Dave Eiland might be coming back to the team just when they need him. He helped get Javier Vazquez back on track, and on Tuesday he’ll surely get to work on A.J. Burnett, who’s struggles began on exactly the same day Eiland began his leave of absence.
“It could (make a difference) and I sure hope so,” Joe Girardi said. “Obviously it’s important for us to get A.J. back on track.”
Girardi said he let Eiland have his space these past few weeks. The two have talked several times, but Girardi didn’t try to pick his brain about the pitching staff or try to push him to come back at a certain time.
“I think you’d have to put someone on a deserted island with no TV and papers if you’re a baseball guy not to have an idea what’s going on,” Girardi said. “As much as he was taking care of the stuff he needed to take care of, he was aware of what was going on.”
Girardi said he anticipates Eiland being with the team the rest of the season.
“It’s good to be whole again,” he said.
• It’s hard not to notice a trend with Chan Ho Park lately. “We don’t feel that multiple innings is an issue, but it seems like the last couple of times it’s been the second inning that’s gotten him,” Girardi said “We might have to (limit him to one inning), but when we acquired him we thought he was a two-inning guy and it wouldn’t be an issue, because that’s what he’s done in the past.”
• Girardi said he’s comfortable starting Curtis Granderson against a left-handed starter today, even though he pinch hit for Granderson against a lefty last night. “Kuo’s numbers against left-handers are probably better than anyone in the major leagues, and I was going for the three-run homer,” Girardi said. “I have no problem with him in there today. I’ve been pretty happy with his at-bats against left-handers.”
• Girardi’s not sure when he’ll do it, but it’s fairly certain Alex Rodriguez will DH at least one game on the upcoming home stand. Might not be Tuesday, though.
• As Girardi was talking to the media, the Dodgers pitching staff was going through batting practice. “I wonder if this is a sad day for CC,” Girardi said. “No more BP.”
Rafael Furcal SS
Ronnie Belliard 2B
Andre Ethier RF
Manny Ramirez LF
Casey Blake 3B
James Loney 1B
Russell Martin C
Reed Johnson CF
Clayton Kershaw LHP