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Kemp, Schmidt injured

So I had Schmidt in my pool for preseason Dodger injuries (http://www.minorleagueball.com/comments/2006/12/19/164153/17/27#27) but definitely not Kemp.

However, if either/both of these two are injured for substantial periods of time, it will make for some interesting decisions.

If Kemp is out, does Loney get the call to play outfield in his stead? Little and Colletti's reasoning for keeping Kemp over Loney to begin with was the need for righthanded bats in the outfield, with Repko injured. If Loney is promoted, there's no obvious platoon, considering the other three OFers are LoGo, Ethier and Pierre (oh.....and Marlon Anderson and Brady Clark). On the other hand, it's not entirely clear who else would be promoted ahead of Loney. Delwyn Young (a switch hitter) is the most obvious promotion. Alternatively, LaRoche might be promoted, though it seems talk of him moving to the outfield temporarily has disappeared, so this seems unlikely. Perhaps Abreu will be promoted (which Little had talked about earlier) and Ramon Martinez will be moved to the outfield? In my book, all bets are off. I have no idea. But it will definitely make for some interesting drama. It's also quite disappointing, since Kemp was showing some major improvements in plate discipline this year (http://www.minorleagueball.com/comments/2007/4/7/152416/7628/2#2).

And, speaking of drama, we can ramp up the Billingsley talk again if Schmidt is hurt. When he left the game today, Hendrickson filled in and pitched quite admirably (in case you were wondering, Billz pitched two innings on Sunday). If you had to guess, Hendrickson would get the call over Billingsley, to avoid messing with his development. Of course, D.J. Houlton is still sitting in the minors, as is Chin-Hui Tsao (though he's more likely to be promoted as a reliever to replace Schmidt's roster spot).

Anyway, thoughts on who will be promoted, assuming these injuries are serious? And how many more Dodgers need to get injured before the logjam is resolved?

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