Changes Still Needed for Stretch Run

Even though one trade deadline has passed, the Dodgers may be forced into making several roster adjustments for the stretch run.

    Olmedo Saenz has produced over the years for the Dodgers but the longest running member of the team is mired in a season long slump and his days may be numbered.  With the team needing to replace the late Bill Robinson as minor league hitting coordinator, it might not be a long-shot that Saenz shift from player to coach, making space for a right handed hitter off the bench, a guy like the Orioles Kevin Millar.   

The same might be said for longtime backup infielder Ramon Martinez, another player not hitting his weight. Bringing the more youthful Tony Abreu back from Los Vegas surely has crossed the minds of the Dodgers brain-trust.   

With Randy Wolf now likely gone for the season, the Dodgers probably are wondering if they can afford a pitching staff that includes Brett Tomko and a 42 year old retread reliever (there are retreads upon retreads on the guy) as well as 40 year old Rudy Seanez. Baltimore's Steve Traschel surely will be on waivers and is likely to clear them. There are others who could start for the suddenly pitching short Dodgers.   

The NL west has four teams in the hunt with two of the four likely to get into post season play. There's enough on the table to justify some continued tweaking of the roster. GM Ned Colletti must feel like he has been bitten more than has share and must wonder if he is the new poster boy for pit bulls.   

When the Dodgers went ahead and called up Delwyn Young, they exhibited beyond the shadow of the doubt they are willing to make changes. Could infielder Andy Laroche hit less than Olmedo Saenz right now?   

Baseball can often be a heartless sport and it is definitely a "what have you done for us lately" sport. Saenz has to hear the footsteps of time and unless he hits and hits soon, the tiny patter of little feet will begin, if they already haven't, should like the cacophony of an army on the march.   

The hesitation to pull the plug and move on cost the Dodgers and Chad Billingsley an undeserved 1-0 loss the other night. It's got to make some folks nervous - and it ought to.  

There is little sympathy for Brett Tomko, said to be slightly taken aback by being booed after a very bad first inning. Doing the job he is being paid very well to do will end the boos in a heartbeat. Continuing to flounder will only make the boos louder and earlier.  What was he expecting, cheers for being lousy?  He ought to thank his lucky stars he wasn't performing  in New York or Philadelphia.