Tuesday tidbits: Rasmus, Ludwick, Holliday, Lohse, Smoltz

By Matthew Leach

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On with the tidbits from Dodger Stadium, where of course it’s another perfect night. There are very, very few better settings for baseball than this place. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend making a trip sometime.

* Colby Rasmus has significant swelling in his tonsils and generally isn’t feeling good. That’s why he’s not in the lineup tonight. It’s unclear exactly what his condition is, or how long he’ll be out, but he would have been in there if he were well.

“I started to feel it a little bit yesterday, and the night we got off the plane when we got here,” Rasmus said. “I felt all right yesterday, but today it’s worse. My tonsils are huge right now.”

Ryan Ludwick also has some kind of bug, but to a lesser degree. He’s hoarse and not in tip-top shape, but playable.

The combination means that Matt Holliday is in the lineup. Holliday, who fouled a ball off his toe last night, said he’s feeling fine today. Still, with Billingsley on the mound, TLR had intended to play both Rasmus and Rick Ankiel in the outfield tonight. Instead, Rasmus sits and both right-handed hitters play.

* Kyle Lohse threw a bullpen today and remains on track for a Friday start. He said he lost feel for his pitches in his last start, but declined to attribute it solely to any lingering forearm issues.

* ESPN.com reported tonight that John Smoltz is “strongly leaning” toward signing with the Cardinals once he clears release waivers.

Today’s playlist is all L.A.-related:
Guns N’ Roses, “Rocket Queen”
Motley Crue, “Home Sweet Home”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Taste the Pain”
Rage Against the Machine, “Know Your Enemy”
Metallica, “The Four Horsemen” (they were formed in L.A.)



the 5th spot in the rotation is scary. would TLR go to a 4 man rotation in playoffs ? PLEASE ?

Get well soon, Raz and Luddy, and don’t infect anyone else in the clubhouse, okay?🙂

Decidedly mixed emotions here at the prospects of picking up Smoltz for the stretch run. There is much to be said in favor of having him: current RHs in the bullpen are unimpressive beyond Franklin and Hawksworth, “veteran leadership” (overrated though it may be…) must be useful in a stretch run, and it’s a classy gesture to a future Hall of Famer. Balanced against this is one simple fact: Boston wouldn’t have let him go if they thought he could still get guys out, and the last thing we need is more right-handed punching bags in the pen. It probably won’t hurt to give him a try, but I’d caution against high expectations.

And toad, don’t worry: with modern travel (read: accommodate TV) schedules for the post season, NOBODY uses a 5-man rotation there any more.

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