May 21, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain walks off the field during the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

National League West Movers & Shakers May 2014: Transactions and injury updates


Below are your May 2014 Movers & Shakers, transactions and injury updates around the National League West.

The Giants are currently first in the NLW and hold the best record in baseball at 36-19. The Rockies and Dodgers are both 7.5 games behind San Francisco.


San Francisco Giants (36-19, 1st in NLW – best record in MLB)

Injury/DL Updates – May 2014

Giants Date Status Due Back Injury Notes
Belt, Brandon (1B) 05/24 15-day DL Possibly late June Broken left thumb Placed on 15-day DL on May 10; was expected to remove cast for splint May 23.
Cain, Matt (P) 05/31 15-day DL Possibly early June Right hamstring strain Placed on 15-day DL on May 31, retroactive to May 22
Casilla, Santiago (P) 05/28 15-day DL Possibly mid-to-late June Right hamstring strain Placed on 15-day DL on May 22; played catch May 28.
Lincecum, Tim (P) 05/29 Any day June 3 Right middle finger blister Exited game early May 28; expects to make next start as of May 29 update.
Posey, Buster (C) 05/31 Any day Day-to-day Nerve irritation in lower back Not in starting lineup May 29-31.
Scutaro, Marco (2B) 05/18 60-day DL TBD Lower back strain Transferred to 60-day DL on May 10; had non-surgical procedure performed May 18.

 

Official Transactions

Date Transaction
05/04/14 San Francisco Giants placed RHP Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 24, 2014. Lacerated right index finger
05/05/14 San Francisco Giants recalled RHP Jake Dunning from Fresno Grizzlies.
05/06/14 San Francisco Giants recalled George Kontos from Fresno Grizzlies.
San Francisco Giants optioned RHP Jake Dunning to Fresno Grizzlies.
05/08/14 San Francisco Giants sent LHP David Huff on a rehab assignment to Fresno Grizzlies.
05/10/14 San Francisco Giants activated RHP Matt Cain from the 15-day disabled list.
San Francisco Giants placed 1B Brandon Belt on the 15-day disabled list. Broken left thumb.
San Francisco Giants selected the contract of LF Tyler Colvin from Fresno Grizzlies.
San Francisco Giants optioned RHP George Kontos to Fresno Grizzlies.
San Francisco Giants transferred 2B Marco Scutaro from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Lower back strain
05/12/14 San Francisco Giants optioned CF Juan Perez to Fresno Grizzlies.
San Francisco Giants activated LHP David Huff from the 15-day disabled list.
05/22/14 San Francisco Giants placed RHP Santiago Casilla on the 15-day disabled list. Strained right hamstring
San Francisco Giants recalled George Kontos from Fresno Grizzlies.
05/31/14 San Francisco Giants placed RHP Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 22, 2014. Strained right hamstring
San Francisco Giants recalled Juan Perez from Fresno Grizzlies.

 

Colorado Rockies (28-26, 2nd in NLW, 7.5 games back)

Injury/DL Updates – May 2014

Rockies Date Status Due Back Injury Notes
Anderson, Brett (P) 05/27 60-day DL Possibly early July Fractured left index finger Transferred to 60-day DL on April 25; had pins removed from finger May 27.
Arenado, Nolan (3B) 05/30 15-day DL TBD Left middle finger mallet fracture Learned that he will not require surgery May 30.
Chatwood, Tyler (P) 05/27 60-day DL Possibly late July Right elbow strain Threw at 75 feet May 27.

 

