Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 34

by Marc Keller | Posted on Monday, August 17th, 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 10, 2015:

The Los Angeles Angels are getting their staff ace back as they have reinstated starting pitcher Jered Weaver from the 15-day DL. The Angels are locked in a tight battle with the Houston Astros for the AL West division title, and getting Weaver back couldn’t come at a better time.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed starting second baseman Howie Kendrick on the 15-day DL with a strained hamstring. Kendrick has been having a nice season for the Dodgers, providing them with steady hitting and defense. It is expected that Kendrick will be back with the Dodgers and in the starting lineup after his turn on the DL. As a corresponding move, the Dodgers have recalled top prospect Jose Peraza from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Peraza was recently acquired at the MLB trading deadline as part of that massive 13- player, 3-team trade. Peraza was one of the main prospects dealt in the trade.

The Minnesota Twins have options top prospect outfielder Byron Buxton to Triple-A Rochester. The Twins called up Buxton midway through the season to provide an added boost as the twins were surprising competing for the AL Central division title and a potential wildcard spot. But Buxton get injured and as the season went on, the Twins grasp on a postseason spot began to slip away and they are no longer in play for a playoff spot. With that, there is no need to have Buxton up in the majors struggling when he could be in Triple-A and getting more meaningful at-bats.

The New York Mets have reinstated outfielder Michael Cuddyer from the 15-day DL. Reinstating Cuddyer could create a bit of a logjam in the outfield for the Mets, who are red-hot right now and don’t want to make any drastic moves to disturb the force of their winning ways.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015:

The Boston Red Sox have placed closer Koji Uehara on the 15-day DL with a broken wrist, effectively ending his 2015 season. Uehara suffered the broken wrist when he was hit there with a line drive. The Red Sox disappointing season is done and has been done for some time now, so letting Uehara rest and recover on the DL isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The Angels have placed outfielder Matt Joyce on the 15-day DL. Joyce’s playing time was already limited, as the Angels acquired two different outfielders at the MLB traded deadline in order to platoon with him, which tells you all you need to know about the type of season Joyce is having.

The Miami Marlins have placed young starting pitcher Jose Fernandez on the 15-day DL with a biceps strain. Fernandez had been working his way back from Tommy John surgery and has pitched well since his return. However, like most injuries, once one injury has healed, another one happens due to over-compensating another muscles. Luckily for the Marlins and Fernandez, the 2015 season is a moot point for the team, so shutting Fernandez down now for the season (which I hope they do) will let him recover not only from his biceps strain, but also afford him extra time to recover from his Tommy John surgery.

The San Diego Padres have signed starting pitcher Bud Norris to a one-year contract. That is all.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015:

The San Francisco Giants have placed starting center fielder Angel Pagan on the 15-day DL with a bum knee. Pagan has been ailing for some time now but has been playing through the pain. It’s only been of late that the injury has finally started to catch up with him and reflected in his play on the field. If this were late September or the postseason I’m sure he would play through it, but since there is still a little time left in this stretch drive, it’s best to put him on the DL and get him healthy.

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, August 13, 2015:

The Texas Rangers have once again called-up their top pitcher prospect Chi Chi Gonzalez from Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers called him up earlier in the season, and he pitched beautifully in his major league debut. In a corresponding move, the Rangers optioned starting pitcher Nick Martinez to Triple-A.

The Twins have placed starting pitcher Phil Hughes on the 15-day DL and reinstated starting pitcher Tommy Milone from the 15-day DL. The Twins are all but done in their postseason race after a surprisingly good start to the season.

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

Friday, August 14, 2015:

The Detroit Tigers are getting back some reinforcements in the form of Miguel Cabrera, as they have activated the first baseman from the 15-day DL. It’s too bad that Cabrera couldn’t make his return a couple weeks ago, as maybe the front office would have thought differently about dismantling the team. With the Tigers waving the white flag and “rebooting,” activating Cabrera at this point in the season is mainly just to keep his baseball skills sharp and in form for the 2016 season. Come September, however, don’t be surprise if Cabrera’s playing time becomes a little fragmented.

News broke today that Red Sox manager John Farrell will be taking a medical leave in order to focus on his cancer treatment for lymphoma. The cancer is considered stage 1 and “highly curable.” Regardless, any form of cancer should be taken seriously. Bench coach Torey Lovullo has been named interim manager for the rest of the season. We at Baseball Hot Corner wish Farrell the best in his fight and recovery.

Saturday, August 15, 2015:

The Tampa Bay Rays have reinstated outfielder Desmond Jennings from the 60-day DL. The Rays have been quietly hanging around the postseason race and getting Jennings back may help in their efforts to sink into one of the two wildcards spots.

The Marlins have placed young outfielder Christian Yelich on the 15-day DL. This was suppose to be a breakout season for Yelich, and he has been playing well of late, but injuries have plagued him this season from the very beginning and with this latest stint on the DL, it all but assures that next season might have to be Yelich’s breakout season. In a corresponding move, the Marlins recalled outfielder Marcell Ozuna from Triple-A New Orleans. Why he was even sent down to begin with is the better question, but then again, it is the Marlins.

We had some minor prospect movement today as well. The Cincinnati Reds have options starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen to Triple-A Louisville, and the Red Sox have called up third base prospect Garin Cecchini from Triple-A Pawtucket. Lorenzen getting sent down despite the Reds season being done is nothing more than to boost his confidence, as he has been struggling of late in the majors. The Red Sox disappointing season can’t get much worst, so you might as well start calling up your top prospect and start getting them some major league experience.

Sunday, August 16, 2015:

The Rays have reinstated starting pitcher Drew Smyly from the 60-day DL. Smyly was one of the main prizes the Rays received from the Detroit Tigers when they traded David Price their last season. However, the Rays haven’t been able to utilize Smyly at all this season as he has spent most of the time on the DL. But the Rays are hanging around for one of those two wildcard postseason spots, only being 2 1/2 games back, and Smyly could provide a left to the starting rotation.

The Angels have optioned starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker to Triple-A Salt Lake. Shoemaker has been struggling of late and the thinking is to have him work out those kinks in the minors instead of in the bigs and potentially cost the Angels some games as they fight for a postseason spot. I have no doubt that we will see Shoemaker back up in the majors once rosters expand after September 1.

The Kansas City Royals signed two familiar names today in starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez and reliever Joba Chamberlain to minor league contracts. This is nothing more than added insurance in case some drastically goes wrong with someone in the Royals starting rotation or bullpen. I guess it’s not a bad flier.

The Chicago White Sox have DFA’d Emilio Bonifacio. I guess he is not bona fide (fans of the 06010 Fantasy Baseball podcast will get that joke).

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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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