Sunday, April 7, 2013
Luis Cruz on the bench after slow start
By Mark Saxon
LOS ANGELES -- Luis Cruz is going to have to sit and wait for his chance to snap out of his early slump and Ramon Hernandez is going to have to wait to make his Los Angeles Dodgers debut.
Manager Don Mattingly started Juan Uribe at third base and Tim Federowicz at catcher for Sunday's series finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The idea is to get Cruz a day off from thinking about his 0-for-17 season-opening slump and to give Federowicz one start before he is sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque, probably on Wednesday.
Cruz said Saturday night he was feeling "jumpy" at the plate and Mattingly says he thinks he is trying too hard to get his first hit of 2013.
"You can't let 17 at-bats affect your next 300 or your next 50," Mattingly said.
The Dodgers traded pitcher Aaron Harang for Hernandez on Saturday. He was back at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., wondering what the next turn in his 14-year major-league career would be. Hernandez had been designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies near the end of spring training.
"It was weird. For the first time ever, I didn't really know what was going to happen," Hernandez said. "I was just excited I got traded to the Dodgers. It's a new year, a new team and a fresh start."
Hernandez, 36, will be the Dodgers backup catcher. He will wear No. 33 initially, but he is in negotiations with reliever Matt Guerrier to get back his traditional number, 55.
Here are the rest of the lineups for Sunday:
1. Starling Marte LF
2. Neil Walker 2B
3. Andrew McCutchen CF
4. Gaby Sanchez 1B
5. Michael McKenry C
6. Pedro Alvarez 3B
7. Jose Tabata RF
8. John McDonald SS
9. Jeff Locke RHP
1. Carl Crawford LF
2. Nick Punto 2B
3. Matt Kemp CF
4. Adrian Gonzalez 1B
5. Jerry Hairston Jr. RF
6. Juan Uribe 3B
7. Tim Federowicz C
8. Justin Sellers SS
9. Hyun-Jin Ryu LHP