Official Transactions

Date Transaction
05/02/14 Josh Rutledge roster status changed by Colorado Rockies.
Colorado Rockies recalled 1B Ryan Wheeler from Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
05/03/14 Colorado Rockies recalled C Michael McKenry from Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Colorado Rockies optioned RHP Chad Bettis to Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
05/04/14 Colorado Rockies activated RHP Jhoulys Chacin from the 15-day disabled list.
Colorado Rockies placed C Wilin Rosario on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 3, 2014. Viral infection.
05/05/14 Colorado Rockies selected the contract of RHP Nick Masset from Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Colorado Rockies optioned 1B Ryan Wheeler to Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Colorado Rockies transferred RHP Tyler Chatwood from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Right elbow strain.
05/07/14 Colorado Rockies signed free agent LHP Ryan Carpenter to a minor league contract.
05/09/14 Colorado Rockies signed free agent C Michael Vaughn to a minor league contract.
05/13/14 Colorado Rockies optioned 2B Josh Rutledge to Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
05/16/14 Colorado Rockies sent C Wilin Rosario on a rehab assignment to Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
05/18/14 Colorado Rockies activated C Wilin Rosario from the 15-day disabled list.
Colorado Rockies optioned C Michael McKenry to Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Colorado Rockies sent OF Michael Cuddyer on a rehab assignment to Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
05/20/14 Colorado Rockies activated RF Michael Cuddyer from the 15-day disabled list.
Colorado Rockies optioned RHP Chris Martin to Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Colorado Rockies signed free agent LHP Ryan Kulik to a minor league contract.
05/24/14 Colorado Rockies placed 3B Nolan Arenado on the 15-day disabled list. Left middle finger mallet fracture
Colorado Rockies recalled Josh Rutledge from Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

 

Los Angeles Dodgers (29-27, 3rd in NLW, 7.5 games back)

 

Injury/DL Updates – May 2014

Dodgers Date Status Due Back Injury Notes
Billingsley, Chad (P) 05/29 60-day DL Possibly June Recovering from April 2013 Tommy John surgery Threw 30 pitches in two-inning simulated game May 29.
Crawford, Carl (LF) 05/28 15-day DL Possibly June Left ankle sprain Placed on 15-day DL on May 28.
Elbert, Scott (P) 05/22 60-day DL Possibly midseason Recovering from June 2013 Tommy John surgery Throwing bullpen sessions at extended Spring Training as of May 22 update.
Ellis, A.J. (C) 05/27 15-day DL TBD Sprained right ankle Placed on 15-day DL on May 26, retroactive to May 25.
Garcia, Onelki (P) 03/16 60-day DL TBD Recovering from November 2013 left elbow surgery Placed on 60-day DL on March 15, retroactive to March 14.
Uribe, Juan (3B) 05/28 15-day DL TBD Right hamstring strain Placed on 15-day DL on May 21; not close to returning as of May 27 update.

Official Transactions

Date Transaction
05/01/14 Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of RHP Red Patterson from Albuquerque Isotopes.
Los Angeles Dodgers designated CF Nick Buss for assignment.
05/02/14 Los Angeles Dodgers optioned Red Patterson to Albuquerque Isotopes.
Los Angeles Dodgers recalled RHP Jose Dominguez from Albuquerque Isotopes.
Los Angeles Dodgers recalled 3B Chone Figgins from Albuquerque Isotopes.
Los Angeles Dodgers placed LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 28, 2014. Left shoulder inflammation
Los Angeles Dodgers optioned Paco Rodriguez to Albuquerque Isotopes.
05/04/14 Los Angeles Dodgers optioned Jose Dominguez to Albuquerque Isotopes.
Los Angeles Dodgers recalled RHP Stephen Fife from Albuquerque Isotopes.
Oakland Athletics claimed CF Nick Buss off waivers from Los Angeles Dodgers.
05/05/14 Los Angeles Dodgers optioned RHP Stephen Fife to Albuquerque Isotopes.
Los Angeles Dodgers recalled RHP Pedro Baez from Chattanooga Lookouts.
05/06/14 Los Angeles Dodgers activated LHP Clayton Kershaw from the 15-day disabled list.
Los Angeles Dodgers optioned RHP Pedro Baez to Chattanooga Lookouts.
05/11/14 Los Angeles Dodgers sent C A.J. Ellis on a rehab assignment to Albuquerque Isotopes.
05/14/14 Los Angeles Dodgers activated C A.J. Ellis from the 15-day disabled list.
Los Angeles Dodgers optioned C Miguel Olivo to Albuquerque Isotopes.
05/15/14 Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent RHP Yeuri Gonzalez to a minor league contract.
05/16/14 Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent RHP Jeff Bennett to a minor league contract.
Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent IF Alex Liddi to a minor league contract.
05/17/14 Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent LHP Robert Carson to a minor league contract.
05/19/14 Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent RHP Jhan Marinez to a minor league contract.
05/21/14 Los Angeles Dodgers placed RHP Chris Withrow on the 15-day disabled list. Torn right ulnar collateral ligament
Los Angeles Dodgers recalled Erisbel Arruebarrena from Chattanooga Lookouts.
Los Angeles Dodgers activated LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu from the 15-day disabled list.
Los Angeles Dodgers placed 3B Juan Uribe on the 15-day disabled list. Right hamstring strain.
Los Angeles Dodgers optioned Chris Withrow to Albuquerque Isotopes.
05/22/14 Los Angeles Dodgers released C Miguel Olivo.
05/26/14 Los Angeles Dodgers placed C A.J. Ellis on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 25, 2014. Right ankle sprain.
Los Angeles Dodgers recalled C Tim Federowicz from Albuquerque Isotopes.
05/28/14 Baltimore Orioles traded C Johnny Monell to Los Angeles Dodgers for cash.
Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of Jamie Romak from Albuquerque Isotopes.
Los Angeles Dodgers placed LF Carl Crawford on the 15-day disabled list. Left ankle sprain

