Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 27

by Marc Keller | Posted on Monday, June 22nd, 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.

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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 15, 2015:

The Toronto Blue Jays have placed starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez on the 15-day DL with a mild lat strain.  The Blue Jays kept pushing Sanchez’s next start back, but now they must have decided that instead of pushing back his starts to actually just give him the rest he needs and put him on the DL.  The Blue Jays don’t seem too concerned that Sanchez’s injury and that he should be able to make his next start once he is eligible to come off the DL.  But lat muscles are funny and a muscle that a pitcher consistently uses during his pitching motion.  With a player as good and promising as Sanchez is, the Blue Jays will give him all the time he needs to heal.

The New York Mets have designated starting pitcher Dillon Gee for assignment today, officially ending the awful six-man rotation experiment.  Gee’s playing time and spot in the rotation has been taken away with the outstanding pitching performance from top prospect Noah Syndergaard.  In an ideal world, the Mets would trade Gee to a team in need of rotation help, but unfortunately Gee’s trade value is so low right now that the Mets wouldn’t get nearly the return they would expect for a starting pitcher of the caliber of Gee.  So now both parties are in a weird holding pattern.

The San Diego Padres have fired manager Bud Black.  A lot was expected out of Black this season, as the front office spent heavily this offseason and sacrificed a lot of young, talented prospects via trade in order to bring in veterans who were suppose to help them win-now.  Unfortunately for Black, he wasn’t able to make that happen, as the Padres currently in third place in the NL West division with a 32-33 win-lost record.  Bench Coach Dave Roberts has been named the “interim” interim manager until a permanent interim manager is in place.  For more on this, check out the article by Wayne Cavadi (click here) at our website

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a minor league deal.  Some guys just can’t get enough.

The Chicago Cubs are really going all-in as they will call-up highly-touted prospect catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber from Double-A Knoxville for a brief appearance during some upcoming interleague series.  It is expected that after the Cubs wrap-up their interleague series against the Cleveland Indians that Schwarber will be sent back down to Triple-A Iowa.  Schwarber has been crushing it in the minors, but it’s still surprising that the Cubs are calling on his services this early in his career, even if it’s just for a brief stint.  The fact that the Cubs are even experimenting with calling up Schwarber tells you that they want to win now and maybe this experiment could lead to a future call-up of Schwarber later on down the road in the season.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015:

We had major, MAJOR, news today in the world of baseball.  The NY Times reported earlier today that the St. Louis Cardinals are under investigation by the FBI for hacking into the Houston Astros‘ computer system, committing a serious data breach and corporate espionage.  This is a first of it’s kind; a professional sports team hacking and stealing information from another professional sports team in their sport.  The supposed target of the hack was Astros’ General Manager Jeff Luhnow, who used to work in the Cardinals front office before accepting the position of GM with the Astros.  Luhnow is responsible for developing and implementing the Cardinals scouting/sabermetric computer database and system, which consistently put the Cardinals minor league system among the best in MLB.  There is much more to come in regards to fallout, details, and punishment, so we’ll keep our ears to the ground.

In other news…the Padres have announced that Pat Murphy will be their interim manager for the remainder of the 2015 season.  Murphy had been the manager of the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate for the past three seasons.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015:

The Atlanta Braves have optioned starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz to Triple-A Gwinnett.  Foltynewicz was the main cog in a package of prospects that the Braves acquired via trade from the Astros for catcher/utility specialist Evan Gattis.  Foltynewicz was rated the Braves top pitching prospect coming into the season and was pitching fairly well in his first few starts.  However, in his last three starts, Foltynewicz has struggled enormously, which prompted the send down to Triple-A.  Foltynewicz is too talent though for an extended stay in Triple-A, and the Braves expect him to return to the ball club at some point later on in the season.

The Colorado Rockies have placed outfielder Corey Dickerson on the 15-day DL, again, with plantar fasciitis.  Dickerson was placed on the DL before with the same injury, which is becoming a continuing problem for Dickerson.  Plantar fasciitis can be a lingering issue and this seems to be an injury that will plague Dickerson all season, potentially making this a lost year in his promising career.

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:

Thursday, June 11, 2015:

The Kansas City Royals have placed young starting pitcher Yordano Ventura on the 15-day DL with ulnar nerve inflammation.  Ventura has not been the staff ace the Royals had hope he would turn into.  In his last season, Ventura left with weakness in his right hand and fingers, leading to this current stint on the DL.  While the inflammation is not major, the Royals will undoubtedly take their time with Ventura in letting him recover fully and properly.

The Miami Marlins have placed infielder Martin Prado on the 15-day DL with a shoulder sprain.  Prado took a bad fall while running pass first base and landed on his shoulder.  The injury, for now, is considered minor and Prado should be back in action after the 15-days.

The Washington Nationals have reinstated starting pitcher Doug Fister from the 15-day DL and started Thursday’s game against the Rays.  Fister was originally placed on the DL with the dreaded forearm tightness.  He had a rocky start to the season and the Nationals hope that Fister can regain his old his and be the pitcher he was last season for them.

Friday, June 12, 2015:

The Detroit Tigers have activated designated hitter Victor Martinez from the 15-day DL.  He was immediately slotted into the cleanup spot in the batting order.  Martinez was originally placed on the DL with left knee inflammation.

The Cincinnati Reds have activated outfielder Marlon Byrd from the 15-day DL.  Byrd had been on the DL with a broken wrist.  He comes off just in time to hopefully be traded, as the Reds are on the cusp of a major fire-sale.

The Braves have called up starting pitching prospect Matt Wisler from Triple-A Gwinnett.  He made his season debut on Friday, lasting 8 strong innings.  Wisles was the main prospect the Braves received in return when they shipped out closer Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres early this season.

Saturday, June 13, 2015:

The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Braves pulled off a small but interesting trade tonight (I would say head-scratching, but I want to give the D-backs some credit, albeit very little).  The D-Backs traded starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo and starting pitching prospect Touki Toussaint to the Braves for infielder Philip Gosselin.  What is interesting about this trade is that the Braves have agreed to assume the full remaining balance of Arroyo’s $9.5 million salary plus his buyout for next season, and in return for doing so the Braves are also getting Toussaint in the deal, who was the D-Backs first-round pick last season and a top 5 prospect within their organization.  So in essence, this is a pure money dump on the D-Backs part, and for their efforts, the Braves get a top 100 prospect.  D-Backs do get Gosselin in the deal, who could be a useful utility infielder so them, and save a ton of money.

The Baltimore Orioles have activated starting pitcher Kevin Gausman from the 15-day DL.  Gausman was originally placed on the DL with shoulder tendinitis.  Gausman is slated to make his first start of the season today.

Otherwise, no news is good news for these typing fingers.  Check out the great articles by our fantastic writing team at our Baseball Hot Corner website:

Sunday, June 14, 2015:

The Los Angeles Angels have placed staff ace Jered Weaver on the 15-day DL with a hip injury.  Weaver is scheduled to have an MRI on the hip.  The Angels are hopefully the MRI comes back positive, as they can’t afford to have this be an injury that keeps Weaver out for an extended period of time.

After making his first start of the season on Saturday, the Orioles have optioned starting pitcher [Kevin] Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk.  Everyone is waiting for Gausman to supplant himself in the Orioles rotation, and hopefully that time will come sooner rather than later.

Too close out the week, I just wanted to wish all of the Father’s and male role-models out there a very wonderful and special Father’s Day.

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Marc Keller
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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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