Monday, August 06, 2012

Dodgers DFA Gwynn, But Hold On To Urine

I know Tony Gwynn Jr. wasn't exactly lighting it up from the plate of late, but designating him for assignment today, when we've got a useless tub of lard who has been eclipsed at his position still sitting on the bench, seems absurd. Alas, so it is:

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Gwynn was designated for assignment on Monday after the Dodgers recalled the hot-hitting Jerry Sands from Triple-A Albuquerque.

With the addition of Shane Victorino and the returns of a healthy Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, Gwynn's role had been diminished to that of a pinch-hitter in late-game situations, as he was no longer needed as a defensive replacement. Before being designated for assignment, Gwynn was in an 0-for-13 slump that dated back to July 23.

Gwynn has only started three games since the All-Star break, and he went 2-for-15 in those starts. He was a valuable replacement in center field while Kemp was on the disabled list, but overall, he was batting .232 in 103 games after cooling down offensively.

Sands makes his second appearance with the Dodgers this season after a recent stretch of lighting up Triple-A pitching. On July 29, he became just the fifth player in Pacific Coast League history to hit two grand slams in a game.

The 24-year-old outfielder is batting .476 with six homers and 21 RBIs since July 27. He hit .200 with two doubles and an RBI in eight games in May. In 69 Major League games, he has four homers and 27 RBIs, and a .248 average.

Sands, and Urine. Sounds to me like the Dodgers are about to get a case of the kidney stones.


Neeebs (The Original) said...

Nice guy, but really no place to play him. He has little or no value as a pinch hitter.

Kennedy/Uribe up next when AK comes off the DL?

Pride of Dong said...

I keep coming back to this, all day long it keeps popping into my head, TGJ and BA both DFA'd...

Like last year when they kept bringing Eugenio in, it just doesn't make any sense to keep urine around....