 

San Diego Padres (25-30, 5th in NLW, 11 games back)

Injury/DL Updates – May 2014

Padres Date Status Due Back Injury Notes
Cashner, Andrew (P) 05/30 15-day DL Possibly early June Right elbow soreness Threw 45 pitches in bullpen session May 30; scheduled to throw in simulated game June 2.
Erlin, Robert (P) 05/22 15-day DL TBD Left elbow soreness Placed on 15-day DL on May 22, retroactive to May 18.
Johnson, Josh (P) 05/16 Out for Season 2015 Recovering from April 2014 Tommy John surgery Underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery April 24.
Kelly, Casey (P) 05/31 15-day DL Possibly June Recovering from April 2013 Tommy John surgery MRI week of May 26 came back clean; will resume throwing soon as of May 29 update.
Luebke, Cory (P) 03/21 Out for Season 2015 Recovering from February 2014 Tommy John surgery Underwent Tommy John surgery Feb. 18; placed on 60-day DL on March 7.
Maybin, Cameron (CF) 05/31 Any day TBD Right calf tightness Exited game in second inning May 31.
Wieland, Joseph (P) 05/28 60-day DL Possibly All-Star break Recovering from March 2014 right elbow surgery Playing catch from 105 feet as of May 28 update.

 

Official Transactions

Date Transaction
05/02/14 San Diego Padres signed free agent RHP Odrisamer Despaigne to a minor league contract.
05/03/14 San Diego Padres sent OF Carlos Quentin on a rehab assignment to Lake Elsinore Storm.
San Diego Padres sent RHP Casey Kelly on a rehab assignment to Lake Elsinore Storm.
05/05/14 San Diego Padres recalled Kyle Blanks from El Paso Chihuahuas.
San Diego Padres designated LF Xavier Nady for assignment.
San Diego Padres sent 3B Chase Headley on a rehab assignment to Lake Elsinore Storm.
05/07/14 San Diego Padres selected the contract of RHP Hector Ambriz from El Paso Chihuahuas.
San Diego Padres optioned SS Jace Peterson to El Paso Chihuahuas.
San Diego Padres sent OF Carlos Quentin on a rehab assignment to El Paso Chihuahuas.
05/08/14 San Diego Padres sent LF Xavier Nady outright to El Paso Chihuahuas.
San Diego Padres recalled Kevin Quackenbush from El Paso Chihuahuas.
San Diego Padres designated RHP Hector Ambriz for assignment.
05/10/14 San Diego Padres sent RHP Hector Ambriz outright to El Paso Chihuahuas.
San Diego Padres optioned RHP Kevin Quackenbush to El Paso Chihuahuas.
San Diego Padres activated 3B Chase Headley from the 15-day disabled list.
05/11/14 LF Xavier Nady elected free agency.
05/12/14 San Diego Padres sent RHP Casey Kelly on a rehab assignment to San Antonio Missions.
05/13/14 San Diego Padres activated LF Carlos Quentin from the 15-day disabled list.
San Diego Padres optioned 1B Kyle Blanks to El Paso Chihuahuas.
San Diego Padres placed RHP Dale Thayer on the paternity list.
San Diego Padres recalled Kevin Quackenbush from El Paso Chihuahuas.
05/14/14 San Diego Padres activated RHP Dale Thayer from the paternity list.
San Diego Padres optioned RHP Kevin Quackenbush to El Paso Chihuahuas.
05/15/14 San Diego Padres traded 1B Kyle Blanks to Oakland Athletics for LF Jake Goebbert and Player To Be Named Later.
San Diego Padres recalled Kevin Quackenbush from El Paso Chihuahuas.
San Diego Padres signed free agent SS Jose Savinon to a minor league contract.
05/16/14 San Diego Padres optioned RHP Kevin Quackenbush to El Paso Chihuahuas.
05/17/14 San Diego Padres placed RHP Andrew Cashner on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 15, 2014. Right Elbow Soreness
San Diego Padres recalled Kevin Quackenbush from El Paso Chihuahuas.
05/22/14 San Diego Padres placed LHP Robbie Erlin on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 18, 2014. Left Elbow Soreness
San Diego Padres selected the contract of RHP Blaine Boyer from El Paso Chihuahuas.
05/23/14 San Diego Padres signed free agent RHP Michael Nix to a minor league contract.
05/24/14 San Diego Padres selected the contract of RHP Billy Buckner from El Paso Chihuahuas.
Baltimore Orioles traded LHP Troy Patton to San Diego Padres for C Nick Hundley.
05/25/14 San Diego Padres designated RHP Blaine Boyer for assignment.
San Diego Padres designated RHP Billy Buckner for assignment.
San Diego Padres recalled Tommy Medica from El Paso Chihuahuas.
05/27/14 San Diego Padres sent Blaine Boyer outright to El Paso Chihuahuas.
San Diego Padres sent Billy Buckner outright to El Paso Chihuahuas.

