Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 35

by Marc Keller | Posted on Monday, August 24th, 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 installment, click on the link here (Click Here – http://baseballhotcorner.com/roster-moves-worth-reporting-but-arent-worth-the-300-words-vol-34/).

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 http://baseballhotcorner.com/.

Monday, August 17, 2015:

The Toronto Blue Jays have optioned starting pitcher Drew Hutchison to Triple-A Buffalo. Hutchison is one of many young arms that the Blue Jays have in their stable, and Hutchison should definitely get a call-up when the rosters expand in September.

The St. Louis Cardinals have placed starting outfielder Randal Grichuk on the 15-day DL with a right elbow strain. The Cards are unsure how much time exactly Grichuk will miss. Grichuk was in the midst of having a great season and a strong candidate to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award. The Cards have a comfortable lead in the NL Central division and a hold on a postseason spot, so having Grichuk rest an injury isn’t the worst thing that happen to the Cards and Grichuk right now.

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: http://baseballhotcorner.com/.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015:

The Cleveland Indians have reinstated starting second baseman Jason Kipnis from the 15-day DL. The Indian’s season is semantics right about now, so bringing Kipnis back is just to get him some baseball reps and have him earn his paycheck. Hopefully he doesn’t suffer another injury and he can ride out this season, which has been pretty good for him stat wise.

The New York Mets have placed reliever Bobby Parnell on the 15-day DL with shoulder tendinitis. The one-time closer of the Mets has been pitching in a relief role since returning from Tommy John surgery, an injury he suffered at the beginning of last season. The Mets bullpen is on shaky ground right now so losing Parnell doesn’t help that cause. They are currently on top of a tough NL East division, with a slight lead over rival Washington Nationals.

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed highly-touted prospect third baseman Maikel Franco on the 15-day DL with a fractured wrist. Franco has been enjoying a breakout rookie season since his call-up to the majors, and has been the one bright spot in this otherwise horrendous Phillies 2015 season.

The Texas Rangers, who are doing their darndest to stay in the AL postseason race, have acquired outfielder Will Venable from the San Diego Padres for minor league catcher/outfielder Marcus Greene and a player to be named later. Venable was sladed to become a free agent at the end of the season, so the Padres had to get something for the likely departing Venable, who had some value on the trade market.

The San Francisco Giants are putting starting outfielder Hunter Pence on the 15-day DL with an oblique strain. Pence took a hard swing in his last at-bat against the Cardinals and felt a twinge. An MRI revealed that he suffered an oblique strain on the swing. The already battered Giants couldn’t have picked a worst time to put Pence on the DL, as they are in the home-stretch of a brutal August schedule of games and already down starting center fielder Angel Pagan, starting left fielder Nori Aoki, starting second baseman Joe Panik, and starting pitcher Mike Leake.

On a side note, the Boston Red Sox have hired former Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski as President of Baseball Operations, and current General Manager Ben Cherington is stepping down as GM. Cherington had his moments when he was first named GM of the Red Sox, but has been underwhelming as the GM of late, making high-priced signings in free agency with little results; while Dombrowski has consistently taken the Tigers to the postseason, which includes a World Series appearance in 2012.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015:

The Atlanta Braves have activated starting first baseman Freddie Freeman from the 15-day DL. Freeman’s season has been riddled with injuries, but while he’s been active he’s been protective. Hopefully Freeman is passed all of these injuries and can just get in some baseball reps and prepare for the 2016 season.

The Cincinnati Reds have placed speedster center fielder Billy Hamilton on the 15-day DL. Hamilton has a lot of flash in him with his speed, but the rest of his game still hasn’t come around as quickly as the Reds had hoped.

The Philadelphia Phillies have bit-the-bullet and traded their franchise player in second baseman Chase Utley to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a couple of minor leagues: infielder/outfielder Darnell Sweeney and pitcher John Richy. Utley stated that whatever teams he would eventually get traded to had to guarantee him playing time, and he will come to the Dodgers with the expectation of starting at second base for the injured Howie Kendrick. The Dodgers are reeling right now and are in need of a sparkplug to ignite the team. For the Phillies, they get a couple of prospects, one good one in Sweeney who will go straight to the major league ballclub whenever his flight arrives in Philly.

The Rangers has activated starting pitcher Derek Holland from the 60-day DL. Their master plan is slowly coming together, establishing a good starting rotation with the recent acquisition of staff ace Cole Hamels, and at the right as well. The Rangers are hanging around and fighting for one of the last AL postseason spots, and getting Holland back now to add to their rotation could definitely help win them a game or two.

