don't expect Sellers to put up anywhere near the numbers he has at Albuquerque, but he should be a decent backup middle infielder.

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Mark Timmons of L.A. Dodger Talk has two video interviews with Garrett Gould and Zach Lee. Check them out here and here.

Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness has a nice back-and-forth involving Clayton Kershaw and Ted Lilly.

DodgerBobble recaps his experience at Duke Snider bobblehead night.

Jon Weisman has his eighth edition of Dodger Cogs and Dogs, featuring the incredibly inept Eugenio Velez.

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