 

Arizona Diamondbacks (23-34, 5th in NLW, 14 games back)

Injury/DL Updates – May 2014

Diamondbacks Date Status Due Back Injury Notes
Corbin, Patrick (P) 03/25 Out for Season 2015 Recovering from March 2014 Tommy John surgery Underwent Tommy John surgery March 25.
Hernandez, David (P) 04/03 Out for Season 2015 Torn right elbow ligament Underwent Tommy John surgery April 1.
Hudson, Daniel (P) 05/13 15-day DL Possibly 2014 Recovering from June 2013 Tommy John surgery Threw bullpen session, including slider for first time, as of May 13 update.
Pennington, Cliff (SS) 05/29 Any day Day-to-day Hand Scratched from starting lineup May 28; not in starting lineup May 29.
Putz, J.J. (P) 05/30 15-day DL Possibly late May Right forearm tightness Threw 24 pitches in simulated game May 30; tentatively scheduled to throw simulated game June 2.
Reynolds, Matt (P) 04/29 15-day DL TBD Recovering from September 2013 Tommy John surgery Played catch from 120 feet April 28.
Trumbo, Mark (RF) 05/31 15-day DL Possibly July Stress fracture in left foot Took swings off batting tee May 28-30.

 

Official Transactions

Date Transaction
05/02/14 Arizona Diamondbacks recalled LF Alfredo Marte from Reno Aces.
Arizona Diamondbacks optioned CF Tony Campana to Reno Aces.
05/06/14 Arizona Diamondbacks placed RHP J.J. Putz on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 4, 2014. Right forearm tightness
Arizona Diamondbacks selected the contract of RHP Evan Marshall from Reno Aces.
Arizona Diamondbacks optioned RHP Mike Bolsinger to Reno Aces.
Arizona Diamondbacks recalled Chase Anderson from Mobile BayBears.
05/09/14 Arizona Diamondbacks signed free agent OF Dustin Martin to a minor league contract.
05/12/14 Arizona Diamondbacks signed free agent LHP Spencer Medick to a minor league contract.
05/14/14 Arizona Diamondbacks signed free agent C Dallas Tarleton to a minor league contract.
05/25/14 Arizona Diamondbacks recalled RHP Zeke Spruill from Reno Aces.
05/26/14 Arizona Diamondbacks optioned Zeke Spruill to Reno Aces.
05/28/14 Arizona Diamondbacks selected the contract of 1B Nick Evans from Reno Aces.
Arizona Diamondbacks optioned Alfredo Marte to Reno Aces.
05/30/14 Arizona Diamondbacks signed free agent RHP Josh Slaats to a minor league contract.

 

You can see previous transactions and injury updates for March and April in NLW Movers & Shakers here.

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