Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Moves

Kevin Kiermaier
The Tampa Bay Rays recalled SS Sean Rodriguez from the Durham Bulls and placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a right hand fracture. This is to make him eligible for the playoffs.

Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier has been assigned to the Durham Bulls from the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

The Bowling Green Hot Rods placed 3B Tyler Goeddel on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 29th. If he's healthy, he will be eligible to play on September 5th, which is the Hot Rods first playoff game. In the mean time expect 3B to be manned by Ben Kline, Taylor Motter, and/or Juniel Querecuto.

Keith Castillo
The Bowling Green Hot Rods activated catcher Keith Castillo from the disabled list to fill Goeddel's spot.

The Hot Rods probable starters:
Saturday, September 1st vs. Fort Wayne - LHP Jake Partridge (5-1, 2.53)

Sunday, September 2nd vs. Fort Wayne - LHP Felipe Rivero (8-8, 3.18)

Monday, September 3rd vs. Fort Wayne - RHP Reinaldo Lopez (1-0, 2.08)

That is the end of the regular season. I would expect LHP Ryan Carpenter to start the first playoff game on Wednesday the 5th.

The Rays picked up another outfielder:
The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired outfielder Ben Francisco from the Houston Astros in exchange for a player to be named later. He is expected to join the Rays in Toronto tomorrow and a corresponding move for the 40-man roster will be made after tonight’s game.

Francisco, 30, was hitting .247 (21-for-85) with two home runs and five RBI in 31 games with the Astros, who acquired him on July 20 as part of a 10-player trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. He started the year in Toronto and hit .240 (12-for-50) with two RBI in 27 games, missing a month (May 25-June 24) with a left hamstring injury.

The right-handed hitter has spent six seasons in the majors with the Cleveland Indians (2007-09), Philadelphia Phillies (2009-11), Blue Jays (2012) and Astros (2012). For his career, he has a .258 batting average, .328 onbase percentage, 47 home runs and 181 RBI. He has played the majority of his games in left field (212 games) and right field (148).

Albert Suarez
The Rays will add the following players to the active roster after midnight when rosters expand from 25 to 40:

- catcher Chris Gimenez
- infielder Reid Brignac
- outfielder Rich Thompson
- LHP Cesar Ramos

There may be more additions over the holiday weekend.

RHSP Albert Suarez has been designated for assignment. This is the corresponding move to make room on the 40-man roster for Ben Francisco.


  1. Albert Suarez DFA is the corresponding move for Francisco, per Topkin.

    1. Thanks for the help. Went to one high school football game and came back to all of this.

      Albert was scheduled to start the season finale for Charlotte on Sunday. Not that anyone cares about the Stone Crabs at this point, but they will have to find another starter now.

    2. Some of us still care about the Stone Crabs thank you very much.

  2. Really? I hate to lose Albert. Real Classy guy.
    Keep wondering if Wrigley's ever gonna get a shot with Tampa Bay. Maybe he'll have to be part of a trade, like Bortnick, to get some respect.

    1. Wrigley batted .178 for the month of August. Only a .229 on-base and .333 slugging. Timing is everything, and his is lousy. They could still add him next week, but who would he take at-bats away from? Don't see him getting any from the Scott/Joyce/Pena rotation, not that it's great.

    2. I didn't realize that about Wrigley. Thanks for pointing that out, Doug.

    3. It's amazing how cold he got in August. On July 29th he reached 200 total bases on the season, no one else was really close. I wrote this about how his season looked to stack up with some of the very best in Rays minor league history:

      Well, on September 1st he's at 232, well short of the 250 I thought he would breeze past towards 270 or so. Even passed by Glaesmann with 240, and Dietrich is right behind him at 225. I'll update that post after the season with the final totals.

      It's too bad for Wrigley, if he stayed hot (or even warm) he might have been added when Scott & Joyce were hurt & Pena was struggling, or at least now. Even if he only played a little it would have been a chance to impress the team going into the offseason. Maybe he gets a better chance in spring training and makes the team in April. Who knows. Hope it still happens for him.

  3. Kiermaier had a great debut in Durham tonight, a pinch hit, a spectacular catch in center field (crashed into wall sign, stayed in game), and a walk. Hope the Bulls will link a replay of that catch.

    1. Yes it was a great catch that I wish we could see a video replay somehow.

  4. Just means Albert is going through waivers. No one will claim him and he will resign with Tampa...happens all the time. They are clearing a roster spot. Not sure if he can declare free agency and sign with another team.

  5. Wish BG was at full strength. Losing Brett hurt and now Floethe and Goeddel on DL. I was picking them to win it all and this happens. Especially ill miss Floethe who would have started game 1. Good 3 with Carpenter, Markel and Floethe. Now what??? Also forgot we lost Maceachen, big loss. Anyone know anything about Mac.