The Blue Jays have designated reliever Neil Wagner for assignment, Sportsnet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith tweets. Wagner had Tommy John surgery in August. He pitched ten innings for the Blue Jays this year, all of them in April and May. The 30-year-old Wagner was a late-round draft pick by the Indians in 2005, and he made his way to the Athletics in a minor trade in 2010. He briefly appeared in the big leagues with the A’s in 2011, then briefly pitched in the Padres organization before signing with the Jays in 2012. He had his only significant stint in the big leagues in 2013, when he pitched reasonably well, posting a 3.79 ERA with 7.8 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 38 innings.
The Tigers continue to be very cautious with right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 9 with a major strain of his right pectoralis.
Here are today’s minor transactions from around baseball, with the most recent moves at the top of the post… The Rockies have selected the contract of infielder Rafael Ynoa, according to the MLB.com transactions page. Ynoa, 27, played for eight years in the Dodgers organization before signing with the Rockies last winter. This season, he posted a .297/.356/.419 line in 473 plate appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs, playing shortstop, second base and third base. The Athletics have selected the contract of catcher Bryan Anderson, according to the Pacific Coast League transactions page. The A’s acquired Anderson in a minor trade with the Reds late last month, apparently in a bid to acquire more catching depth due to John Jaso‘s injury. The 27-year-old Anderson hit .320/.397/.538 in 293 plate appearances in the minors in 2014. He’s played briefly at the big-league level with the Cardinals and White Sox
The Marlins’ rotation has taken plenty of hits this season. Just when it seemed like the club was past all the injuries, Henderson Alvarez left Monday’s series opener against the Mets in the third inning with a left oblique strain.
Here are today’s minor transactions from around baseball, with the most recent moves at the top of the post… The Orioles purchased the contract of left-hander Joe Saunders, the team announced. Saunders signed a minor league deal with the O’s last month and posted a 1.50 ERA in 12 relief innings for Triple-A Norfolk. The veteran southpaw has never pitched out of the bullpen in the majors but the Orioles intend to use him as a reliever down the stretch. Buck Showalter told reporters (including MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli) that Saunders could also make a spot start when the O’s face the Yankees in a double-header on September 12. The Twins will purchase the contracts of utilityman Doug Bernier and right-handers Lester Oliveros and A.J. Achter prior to Tuesday’s game, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The trio are three of eight players Minnesota is adding to its expanded September roster. Rays catcher Ali Solis has accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports (via Twitter). Solis was outrighted yesterday to create a spot on the Rays’ 40-man roster for right-hander Steve Geltz, who will be promoted today
Here are today’s minor transactions from around baseball, with the most recent moves at the top of the post… The Brewers purchased the contract of catcher Matt Pagnozzi, the team announced. Jeff Bianchi was shifted to the 60-day DL in a corresponding move. Pagnozzi has 105 career PA since 2009 with the Cardinals, Rockies, Pirates and Astros and he’s also spent time with the Braves’ and Indians’ Triple-A affiliates over the last two seasons. Pagnozzi has a career .219/.297/.318 slash line over 3026 career PA in the minors. The Angels selected the contract of shortstop Shawn O’Malley, according to Tim Mead, the team’s VP of communications (Twitter link). O’Malley will join the Halos on Tuesday and add some versatility to the bench; he has mostly played short over his pro career but has played all over the diamond this season. Originally a fifth-round pick of the Rays in the 2006 draft, O’Malley is looking to make his Major League debut after nine years in the minors, hitting .258/.351/.338 over 2982 PA.
August has traditionally been a difficult time to get substantial trades done. But with so many clubs in contention and with several non-contenders in a financially flexible position, that notion was taken to a new extreme this year.
The Indians’ attempt at sweeping the Royals will have to wait, as Sunday night’s series finale was suspended in the bottom of the 10th with Cleveland leading, 4-2. The game will resume on Sept. 22, prior to the start of the Indians’ three-game series with Kansas City in Cleveland.
The A’s acquired designated hitter/first baseman Adam Dunn and cash considerations from the White Sox in exchange for Minor League right-handed pitcher Nolan Sanburn, the club announced today.
Alexi Amarista’s bloop single to center field in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday lifted the Padres to a 2-1 victory over the Dodgers before a sold-out crowd of 43,926 at Petco Park.