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The major league Dodgers have suffered through their rash of debilitating injuries.
With both Jon Garland and Vicente Padilla out for the season, Ted Lilly nursing a sore elbow and Jonathan Broxton struggling to return to game-ready form, numerous prospects have been rushed up to the big league club and tossed on to the mound.
Now, Rubby De La Rosa has been placed in a major league starting rotation perhaps a season too early. At the beginning of this season, Javy Guerra was barely becoming the Double-A closer and now he is being called upon as the Dodgers go-to guy in the ninth inning.
Finally, and most incredibly mind-blowing, Scott Elbert was considering retirement only months ago, never thinking that he would have a .217 batting average against as a valuable member of the Dodgers bullpen.
As for the minor leagues, there have been numerous injuries to pitchers throughout the organization.
Carlos Monasterios (pictured here) remains on the shelf, probably for the rest of the season. Fellow Triple-A starting pitcher lefty Alberto Bastardo, a 27-year old finesse pitcher, has been out for over a month and is not scheduled to return any time soon.
This has left the Albuquerque Isotope pitching staff thin, resting a lot on familiar faces like John Ely, Jon Link, Ramon Troncoso and Travis Schlichting. Left-hander David Pfeiffer, 26, has been promoted from Double-A Chattanooga to fill out the staff and provide depth.
At Double-A Chattanooga, the only two major injuries are the ones to closer Steven Ames, who at 23 was climbing his way through the system quick rapidly, and third baseman Pedro Baez, who truthfully was really starting to disappoint many believers who thought he would be the guy to take over the hot corner for the Dodgers come 2012 or 2013.
Baez has not played since May but was only batting .210 at the time. Ames began the year at High-A Rancho Cucamonga and excelled during his time, forcing the Dodgers to promote the 23-year-old flame thrower to Double-A after only two months.
He possessed a 1.65 ERA before going down with an injury in late June. Ames’ Rancho teammate Aaron Miller, a top 10 organizational prospect and a hard throwing left-hander, has also been out of commission since June, albeit earlier June, and the Dodgers wish to see this 24-year-old return healthy and quick, because at 24, his time to progress is decreasing.