Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Carlos Marmol Makes His Way to the Big Club - Are Dodgers Just Being Careful with Jose Dominguez?

In some news that causes me to scratch my head, the Dodgers just announced that veteran reliever Carlos Marmol has been brought up to the Dodgers.  On the next available flight out of town will be youngster Jose Dominguez.  Per a Dodger press release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected the contract of right-handed reliever Carlos Marmol from Double-A Chattanooga and optioned right-hander Jose Dominguez to Triple-A Albuquerque. Marmol, 30, was acquired along with cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs on July 2 in exchange for right-hander Matt Guerrier. The Dodgers also acquired international signing bonus slot No. 92 valued at $209,700 from the Cubs as part of the deal.

Marmol, who will wear No. 49, has made five minor league appearances (0-0, one save, 3.60 ERA) since being acquired by Los Angeles, allowing two runs in three appearances with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga (3.0 IP) before being promoted to Double-A Chattanooga on July 18, where he tossed 2.0 hitless, scoreless innings. The native of the Dominican Republic last pitched on Sunday, striking out one and throwing 17 pitches (nine strikes) in a scoreless frame at Birmingham (White Sox).
I thought Dominguez pitched very well for a greenhorn, so it was shocking to see this develop.  On the other hand, he might be aching a bit.  Dodgers Nation noted on twitter that he limped after his relief appearance last night.

And Ken Gurnick on twitter shared that he tested his quad this morning without any discomfort.

Obviously, the Dodgers were concerned enough about Jose that they opted to take it easy on him.  It's hard to say if this is the right move for now, but I can't blame them for doing this; especially considering what a horror this season has been for the health of individual players.

Clearly, they are just being careful.

UPDATE:  As I suggested above, Jose Dominguez is actually injured.  He has not been sent to AAA.  Instead, he is on the 15-day DL, via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com.

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