Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Transaction Tuesday: Lindgren, Number Changes, Minor Leaguer Suspended

Though spring training is just beginning, we have some transactions and moves that may have flew under the radar. With that in mind, here is this week's Transaction Tuesday Recap. Spoiler alert - there's not a lot to report just yet.

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Atlanta
Disabled: Jacob Lindgren (60-day)...It didn't receive a lot of fanfare, but Atlanta's signing of Lindgren could turn into a big move - in 2018. Lindgren, who has earned the moniker "The Strikeout Factory," will miss all of 2017 recovering from Tommy John surgery. However, when he is healthy, the Braves will have a pair of lefties in Lindgren and A.J. Minter that could dominate coming out of the pen for years.

Number Changes: Rio Ruiz (#32 to #14), Jose Ramirez (#40 to #52), Matt Wisler (#37 to #45), Mauricio Cabrera (#62 to #56), Jason Hursh (#67 to #61), Chaz Roe (#50 to #51)...The beginning of spring training typically allows holdover young players a chance to lobby for a new number.

Danville
Suspended: Gabe Howell...A 20th rounder last June, Howell was a star at Trion High School in northern Georgia. He hit .650 his senior year with 22 extra-base hits, including eight dingers. He also stole 14 bases. Still, Howell wasn't a heavily recruited athlete and landed with the Braves. A shortstop in high school, Howell played briefly at third base for the GCL Braves last summer before being move up the ladder. For whatever reason, he never played with Danville and his first season's stats included just seven games. His second season isn't off to much of a better start either as he was saddled with "a 68-game suspension after a positive test for hydrochlorothiazide." Most often used to treat high blood pressure and fluid build-up, hydrochlorothiazide is also considered a masking agent that can hide or impair the ability for drug tests to screen for other performance-enhancing drugs.

And that's all for this week. If you haven't seen this series before, it really takes off during the season as a way to follow promotions/demotions.

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