The Minnesota Twins have placed young outfielder Aaron Hicks on the 15-day DL. Hicks had been playing well as of late, finally establishing himself in the majors and living up to the hype that has been stapled to him since he was a prospect. However, the Twins are done and their fight for the final playoff spot are able over.

Thursday, August 20, 2015:

The Rangers have placed outfielder Josh Hamilton on the 15-day DL. Hamilton, as we all know, has had a  forgetful season, one filled with ups and downs. But the Rangers are in a heated postseason race and Hamilton is still a contributor, so losing him does hurt a little.

The Giants are in desperate need of outfield help, and now help is on the way in the form of an old, crafty veteran: Marlon Byrd. The Giants have acquired Byrd and cash from the Reds for minor league pitcher Stephen Johnson. While Byrd is strictly a power-bat these days, it’s what the Giants exactly need right now. Johnson for the most part will probably be a major league pitcher, but someone the Giants won’t lose sleep over. The Giants have also activated starting outfielder Nori Aoki off the seven-day concussion list, giving them another starting caliber outfielder.

One day after belting his first career homer in his first career at-bat, the Tigers have placed starting pitcher Daniel Norris on the 15-day DL. The Tigers have also placed starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day DL. Norris was the main prize the Tigers received from the Blue Jays when they dealt away ace David Price. Sanchez in the mean time is enjoying a rather disappointing season for the Tigers, so the stint on the DL is probably a blessing for him.

Friday, August 21, 2015:

The Nationals are calling up their top position prospect, shortstop Trea Turner, from Triple-A Syracuse. Many baseball evaluators think Turner can play either second or shortstop, and with the being free agency of current starting shortstop, Ian Desmond, the Nationals could be giving their fans a small glimpse into the future of their 2016 season.

The Giants have officially placed outfielder [Hunter] Pence on the 15-day DL for the third time this season, this time for a oblique strain. This couldn’t have come at a worst time as the Giants are in the midst of a tough road trip through St. Louis and Pittsburgh, and the Giants are a completely different time without him in the lineup. In a corresponding move, the Giants have optioned rookie starting pitcher Chris Heston to Triple-A Sacramento. This is merely a move to give Heston a breathier, as he is rapidly approaching the most innings he’s ever pitched. Heston seemed to be tiring in his last few starts, so the breathier is much needed. He will definitely be back up with the team in September when the rosters expand, and he will assume his regular rotation spot.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated utilityman Josh Harrison from the 15-day DL. Harrison was on the DL with a broken wrist. This gives the Pirates more depth and another weapon off the bench or to rotate into the lineup to give others a break coming down the stretch.

The Twins are recalling top prospect outfielder Byron Buxton from Triple-A Rochester. Buxton was up with the team earlier in the season when the Twins were in the playoff hunt, but he injured his hamstring and has been on the DL for most of the season. But now that the Twins have fallen out of the playoff races and Buxton is fully healthy, might as well recall him and get him some major league at-bats.

Saturday, August 22, 2015:

The Giants have reinstated newly acquired starting pitcher [Mike] Leake from the 15-day DL. Leake was placed on the DL with a strained hamstring, an injury which he suffered during his first start with the Giants after they acquired him at the trading deadline. Now back in the rotation, the Giants will be needing his services as they fight for the NL West division title and the last wildcard postseason spot.

The Oakland A’s have reinstated closer Sean Doolittle from the 60-day DL and transferred first baseman Ike Davis to the 60-day DL. This will be the first appearance of the season for Doolittle, who has missed most of this season with a shoulder injury. Davis will miss the remainder of this season with a hip injury. The A’s season is done, so this is all semantics.

The Mets have placed first baseman Lucas Duda on the 15-day DL. Duda suffered a back injury in Friday’s game. Duda has been somewhat of a disappointment this season, as the Mets were hoping he would build off of his outstanding 2014 season.

Sunday, August 23, 2015:

The Seattle Mariners have DFA’d closer Fernando Rodney. Rodney has been a major disappointment this season, losing his closer job midway through the season to Carson Smith. The Marines have been a major disappointment this season, and Rodney has been a reflection of that.

The Houston Astros have optioned outfielder Preston Tucker to Triple-A Fresno and recalled starting pitcher Lance McCullers. Tucker and McCullers are a couple of the many young prospects the Astros have called up this season and have excelled in their time in the majors.

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: http://baseballhotcorner.com/.

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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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