Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 30

by Marc Keller | Posted on Monday, July 13th, 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, July 6, 2015:

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed infielder Josh Harrison on the 15-day DL with a thumb injury.  An All-Star selection last season, Harrison will undergo further test to determine if there is any structural damage and hopefully place a time frame on his return; however it is being reported that Harrison will miss about six weeks of action.  Harrison injured his thumb on Sunday while stealing a base and sliding head-first into the bag, jamming it.  In a corresponding move, the Pirated activated first baseman Travis Ishikawa, who they claimed off waivers on Sunday from the San Francisco Giants.

The Seattle Mariners have reinstated starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma from the 15-day DL.  Iwakuma was originally placed on the DL with a lat strain, and has been on the DL since April.  Iwakuma will make the start for the Mariners on Monday.  The disappointing Mariners are 38-45, good for fourth place in the AL West division.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015:

The Baltimore Orioles have optioned starting pitcher Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk.  For all the hype that is still surrounding this pitcher, he sure does get recalled and optioned at a moments notice.

The Milwaukee Brewers have placed starting pitcher Matt Garza on the 15-day DL with right shoulder tendinitis.  With the All-Star break coming up soon, this could be a way to get Garza some much needed rest before he is activated just in time for the MLB trading deadline.

The Giants have activated outfielder Hunter Pence from the 15-day DL and will start tonight’s game against the New York Mets.  Pence was placed on the DL for the second time this season with a left wrist injury.  It is the same left wrist in which Pence broke during Spring Training when he was hit by a pitch, causing him to start the season on the DL.  He made his season debut about a fourth of the way through the season, but was shortly placed back on the DL with wrist tendinitis.  The Giants are currently on a 7-game losing streak, and could use a dose of heart and soul.

The Tampa Bay Rays have placed young outfielder Steven Souza Jr. on the 15-day DL with a lacerated finger.  Souza is having a nice season (.210/.301/.417 triple-slash, 15 HR, 33 RBI) for the surprisingly playoff contending Rays.  Souza was the main prospect the Rays received on the big three-team trade that had the Rays sending out highly-touted outfielder Wil Myers to the San Diego Padres, and a package of prospects going back to both the Rays and Washington Nationals.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015:

The New York Yankees are getting a couple of key cogs back from the DL.  The Yankees have activated center fielder and leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury, and lights-out closer Andrew Miller from the 15-day DL, and both will be available for tonight’s game.  Ellsbury landed on the DL with a knee injury and Miller was placed on there for the last month with a forearm strain.  With the Yankees still very much in contention for a playoff spot, Ellsbury and Miller will greatly help improve their odds of making a MLB playoff berth.

The Rays have activated starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi from the 15-day DL.  The Rays are slowly getting back some of their solid young starting pitching, and in a wide-open AL East division, the Rays could use all the arms they can get.

Thursday, July 9, 2015:

The Kansas City Royals have placed All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon on the 15-day DL with a groin strain.  The Royals expect Gordon to be out at least 8 weeks with the injury, putting him out of the MLB All-Star game where he was voted in by fans (mostly Royals fans) as a starter.  In a corresponding – and somewhat uplifting of sorts – move, the Royals have reinstated starting pitcher and young ace Yordano Ventura from the 15-day DL and will make the start today.  Ventura was originally placed on the DL with an unknown elbow injury that was causing numbness in his hand.

We had a couple of washout get released from their teams today.  The Texas Rangers released former closer Neftali Feliz and the Orioles released outfielder/designated hitter Delmon Young.

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:

Friday, July 10, 2015:

There were a couple of injuries news tidbits that are worth a quick mention.  The Nationals placed outfielder Denard Span on the 15-day DL with back spasms.  The Nationals are in such a commanding position in the NL East division that they could leave Span on the DL a couple of turns until he gets right.  This is a good time to place injured players on the DL, as the All-Star break allows for a few days to go by without missing game action.

The New York Mets have placed young starting pitcher Steven Matz on the 15-day DL with a lat sprain.  It is being reported that Matz has a partial lat tear, and the Mets are expecting him to be out at least three weeks.  With the Mets starting pitcher depth and how highly they think of Matz, I would expect Matz to get all the time he needs to recover from his injury.

Saturday, July 11, 2015:

We have more injury news to report.  The Oakland A’s have placed starting pitcher Jesse Hahn on the 15-day DL with a strained forearm.  The A’s are going to shut down Hahn for the next couple of weeks with the hopes that the time off throwing will help aid in his recovery.

The Boston Red Sox have placed starting pitcher Clay Buchholz on the 15-day DL with the dreaded strained forearm.  An MRI was taken on his forearm and revealed good news as there was no structural damage to his forearm.  If there had been damage tot he UCL, Tommy John surgery would have been the most likely option for recovery.

The Detroit Tigers have released reliever Joba Chamberlain and signed former Rangers closer [Neftali] Feliz to a one-year contract.  Man, remember how dominate Chamberlain used to be with the Yankees when he first came on the scene?

Lastly, the Atlanta Braves will be without closer Jason Grilli for the rest of the season after he ruptured his Achilles tendon.  This is a huge blow to the Braves, not because they are in contention, but because Grilli was a hot trade target that could have netted the Braves a good prospect in return.  The Braves will probably turn to setup man Jim Johnson to be their new closer, unless of course he gets traded at the deadline.

Sunday, July 12, 2015:

The Rays have placed starting shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring.  The stint on the DL shouldn’t last longer than the necessary 15-days.  In a corresponding move, the Rays are recalling former #1 overall pick Tim Beckham from Triple-A Durham.

Since next week is the MLB All-Star break, I’ll be taking the week off, as there will likely be no real news coming out of the week.  We’ll pick it back up on Monday, July 20th.  As always, check out our website:

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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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