— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 21, 2014
That’s a fine move but what in the heck is going on with Paco Rodriguez?
This move isn’t all that surprising when you consider that Figgins, who was signed to be a utility man for the team, has only played in a handful of games this season, mostly as a pinch hitter, and has only had 9 at-bats on the season. Meanwhile, due to the shortened pitching staff and weird early season schedule, the Dodgers bullpen is being overworked. Now, with another reliever in place, the Dodgers are carrying 13 pitchers, 8 of whom are relievers. This will change once Clayton Kershaw is taken off of the disabled list; however, for the time being it makes sense. What doesn’t make sense to me is why Ned Colletti and Stan Kasten have decided to stash Paco Rodriguez in the minors an re-call Dominguez.
This is Dominguez’s second stint with the ball club this season. So far this year he has thrown three innings, allowed four earned runs, and posted an ERA of 12.00. He’s walked two and K’d five. In Albuquerque Dominguez has pitched in three games, posted an 0-1 record, and an ERA of 3.00 with a save. Rodriguez, on the other hand, had a 3.18 ERA with the Dodgers this season in 8 appearances. He threw 5.2 innings while striking out 5 and allowing 2 walks. Also, Rodriguez is a lefty-specialist with significant experience in big time situations, especially for a young pitcher. The Dodgers currently only have one lefty in the bullpen, J.P. Howell.
I can’t understand why the Dodgers continue to keep Rodriguez in the minors when he has been an effective reliever for the Dodgers over the course of his career. But, then again, I have no idea why Brandon League is still employed at all. Maybe the Dodgers have a bigger plan in place, but for now it looks like their making some mistakes with the management of the roster. Only time will tell if the Dodgers management knows what they’re doing.