Monday, June 30, 2008

Timing of Andruw Jones' Return from DL No Coincidence

The Dodgers' site last evening reported the return schedules for the seemingly endless list of players currently on the disabled list (excluding Juan Pierre, who suffered a knee injury in Sunday's 1-0 loss). And casting a large shadow on that list (literally) is center fielder Andruw Jones:

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will have some roster decisions on their hands in the next week as a plethora of injured players are expected to return. p>Shortstop Rafael Furcal (lower back soreness) and infielder Nomar Garciaparra (left calf) could return by next weekend in San Francisco, and outfielder Andruw Jones (arthroscopic right knee surgery) is expected back after the All-Star break.


Jones' rehab will include returning to Los Angeles for the weekend to rest before going back to Vegas for eight more games.

Which got me thinking, okay, right after the All-Star Break, which means Jones will return for a three-game road series in Arizona. Why would Jones pick that series for a return? The answer lies in the D-backs' promotional schedule:

But of course, it's Carne Asada Sunday, in which $45 gets you a post-game celebration with food and entertainment! We all know that an $18M salary can allow one to afford a $45 entry fee for a carne asada food spread.

The question is, can Dodger fans afford the return of Andruw Jones, his expansive belly and and his .165 batting average, again dragging down the lineup?


Eric Karros said...

I truly wonder what we can expect from Jones in the 2nd half. This gives me an idea...

Orel said...

I thought only Nomar was allowed to have Carne Asada Sundays.