Three Big Roster Moves Just Went Down
WHITE SOX MAKE ROSTER MOVES
CHICAGO – Prior to tonight’s game vs. Detroit, the Chicago White Sox recalled right-handed pitcher Adam Russell from Class AAA Charlotte and returned third baseman Joe Crede from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Charlotte.
To make room on the 25-man roster for Russell, the White Sox optioned left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard to Charlotte on Monday.
Russell, 25, is 3-2 with a 2.89 ERA (12 ER/37.1 IP), 28 strikeouts and 28 hits allowed in 25 relief outings with the Knights this season. The 6-foot-8, 250-pounder also has appeared in nine games over two stints with the White Sox in 2008 (May 1-5 and June 13-July 20), going 3-0 with a 5.59 ERA (6 ER/9.2 IP).
Richard, 24, went 0-2 with a 10.38 ERA (15 ER/13.0 IP) in three starts with the Sox after his contract was purchased from Charlotte on July 21.
Crede, 30, has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 25 (retroactive to July 22) with back lumbar inflammation. He was sent to Charlotte on his rehab assignment on August 1 and went 0-3 in his only game.
MARINERS OPTION BRANDON MORROW, RECALL JARED WELLS Morrow will go to AAA to begin conversion to starting pitcher role.
SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Mariners Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Lee Pelekoudas announced today that the Mariners have optioned right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow to AAA Tacoma. To take his spot on the Major League, 25-man roster, the club has recalled right-handed pitcher Jared Wells from Tacoma.
Wells will be in uniform (#40) and available for tonight’s 7:10 p.m. game vs. the Minnesota Twins.
“We have long viewed Brandon as a starter,” Pelekoudas said. “He pitched his way onto the team in 2007, giving us an opportunity to acclimate him to the Majors in a relief role and, at the start of this season, we thought his greatest value to the team in 2008 was in the bullpen.
“However, as our season progressed and it became obvious we were not going to reach the goals we had entering this year, we began internal discussions on the best time to convert Brandon back to a starting role. We believe that giving him time to stretch out in Tacoma and then, hopefully, make some starts for the big league club before spending the 2008 off-season preparing to come to camp as a starting pitcher for 2009 is the best route for his development.”
Morrow, 24, made 40 appearances in relief for Seattle this season after being recalled from AA West Tennessee on April 17. He compiled a 1-2 mark with 10 saves and a 1.47 ERA, striking out 47 in 36.2 innings pitched. Morrow is currently third in the American League in ERA among relievers. He did not allow a run in 35 of 40 appearances this season, and converted 10 of 12 save opportunities. Morrow was the Mariners first selection (#5 overall) in the 2006 June draft.
Wells, 26, was recalled from Tacoma on July 10 but did not appear in a game for the Mariners before being optioned back to Tacoma on July 11. Wells has 18 combined saves in AAA, tops in the P.C.L. He was acquired by Seattle from San Diego in exchange for RHP Cha Seung Baek on May 28 of this season. Wells was 0-3, 6.83 with 9 saves in 25 relief appearances with the Rainiers since joining the club after the trade. Wells made his Major League debut with the Padres this year, appearing in two games and not recording a decision. Wells had nine saves with AAA Portland, allowing 19 hits in 20.0 innings pitched while compiling a 1-1 mark.
METS PLACE LHP BILLY WAGNER ON 15-DAY DL
RECALL RHP RUDDY LUGO FROM NEW ORLEANS
FLUSHING, N.Y., August 5, 2008 – The New York Mets today placed lefthanded pitcher Billy Wagner on the 15-Day Disabled List, retroactive to August 3rd, with a strained left forearm and recalled righthanded pitcher Ruddy Lugo from New Orleans (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Lugo, 28, will wear #49 and will be available for tonight’s game vs. San Diego. The Mets 40-man roster now stands at 40.
Lugo was 7-10 with a 5.09 ERA in 21 starts with the Zephyrs this year. In 122.0 innings, he’s allowed 122 hits, 73 runs, 69 earned, with 44 walks and 95 strikeouts.
Ruddy was claimed off waivers from the Oakland A’s on January 30, 2008. Lugo went 6-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 38 combined games with Oakland and Tampa Bay in 2007. In 48.1 innings, he yielded 48 hits, 29 runs, earned, with 37 walks and 34 strikeouts. He was sixth among American League relievers in victories and worked 2.0 or more innings nine times.
He was 2-4 with a 3.81 ERA in 64 games with Tampa Bay in 2006. In 85.0 innings, he surrendered 75 hits, 39 runs, 36 earned, with 37 walks and 48 strikeouts.
Lugo graduated from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn in 1999. He struck out 12 batters and scored the winning run at Shea Stadium on June 15, 1999 to help Xaverian to the Catholic High School Athletic Association championship over Iona Prep. He is also the younger brother of Boston’s Julio Lugo.