DENVER -- The Los Angeles Dodgers again are feeling the pinch at the shortstop position.
On Sunday, a sunscreen-necessary one at that in the Mile High City, the Dodgers placed Erisbel Arruebarrena on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip flexor and recalled infielder Carlos Triunfel from Triple-A Albuquerque before the team’s series finale against the Colorado Rockies.
After coming in for Hanley Ramirez during Friday’s contest here, Arruebarrena apparently injured himself running on an eventual ground ball out during his first at-bat in the sixth inning. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly let Arruebarrena finish the game though, saying the shortstop felt fine until he woke up Saturday morning.
“Yesterday, when he came in, he just wasn’t able to do anything,” said Mattingly, who played Ramirez, a health concern in his own right, for all nine innings in Saturday’s 8-7 loss to Colorado.
Arruebarrena, who is 5-for-16 at the dish for L.A. this season, will head to Arizona to get a MRI on his hip later this week. His replacement, Triunfel, is 2-for-13 and has a home run in 10 games with the Dodgers this season.
The Dodgers gave Miguel Rojas the start at shortstop Sunday, with Ramirez getting the day off.
Who’s in the ASG?
“One thing I will say about the All-Star Game, making it as a young player, you come back with a lot of confidence,” Mattingly said. “You come back into the season, the second half of the season, with a different confidence.”
Asked if he really believed Puig would come back from the ASG in Minneapolis feeling “even more confident,” Mattingly had to retract a bit.
“He may be an exception; he’s pretty confident already,” Mattingly laughed. “He doesn’t seem to lack in confidence.”
Down Under understanding
Mattingly wouldn’t blame the early series in Sydney, Australia, for team’s rough start.
“I can’t go back and guess that,” Mattingly said. “I think we have a rhythm now, definitely. But I can’t be guessing about Australia and blame it on that.”