Making Moves: Hairston back in action, Miller moved off the mound, recovering Songco promoted

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Jerry Hairston Jr. was activated from the DL, and Dee Gordon was sent to AAA in a corresponding move in order to clear a 25-man roster spot.

The Dodgers on Monday activated Jerry Hairston before their game with the Angels, and to make room on the roster optioned shortstop Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque. Hairston, who has been sidelined since May 5 with injuries to his left groin and left knee, is in the lineup for the Dodgers on Monday, playing left field and batting seventh.

Nick Punto will play the bulk of the time at shortstop until Hanley Ramirez returns from the disabled list, with the other starts going to Luis Cruz. Manager Don Mattingly said Ramirez could begin a rehab assignment over the weekend, which puts him in line for a return early on the next homestand, about a week away.

Luis Cruz gets yet another reprieve.

How many lives does he have?

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Former first-round pick Aaron Miller has been converted from the mound to the outfield and sent down from AA to A-ball to begin the transition.

The Dodgers have decided to switch things up with former supplemental first round pick Aaron Miller. The left-handed pitcher has been demoted from Double-A Chattanooga to Class-A Great Lakes, and will switch to the outfield.

“This was something the organization has been talking about for close to a year. His velocity had dropped and he’s had some nagging injuries,” said Dodgers head of player development De Jon Watson. “He was a two-way player coming out of Baylor when we drafted him and we liked what we saw in his bat when he pitched.”

Miller hit .310/.415/.568 with 12 home runs, 47 RBI, 50 strikeouts, and 25 walks in 56 games in his junior season in 2009. The Dodgers drafted Miller 36th overall in the 2009 draft, and head of scouting Logan White at the time called Miller a pitcher in the Erik Bedard mold.

“We felt this was the right time to make the switch given his age and his desire to continue pursuing his big league dream and help this organization,” Watson said.

If it keeps him in the system, why not, as he wasn’t making progress as a pitcher.

It’s unlikely he’ll hit half as well as he did in college, but stranger things have happened, and there’s always the possibility he could be the next Rick Ankiel.

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Angelo Songco has been promoted to Double-A, as reported by our own Dustin Nosler.

If you recall, Songco’s prospect star was rising before he needed a rod inserted into his leg and missed a few months. Always a long road back.

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Wasn’t much going on with minor-league moves this week. Probably for the better.

Signed: LHP Jonathan Sanchez (released by Pirates, May 8)
Released: 2B Omar Luna

The name of note is, of course, Jonathan Sanchez, the one-time Giant. I touched on his signing in a previous Making Moves.

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