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In last night’s Dodger victory over the Giants to sweep a 3 game series, Dodgers reserve infielder Doug Mientkiewicz slapped a pinch-hit RBI double down the right field line and then made a horribly awkward and completely unnecessary dive into second base, severely dislocating his right shoulder in the process (pictured above).  At the time of the dive, no infielder was even within 20 feet of the second base bag.

Back in the clubhouse, Dodger trainers popped his shoulder back in, but then it popped right back out again, meaning Mientkiewicz is probably headed for surgery.

Sucks for Mientkiewicz, but what really makes this so frustrating for Dodgers fans is what Mientkiewicz cost the team.

Manager Joe Torre insisted the Dodgers sign Mientkiewicz to a minor league contract in the offseason (because Joe loves what he knows, and he knows Mientkiewicz from when he managed him back on the Yankees), and Torre was then bound and determined to shoehorn Mientkiewicz onto the major league squad, no matter how much Mientkiewicz did not fit in with the rest of the roster.

“I like how he is not afraid to get his shirt dirty,” Torre said back in late March.

But of course, forcing Mientkiewicz onto the roster ultimately meant that the Dodgers had to trade away Delwyn Young to Pittsburgh, only to have Mientkiewicz tear up his shoulder on a ridiculously foolish play just two days after the trade.

So now the Dodgers have no Delwyn Young *and* they’ve lost Mientkiewicz, so they’ll have to call up either Blake DeWitt or Xavier Paul, both of whom would be much better served getting at-bats every day than riding the pine in the majors.

But Torre was right about one thing. Mientkiewicz definitely was not afraid to get his shirt dirty.

7 Responses to “Mientkiewicz grits his way on to the disabled list”

  1. Robert Tyson says:

    I KNEW IT! I was watching on MLB.TV last night, and as soon as I saw the play, and the injury, I nudged my poor, ill, sleeping wife and said “UmpBump is going to be talking about this tomorrow!!!!”

    She didn’t care. Tonight, I will tell her how RIGHT I was. She still won’t care.

  2. again.. your love affair with delwyn young… cant you atleast wait til this guys proves to even be an average major league starter before you started blasting the manager and GM for trading him? geez… I have absolutely no problem with putting mientkiewicz on the roster, he hit all spring and was hitting to start the year. He can play multiple positions and play them WELL and has a ton of experience… why exactly would you NOT want him on the bench?

  3. Nick Kapur says:

    Jim, which brand of crack are you smoking? By no means does Mientkiewicz “play multiple positions and play them WELL”. He basically only plays first base, which is the most easily replaced position. Pittsburgh tried to play him at third base last year and he was terrible there.

    Look, Delwyn Young may end up a total bust but we don’t know that yet and it makes no sense to trade away a younger, more versatile player who is clearly a better hitter in order to keep reserve first baseman who can’t hit, just because Torre thinks he has more “grit.”

  4. Look, Delwyn Young may end up a total bust but we don’t know that yet and it makes no sense to trade away a younger, more versatile player who is clearly a better hitter in order to keep reserve first baseman who can’t hit, just because Torre thinks he has more “grit.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    a younger more versitile player? young has “basically” only played OF by your mathematics… if you are only giving mientkiewicz credit for only being a 1B then how in the freakin world can you give a guy with less than 200 AB’S TOTAL in his career the tag line of “versatility”?!? thats amazing to me… and I will take a guy who has proven he can atleast contribute over a 27 year old prospect who has less than 200 AB’S and you classify as “Versitile”.. when will you wake up and realize that you are looking at this from a completely jaded point of view?

  5. Nick Kapur says:

    Jim, if Mienkiewicz and Young were both 26-year old cost-controlled youngsters or were both 34-year-old journeymen, then you *might* have an argument. Maybe. (But even then, outfield is worth more than first base and Young is still a better hitter than Mienkiewicz).

    But as it is, it’s comparing apples to oranges. Young still potentially has upside, whereas Mienkiewicz is what he is, and doesn’t really even fit onto the roster defensively. Unless you consider “grit” and “veteran leadership” pressing needs for the Dodgers.

    It is just plain silly to give up cost-controlled young talent solely in order to squeeze Doug Mientkiewicz and Juan Castro onto your roster to satisfy Joe Torre’s whims.

  6. Jim, if Mienkiewicz and Young were both 26-year old cost-controlled youngsters or were both 34-year-old journeymen, then you *might* have an argument. Maybe. (But even then, outfield is worth more than first base and Young is still a better hitter than Mienkiewicz).^^^^^^

    First off, they ARE NOT both 26 or 34 so why even mention that? nothing here is equal, so why would you even make the statement? odd … young is NOT a better hitter than mienkiewicz… you want to know why?? because young has 166 career AB’s with a line of .265 .330 .392 … atleast Mientkiewicz has over 3200 career AB’s and has hit and won gold gloves… how can you make the argument young is a better hitter?? this guy hasnt done ANYTHING in the majors and already you want to start calling him a better hitter… simply amazing…27 year old”prospects” fail ALL THE TIME! young very well could become just another in a long line of prospects who hit at AAA and fail at the MLB level, he has proven nothing yet. I also find it funny you mention all these guys but dont bring up laroche… is it because we got manny back in the deal and that doesnt fit into your “point”? or because it shows the holes in your fabricated “story”?

    But as it is, it’s comparing apples to oranges. Young still potentially has upside, whereas Mienkiewicz is what he is, and doesn’t really even fit onto the roster defensively. Unless you consider “grit” and “veteran leadership” pressing needs for the Dodgers.<<<<<<<
    Ill take mienkiewicz and what he has proven over 3200 AB’S rather than 27 year old young who has 166 AB’s in his career… and this whole, “he doesnt fit in defensively” thing is puzzling to me… how many back-up 1B/3B do you see on this roster?! and yes I do consider things like Grit, leadership and experience as pressing needs for ANY team… and if all it takes is a 27 year old who has career 166 AB’s for it, I will make that deal…

    It is just plain silly to give up cost-controlled young talent solely in order to squeeze Doug Mientkiewicz and Juan Castro onto your roster to satisfy Joe Torre’s whims.<<<<<<

    why is this silly? I will give a world series winning manager whatever he wants… especially if all we are talking about is a 27 year old 5th string OF… I mean really, I find it pretty amazing that you can sit there and 2nd guess these guys about a guy who wouldnt even start for the dodgers… a guy who was blocked at EVERY position… where exactly did you see young playing in the future?!? a future that better not be to distant because as I have said, he is 27 years old! and your “cost-controlled” is irrelevant considering mienkiewicz was barely making more money and young was out of options… so there goes your “cost” and your “control”…

  7. Ump Bump has a bump in his pants when he thinks of Delwyn Young.

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