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Dodgers turn to Bobby Abreu with Juan Rivera injured

May 10, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Bobby Abreu was signed as a bench bat, but he may be in line for regular starts as the Dodgers left fielder thanks to Juan Rivera‘s hamstring injury.

Rivera, who’s been splitting time between first base and left field, was placed on the disabled list after hitting just .247 with a .634 OPS in 25 games. Abreu’s lack of range at age 38 will hurt the Dodgers’ defense, but he remains capable of getting on base at a good clip, particularly if spotted mostly versus right-handed pitching.

Triple-A call-up Scott Van Slyke could also see some starts in left field and a platoon between the lefty hitting Abreu and righty hitting Van Slyke would make sense for manager Don Mattingly.

  1. yournuts - May 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Bobby Abreau can flat out rake. The Dodgers will be fine.

  2. singingfriar - May 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    YOU’RE nuts.

  3. nicosanchez02 - May 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Can he play first base? Pretty please!

    • SmackSaw - May 10, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      I can’t see how Loney still has a job. Kasten has to get a first baseman. That and sign Ethier to an extension.

      • lanflfan - May 10, 2012 at 3:51 PM

        Agreed on both, but there isn’t much out there right now on the trade market for 1B.

        I think the Either decision waits until the offseason (not really my choice) since the new owners will want to take a hard look at him AND his asking price. Andre is not worth as much as he thinks he is, and its possible some team will overpay, but I see no reason why something can’t be worked out. And Kemp wants it to happen.

  4. AlohaMrHand - May 10, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Scott Van Slyke is HUGE!let us hope he has both his dads bat and glove.

  5. SmackSaw - May 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Vin Scully as always LOVED Abreu. He’s beside himself whenever he steps to the plate. It’s far different from when Manny played for the Dodgers. I could tell he didn’t like ManRam at all.

  6. dodger88 - May 10, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    Van Slyke has played 1B in the minors so it would appear he’ll platoon with Loney as opposed to Abreu, especially if Abreu can reach base at a decent clip. Loney seems completely lost at the plate so I am up for Abreu and Van Slyke starting games with Gwynn and Loney coming in for defense in the latter innings.

    • lanflfan - May 10, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      Loney looks and sounds lost, and flirting with the Mendoza line isn’t helping. Though riding pine might not help at all, at some point sticking a kid in there equals out the same.

      I’d still like to see Jerry Sands back in LA, but Van Slyke deserves a shot. I imagine, given his track record, Stan Kasten is not afraid to let prospects play over the “proven veteran” crap that McAsshat and Needle Head Ned insisted on.

      At least Loney’s glove has value, but I see no way James is resigned.

  7. kpow55 - May 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    One Big Market team’s trash is another Small Market’s team treasure

    • lanflfan - May 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      I’d hardly call Anaheim a “Big Market”, even with Disneyland, considering their owner felt the need to put “Los Angeles” in their name, then bury Anaheim after. Guess we know where he would rather be.

      Speaking of the red headed stepchildren, are they still looking UP at the rest of the power house AL West? And how is that ROI on their Pujols investment coming along? The bandwagon of angels fans should stick to worrying about their team.

    • foreverchipper10 - May 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      Are you really saying that the Los Angeles Dodgers are a small market team? Am I reading this correctly?

  8. kpow55 - May 10, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Top 5 in attendance since Arte took over???

    I agree the bandwagon is overcrowded with new comers this year who are probably wondering where Reggie Jackson and Nolan Ryan are. A bit irritating at times to normal fans but what can you do?

    But watching the Dodgers decent into 2nd fiddle status is spitefully enjoyable.

    Yes Pujols hasn’t exploded yet, it’s coming. In his slump he’s getting constant coverage like he’s OJ in a white Bronco. The Dodgers are at their apex for the year and few care. They will care even less after their inevitable June implosion and July fire sale.

    Dodger’s are not a bad tam but continually shoot themselves in the foot post all star break. Frank is gone and new ownership steps in…. For their sake I hope Magic is more of a figurehead and less of a decision maker.

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