Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 25

by Marc Keller | Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2015
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For Baseball Hot Corner’s articles to be recognized by Google, they put a requirement on all blogs that each post/article should be 300 words or more.  That’s usually not a problem for major breaking trades or free agent signing news.  But sometimes, there are trades and signings that do happen that are interesting, but might not need the requisite 300 word analysis.  Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t go unnoticed, which is why Baseball Hot Corner is proud to provide you with:  Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words.

If you missed last week’s install, click on the link here (Click Here – ).

Throughout the season, we will continue to report any and all roster moves that are worth reporting, in addition to minor leaguers getting called up, sent down, and other possible lineup moves that may be of interest.  And of course, the fine writers of Baseball Hot Corner will report any and all major news stories on its website

Monday, June 1, 2015:

The Milwaukee Brewers have activated All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the 15-day DL.  He will undoubtedly assume his starting catcher spot immediately.  Lucroy had been on the DL for the past five weeks with a broken big toe.  It seems timely that the Brewers have decided to active Lucroy from the DL, as the team is on the verge of a mass garage sale of their players, and Lucroy could be a prized piece another team is eyeing.

More high-profile injury news, the Texas Rangers have placed starting third baseman and All-Star Adrian Beltre on the 15-day DL with a sprained and lacerated left thumb.  In a corresponding move, the Rangers recalled highly-touted third base prospect Joey Gallo from Double-A Frisco.  Gallo has been on a tear in Double-A – hitting .314/.425/.636 triple-slash, with 9 HR’s, 31 RBI’s, and a 1.061 OPS – and Rangers fans have been anxiously awaiting his arrival in Arlington.  Rangers GM Jon Daniels stressed, however, that it is more than likely that Gallo will be sent back down to the minors once Beltre is healthy enough to return from the DL.  But as we all know, if Gallo mashes in these next two-to-three weeks and with the Rangers teetering on the cusp of a playoff berth, Gallo could make it very hard for the Rangers front office to send him back down.

The Miami Marlins have optioned former closer Steve Cishek to Double-A, yes, Double-A.  Cishek lost his closer job to A.J. Ramos after struggling mightily to start this 2015 season.  However, a demotion all the way to Double-A seems like a bit of a slap-in-the-face to Cishek.  I mean, do the Marlins think that he is struggling so bad and his confidence is so shot that he couldn’t even handle Triple-A hitters?

Lastly, to circle back on a story in last week’s column, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced that starting catcher Tuffy Gosewisch will miss the remaining 2015 season, as his injured ACL is reportedly a tear and will require surgery to repair.  This injury now paves the way for Jarrod Saltalamacchia to get some regular playing time.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015:

The Philadelphia Phillies have released outfielder Grady Sizemore.  It is unknown what teams might be looking at signing Sizemore at this time.  I have a sad feeling that Sizemore will be our generations poster child for “what could have been…”

Otherwise, it was a slow day in the world of baseball.  Check out the great articles by our fantastic writing team at our Baseball Hot Corner website:

Wednesday, June 3, 2015:

The New York Yankees have reinstated off-injured starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka from the 15-day DL and announced that he will start today’s game against the Seattle Mariners.  Tanaka has been dealing with forearm tightness ever since the end of last season, but instead of opting for season-ending Tommy John surgery, Tanaka has chosen to use rest and DL stints for the injury.  Since his forearm injury is not a full-blown tear of the tendon, surgery is not necessarily required.  The Yankees starting rotation will gladly welcome Tanaka back with open arms.

The [Seattle] Mariners and [Arizona] Diamondbacks pulled off the first big trade of this 2015 season, as the D-Backs have sent outfielder Mark Trumbo and starting pitcher Vidal Nuno to the Mariners for catcher Wellington Castillo and a trio of prospects:  reliever Dominic Leone, outfielder Gabriel Guerrero, and shortstop Jack Reinheimer.  For more in-depth analysis on the trade, check out our website

