Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 36

by Marc Keller | Posted on Monday, August 31st, 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 24, 2015:

The Oakland A’s have placed starting pitcher Kendall Graveman on the 15-day DL. Graveman was the main prospect the A’s received in return from the Toronto Blue Jays when they Josh Donaldson trade. Graveman has been enjoying a nice rookie campaign with the A’s.

The New York Yankees have placed starting pitcher CC Sabathia on the 15-day DL. Sabathia has been pitching like his old self for some time now, and has been battling injuries these last few years. Still, the Yankees need every starting pitcher they can get into their rotation.

The New York Mets have reinstated franchise player, third baseman David Wright from the 60-day DL. Wright has been out with a neck injury, which some thought might be career-ending. Not only is Wright being reinstated today, but he will also make the start at third base for the Mets tonight.

The Chicago Cubs have placed starting right fielder Jorge Soler and reliever Jason Motte on the 15-day DL. Soler has been battling injuries all season, a season many thought would be a breakout one for him. Motte, a former closer, has been enjoying a nice bounce-back season, coming off missing the entire 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The Baltimore Orioles have placed starting shortstop J.J. Hardy on the 15-day DL. Hardy was been steady this season, and losing him in the midst of a postseason chase has got to hurt.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015:

The Washington Nationals have reinstated starting center fielder Denard Span from the 15-day DL. The Nationals are struggling right now to stay in the postseason race and can use regular starters back in the lineup.

The “King of All Freak Injuries” strikes again as the San Francisco Giants have placed reliever Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day DL with a knee injury he sustained while playing with his kids. This is the same guy who was placed on the DL last season for cutting his hand while trying to separate frozen hamburger patties with a streak knife, cutting himself badly and requiring stitches.

The Miami Marlins have reinstated promising starting left fielder Christian Yelich from the 15-day DL. Yelich was suppose to flourish this season, but instead has been spending most of the time on the DL this season. He and the Marlins are hopeful this is his last stint for a while.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015:

The Yankees have activated starting pitcher Michael Pineda from the 15-day DL. Pineda has been one of the Yankees starting pitcher this season, most though since his return from his first stint on the DL from earlier in the season. His services are needed greatly as the Yankees continue to fight for a postseason spot.

The Boston Red Sox have activated starting pitcher Rick Porcello from the 15-day DL. With the way Porcello has been pitching this season, this move definitely enhances the Red Sox chances of winning the sweepstakes for the #1 draft pick come next June MLB Amateur Draft.

Thursday, August 27, 2015:

The Tampa Bay Rays are sending back starting outfielder Desmond Jennings to the 15-day DL with a knee injury. Jennings has spent much of the season on the DL. The Rays were hoping for Jennings to take that next step in his growth as a baseball player, but it’s looking more and more likely that Jennings is nothing more than ordinary.

The Cubs pulled off a minor trade to acquire some additional bullpen depth. They acquired former Seattle Mariners closer Fernando Rodney for cash. Rodney has had a dismal season, eventually losing his closer job to current Mariners closer, Carson Smith. The Cubs won’t ask Rodney to closer out games, but hopefully he will use his experience to help with tense late-game situations.

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, August 28, 2015:

After being reinstated early this week, the Nationals have placed starting outfielder [Denard] Span on the 15-day DL with a hip injury. The Nationals are saying that Span will be out the remainder of the season, which may turn out to be a good thing, considering the dumpster-fire the Nationals have become of late.

The Mariners have demoted famed prospect catcher Mike Zunino to Triple-A Tacoma. Zunino was a highly-regarded prospect when first called up last season, but just has lived up to expectations. The power is there in his bat, but he strikes out way too much and can’t hit for higher than a .220 AVG.

The Giants have placed struggling starting pitcher Matt Cain on the 15-day DL with a nerve injury in his arm. Cain has been making his comeback after missing most of last season with bone-spurs in his elbow. In a corresponding move, the Giants have recalled rookie starting pitcher phenom Chris Heston. Heston was optioned down to Triple-A Sacramento simple because he had options to burn and needed a rest.

The Los Angeles Angels have recalled starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker from Triple-A Salt Lake. Shoemaker was very good last season, leading the Angels into the postseason. But he’s been struggling this season and the Angels had optioned him down to Triple-A to iron out some kinks.

Saturday, August 29, 2015:

The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled starting pitcher Drew Hutchison from Triple-A Buffalo. That didn’t take too long, as the Blue Jays just sent him down.

The Houston Astros placed starting catcher Jason Castro on the 15-day DL. Castro has been a consistent battery mate to an awesome Astros starting rotation.

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:

Sunday, August 30, 2015:

There was a minor trade that happened today, right before the waiver-wire trading deadline is set to expire. The Mets have acquired former closer Addison Reed from the Arizona Diamandbacks for minor league pitchers Miller Diaz and Matt Koch. This move gives the Mets yet another experienced arm in the bullpen while the D-backs get to shed themselves of Reed’s contract and spot on their roster. Good move by both teams.

Otherwise, that’s a wrap for the week in baseball. Check out the great articles by our fantastic writing team at our Baseball Hot Corner 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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