Steven Rodriguez moves fast and why can't Dodgers hit lefties?


Reliever Steven Rodriguez was packing for a trip to Jackson, Miss., when he got a call from Double-A Chattanooga manager Carlos Subero. While the team was going to Jackson, Rodriguez would be heading a little further west.

“I left so many things,” Rodriguez said. “I just grabbed a bunch of clothes and said, ‘Let’s go.’“

It’s fair to say the timetable has sped up a bit for Rodriguez, whom the Dodgers drafted out of Florida in the second round just three months ago. The Dodgers need a second left-handed reliever to go with Randy Choate now that Scott Elbert is on the disabled list.

Rodriguez, 21, had three saves and a 1.32 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 15 games for Chattanooga.

“I didn’t expect this,” Rodriguez said. “Now, I’ve got to go out and do my job.”

Meanwhile, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly admits he's a bit befuddled at the Dodgers' offensive funk.

He's particularly galled that the Dodgers have struggled so badly against soft-tossing, left-handed pitchers, guys like Mark Buehrle, Jeff Francis, Tyler Skaggs and Eric Stults. They're facing Clayton Richard, a lefty who throws with a bit more velocity, tonight. They'll see another finesse left-hander, Barry Zito, Sunday in San Francisco.

"We're kind of seeing the same guy and not making enough adjustments," Mattingly said.

Here are lineups for Wednesday's game:

San Diego

Everth Cabrera SS

Will Venable RF

Chase Headley 3B

Carlos Quentin LF

Yasmani Grandal C

Yonder Alonso 1B

Logan Forsythe 2B

Cameron Maybin CF

Clayton Richard P


Mark Ellis 2B

Shane Victorino LF

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Matt Kemp CF

Hanley Ramirez SS

Andre Ethier RF

Luis Cruz 3B

A.J. Ellis C

Aaron Harang P