Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 33

by Marc Keller | Posted on Monday, August 10th, 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, August 3, 2015:

Now that the craziness of the non-waiver MLB Trade Deadline is over, we can take a collective breathe and not check our twitter accounts every 28 seconds. Trades can still occur with players who clear waivers, so we’ll continue to report those, if they have any roster significance of course.

The San Francisco Giants will be without All-Star second baseman Joe Panik for the next two-weeks as they placed him on the 15-day DL with back tightness. Panik has been playing some excellent baseball ever since he was called up to the majors mid-way through last season. Speaking for all Giants fans, get well soon, Panik.

The Oakland A’s have activated center fielder Coco Crisp from the 60-day DL. Crisp has lived on the DL this season with neck and elbow issues. Crisp is arguably the engine that gets the A’s offense, and team for that matter, going in the winning direction. Unfortunately, it’s too late to salvage this season. Hopefully he can knock off some rust toward the end of this season and get healthy and get for the start of next season.

The Cleveland Indians have placed second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day DL with inflammation in his right shoulder. With this season now a lost season for the Indians, it’s important to get their core players healthy first, rather than have them play on chronic injuries and have them get worst.

The Colorado Rockies have promoted top pitching prospect Jon Gray from Triple-A Albuquerque. He is scheduled to make his major league debut and start for the Rockies on Tuesday night in their game against the Seattle Mariners. The former #3 overall pick of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, Gray had pitched well in the month of July, prompting his call-up.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015:

The Atlanta Braves have placed first baseman Freddie Freeman on the 15-day DL. He has been hampered most of the season by a wrist injury, and now Freeman is dealing with an oblique injury. With the Braves having nothing to play for the rest of the season, it’s important to get Freeman health and not risk long-term damage.

The Boston Red Sox have called-up top pitching prospect Henry Owens from Triple-A Pawtucket, only to throw him into the fire against arch rival New York Yankees. The BoSox are all but mathematically eliminated from the postseason, so you might as well get some of these near-ready prospect up for some big league experience.

The Houston Astros have optioned starting pitcher Lance McCullers to Triple-A Fresno. Why, I’m not sure. Supposedly after his rough outing the Astros feel he might need a break after being rushed up to the majors. Hey, they know a whole lot more about their team than I do, and after what they did at the MLB trade deadline, I’m not one to judge their decisions. Rest up, young McCullers.

After making him the only acquisition at the trade deadline, the Yankees have placed utilityman Dustin Ackley on the 15-day DL. The Yankees are on fire right now, and what a time to be with the inner-division rival Toronto Blue Jays selling the farm in an effort to track them down for the NL East division title.

The Texas Rangers have optioned outfielder Leonys Martin to Triple-A Round Rock. Martin has not played up to the hype that followed him coming to the majors. Hopefully a trip to the minors for a quick refresher on how to play baseball will get him back on track.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015:

The Chicago Cubs have placed closer Rafael Soriano on the 15-day DL with a shoulder injury. The timing of this injury is not the best for the Cubs, as they are in the middle of a tight race for the last wild-card spot with the Giants, who they happen to play in a four-game series this coming weekend. I guess it’s better to get him right now instead of in the middle on September when every game counts.

The Yankees have called up their top pitching prospect Luis Severino and what better way to say hello to the major than to pitch against your arch-rival the Red Sox. With the Yankees starting rotation reeling right now with Michael Pineda on the 15-day DL and needing to win games in order to keep their lead over the Blue Jays, they need to call up anyone who could help them.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015:

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Friday, August 7, 2015:

The Arizona Diamondbacks have activated starting pitcher Chase Anderson from the 15-day DL. Anderson has been having a fine season for the lowly D-Backs, and he definitely has secured a rotation spot for next season.

The Philadelphia Phillies have activated the heart-and-soul, starting second baseman Chase Utley from the 15-day DL. There is much speculation that Utley is primed to be traded at some point during this waiver trade deadline, so if you are in the Philly area, might want to grab a ticket to Citizens Bank Park just in case he’s gone.

The Giants have placed newly acquired starting pitcher Mike Leake on the 15-day DL with a leg injury. Leake had an MRI today and it was determined that Leake would need a stint on the DL in order for his injury to heal. The Giants are hoping that Leake will only need one stint on the DL, as they are locked in a tight postseason race for the NL West division and the last wildcard spot.

Speaking of MLB‘s waiver trade deadline, the Braves have acquired outfielders Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher from the Indians for third baseman Chris Johnson and cash. This is merely an exchange of three bad contracts that each team is trying to off-load. Nothing more to see here.

The Rangers have acquired first baseman Mike Napoli and cash from the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash consideration. This will be Napoli’s second stint with the Rangers. The Rangers are operating under the false-hope that they have a realistic chance of making the postseason. It’s too bad they aren’t getting the Napoli of 2010, but even him couldn’t improve their odds of making the playoffs this season.

Saturday, August 8, 2015:

The Washington Nationals have activated starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg from the 15-day DL, and it couldn’t come at a better time. The Nationals have played there way out of first place in the NL East division. The New York Mets have been gaining and over-taken the Nationals and Strasburg can hopefully be the player that gets the Nats back on track.

The Cubs have reinstated starting catcher Miguel Montero from the 15-day DL. This creates quite a logjam for the Cubs at the catcher position, as highly-touted prospect Kyle Schwarber has been catching in place of Montero and crushing, and backup catcher David Ross is the personally catcher for staff ace Jon Lester. It’s unlikely that the Cubs will send Schwarber back down to Triple-A with him mashing, so the thinking is that they will move him to left fielder for the time being, and reinstall Montero as the starting catcher when Lester isn’t pitching.

The Indians have placed young starting pitcher Cody Anderson on the 15-day DL. Anderson has been a bright spot for the Indians in this otherwise disappointing 2015 MLB season for them.

We have a couple of minor, interesting trades occur today. The Astros acquired veteran reliever Oliver Perez from the Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher Junior Garcia. Perez is a lefty-specialist who is having a nice season and will be a vital asset to the Astros down their postseason stretch run.

The Diamondbacks continue their down-sizing by trading veteran shortstop Cliff Pennington and cash to the Blue Jays for minor league shortstop Dawel Lugo. Pennington will provide some much-needed infield depth for the Blue Jays, as he is versatile enough to play both shortstop and second base.

The Baltimore Orioles have released starting pitcher Bud Norris. That experiment has finally come to an end.

Sunday, August 9, 2015:

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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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