Rafael Montero demoted to Las Vegas
Montero struggled to find consistency in the rotation. He managed three quality starts, but was pounded for 13 runs in 13 innings in his other three starts combined.
Yankees consider six-man rotation when Masahiro Tanaka returns
"We are going to look at every avenue possible," Rothschild said. "It doesn't mean we are going to do it."
Rothschild added that the Yankees could use a six-man rotation not just to protect Tanaka, but his other starters in the wake of the epidemic of arm problems in the major leagues.
Tigers promote two southpaws from Toledo
The latter gave up four runs on eight hits in seven innings during an earlier stint with the big league club this year. Lobstein has yet to make his major league debut.
Ian Krol demoted to Triple-A
Krol has yielded four runs on seven hits in his last five innings and owns a 4.97 ERA on the season.
Robbie Ray sent back to Toledo
Ray has surrendered 20 earned runs in his last 14 1/3 innings pitched covering four outings.
Jacob Turner in, Edwin Jackson out of Cubs rotation
What was suspected is now official:
Turner has pitched two games out of the bullpen since the trade that brought him from Miami. He has been battered this season to the tune of a 4-7 record and 5.77 ERA. Jackson has been a mess for months. He is 6-14 with a 6.09 ERA.
Justin Ruggiano sidelined with ankle ailment
Ruggiano has hit safely in the last six games in which he has started.
Odrisamer Despaigne: Hitters have adjusted against me
Among them was Friday night, when he surrendered three runs on five hits in five innings in Arizona for his second straight loss. Despaigne has yielded 20 earned runs on 39 hits in his last 31 innings pitched covering six starts to raise his ERA from a sparkling 1.31 to 3.44.
"The first five starts, hitters had no idea about me," Despaigne told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I was the new guy. The last six of them, it's been different. Guys are making more adjustments, seeing me the second time, getting a better idea of how I like to work."
Despaigne found success in his early starts releasing the ball from several different arm angles.
Travis Snider raking while Gregory Polanco learning
Despite an 0-for-5 night on Friday, Snider has earned the playing time. He owned an 11-game hitting streak previously in which he had six multi-hit games, scored seven runs and rose his batting average from .242 to .277. Polanco, on the other hand, has just one hit in his last 27 at-bats.
"Snider's been torrid," Clift Hurdle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Friday. "Thirty-five games left, another day, another opportunity for Polanco to get some work done. The good side of it is when we've had some time to settle him down a little bit, when he has been back plugged in he's been very fresh and usually shows a lot of improvement."
Hurdle added that he wants Polanco to revert to the swing that proved successful upon his promotion from the minors. He began the season on an 11-game hitting streak that vaulted his average to .365 and allowed him to score 11 runs.
"I think we're trying to show him the fact once his front foot hits, that his hands are set in a position," Hurdle said. "There's been, I think, a little more movement than necessary with his hands. ... Sometimes you don't know whether it's fatigue, whether it's anxiety, whether it's the ptiches, but they're pitching him up a lot more. That's no secret. He's doing a lot more up-chasing than he had done when he first got here."
Michael Taylor dispatched to Syracuse
Taylor managed three hits in 18 at-bats during his brief stint with Washington and is expected to return sometime soon.
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August 21, 2014
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