Ned goes dumpster diving one more time during dog days of August. This time he has picked up Justin Germano from the Texas Rangers and deposited him in Albuquerque. Germano is a 32 year old right-handed starting pitcher who has spent lots of time going back and forth between AAA and the MLB. That experience will come in handy within the Dodger organization.
Why did Ned feel compelled to do this type of manuever? He loves diving into dumpsters? Well, yes, but besides that we have a lack of depth of starting pitchers. Stephen Fife is having Tommy John surgery. Zach Lee has regressed on his K/BB ratio. Matt Magill is, well, Matt Magill.
Roberto Hernandez (aka Fausto Carmona) is all set to start the first game of this weekend’s series against the Milwaukee Brewers. This leaves us all wondering what other pitchers will Ned Colletti pick up during the “waiver/trade” month of August? Rumor is that he is shopping for a “swing-man” that can handle both long relief and spot starts, to replace Paul Maholm. We could also use some more starting pitching depth, in case of injury or in case Dan Haren forgets which changes he made before Wednesday’s game against the Angels. Other than that, we definitely could use some real help in the bullpen, somebody we can slot in ahead of Brandon League and Brian Wilson.