We had a lot more injury news today in baseball, so we will fire though them rather quickly here.  The Rangers have sent starting pitcher Matt Harrison to Triple-A Round Rock for a rehab assignment.  With the Rangers starting to play some good baseball, the addition of Harrison to the starting rotation could be a nice boost.  The Tampa Bay Rays have sent young starting pitcher Matt Moore to Charlotte in the Florida State League to start his rehab assignment and begin to work his way back to the major league ball club.  The New York Mets have reinstated starting pitcher Dillon Gee from the 15-day DL, creating what now appears to be quite an interesting logjam in the Mets starting rotation.  The Cincinnati Reds have placed outfielder Marlon Byrd on the 15-day DL with a fractured wrist.  Byrd was hit by a pitch in the right wrist and x-rays revealed that the injury resolved in a fracture.  The Chicago Cubs have placed young promising outfielder Jorge Soler on the 15-day DL with a sprained ankle.  He should be back after is requisite stint on the DL.  And lastly, the Baltimore Orioles are getting some old battery mates back as they have sent both starting catcher Matt Wieters and starting pitcher Bud Norris to Triple-A Norfolk for rehab assignments.

Thursday, June 4, 2015:

The Washington Nationals have reinstated third baseman Anthony Rendon from the 15-day DL.  Rendon had been on the disable list since the spring training with a sprained knee and will make his 2015 season debut.  Rendon, who had a great 2014 campaign and finished 5th in the NL MVP Award voting, is a young, promising star in MLB, so he’s presence will be welcomed with opened arms.

After a rousing and stellar comeback, the Rangers unfortunately have placed outfielder Josh Hamilton on the 15-day DL with a sprained hamstring.  The injury occurred as Hamilton was running the bases on his game-winning double over the weekend.  The injury is expected to keep Hamilton on the DL for the next three-to-four weeks.

Lastly, a couple of minor injury news tabbits.  The Minnesota Twins have placed starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day DL with an ankle injury.  It is possible that minor surgery may be required to repair his injury.  And for the second time this season, the Diamondbacks have placed highly-touted starting pitcher Archie Bradley on the 15-day DL with shoulder tendinitis.  Bradley’s first stint on the DL was due to a sinus fracture after being hit in the head by a line drive hit back up the middle.

Friday, June 5, 2015:

The Oakland A’s have selected the contract of right-handed reliever Pat Venditte from Triple-A Nashville.  The reason this gets a mentioned is because Venditte is a switch-throwing pitcher, meaning he can pitcher with his right and left arm.  His glove is equipped with two thumb holes, so he doesn’t have to consistently change gloves; he just switches hand based on the batter and switch arm he wants to throw with.  For the last place A’s, they could use a little funkiness in their lives.

Otherwise, it was a slow day in the world of baseball.  Check out the great articles by our fantastic writing team at our Baseball Hot Corner website:

Saturday, June 6, 2015:

The Los Angeles Dodgers are reinstating outfielder Yasiel Puig from the 15-day DL.  Puig had been originally placed on the DL with a left hamstring strain, which has costed him the last 39 games.  Puig didn’t waste no time on his rehab assignment as well, only playing in two games at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Sunday, June 7, 2015:

The Houston Astros have selected the contract of highly-touted shortstop prospect Carlos Correa from Triple-A Fresno.  The former #1 draft pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft, Correa is arguably the best prospect in MLB and should see immediate playing time when he joins the Astros on Monday.  With the Astros in first place in the AL West division, they are in a prime position to win the division and make the playoffs, something they haven’t done in a long time.  For more on this topic, check out Clayton Richer’s article (click here).

We had a couple of notable starting pitchers get sent on rehab assignments as they make their way back to the big leagues.  The Marlins have sent starting pitcher Jose Fernandez to Jupiter of the Florida State League for a rehab assignment.  The heralded ace of the Marlins starting rotation, Fernandez is working his way back from Tommy John surgery which he had done last season after tearing his UCL.  And the Nationals have sent starting pitcher Doug Fister to Triple-A Syracuse on a rehab assignment.  Fister was placed on the DL with a flexor tendon strain.

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Marc Keller is a Senior Writer for Baseball Hot Corner. His three greatest loves in life are his wife, son, and the San Francisco Giants. You can follow and banter with him on Twitter @mrarmchair.

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