Making Moves: Puig & Moylan up, but Carl, Kemp, A.J. to the DL + Towles signed, 8 released


It has finally happened. The Yasiel Puig Era has begun.

The Dodgers return home for a 10-game homestand on Monday, and will do so with the most exciting of reinforcements. Yasiel Puig has been recalled by the Dodgers from Double-A Chattanooga and will join the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday, the team announced after their loss to the Rockies.

Matt Magill, who had an historically bad performance in the loss to Colorado, was optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque, roughly six hours after he was recalled to make a spot start.

There will be ups and downs but the potential is certainly there, especially if he’s not asked to play much center. He’s somehow already a better option there than Andre Ethier, though, and I’m not even sure Puig could handle center.


Peter Moylan was recalled from AAA, with Javy Guerra taking his place in Albuquerque.

The Dodgers on Friday made a roster move to keep some bullpen depth, as they selected the contract of Peter Moylan from Triple-A Albuquerque, and optioned Javy Guerra back to the Isotopes.

Moylan signed a minor league deal with the Dodgers on Jan. 15, and had an out clause in his contract that would have allowed him to become a free agent if not added to the roster by Saturday.

Moylan has been quite effective in Triple-A Albuquerque this season, at 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA, two saves, 24 strikeouts and eight unintentional walks in 23. innings in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League.

For Guerra, it was a lesson in the negatives of having options remaining. Probably the right move considering the state of the pen.


A.J. Ellis hit the DL with a strained left oblique, and Matt Magill was temporarily recalled to make a spot start.

Carl Crawford hit the disabled list due to a strained left hamstring. Stephen Fife was recalled to make a spot start.

Tim Federowicz got the call from AAA after Matt Kemp also hit the 15-day DL with a hamstring problem. Without Kemp, the Dodgers’ lack of center field depth is startling.


Two Dodger minor-leaguers that were released, Ryan Acosta and C.J. Retherford, tested positive for illegal substances.

A pair of minor leaguers released by the Dodgers this week won’t be playing for another organization anytime soon. Relief pitcher Ryan Acosta and infielder C.J. Retherford were both suspended 50 games on Friday for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

Both Acosta and Retherford tested positive for an amphetamine. The Dodgers declined comment on the suspensions.

Both were non-factors in the system.


The Dodgers signed former Astros backstop J.R. Towles to a minor-league deal. It’s a testament to the lack of catching depth more than anything.

Besides that signing, a handful of releases comprised of the minor-league moves for the week.

Released: RHP Aris Angeles, RHP Ricardo de la Rosa, RHP Samuel Taveras, C Jesus Flores, 3B Jeff Hunt, SS Justin Boudreaux

Jesus Flores is the only relevant name there. Hence the Towles signing.


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