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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? —– Former first round pick Aaron Miller has been converted from the mound to the outfield and sent down from AA to Low-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. —– 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. —– 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 Sanchez, the one-time Giant. I touched on his signing in a previous Making Moves. ===== Greg Zakwin is the founder of the site Plaschke Thy Sweater Is Argyle. Follow him on Twitter @ArgyledPlaschke.

A Major Matt Kemp PC Pickup: 2005 Topps Chrome Update RC Refractor.

My Matt Kemp Collection has grown at a surprisingly brisk pace thus far in 2013, and it hasn't all been base cards and your average, run-of-the-mill inserts. Autos have been seemingly plentiful, and today I feature a must-have RC that has eluded me for years. eBay finally yielded one in my price range, and I couldn't be happier.Boom. So refractor-y, so pretty. I truly love...

Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez nearing return

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is close to rejoining the club. The slugger resumed running the bases recently, his final hurdle before being sent out on a minor league rehab assignment, according to Ken Gurnick and Austin Laymance of Ramirez has been out since the beginning of May with a hamstring injury. Manager Don Mattingly told reporters that Ramirez...

Angels score two runs on a strikeout

It hasn’t been a very good year for the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were supposed to not only compete for the NL West crown, but also for a World Series. But they are now languishing in last place, 7.5 games back, and manager Don Mattingly recently received the dreaded vote of confidence. Hey, but they won yesterday against the Los Angeles Angels, their ‘crosstown rival.’ But...

Dodgers' Nick Punto exits with bruised back

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Nick Punto exited yesterday's contest against the Los Angeles Angels in the fifth inning after he sustained a bone bruise in his back, according to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA. Punto suffered the injury in the second inning, as he collided with a sliding Erick Aybar at second base. He remained in the contest until the fifth frame when he was...

Ryu two-hitter lifts Dodgers

Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a two-hitter for his first complete game in the major leagues, Luis Cruz hit his first homer of the season and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Angels 3-0 in the second game of the Freeway Series on Tuesday night. Ryu (6-2) struck out seven and walked none. The left-hander from South Korea retired 19 consecutive batters during one stretch. His six victories...

Gonzalez leads Dodgers past Angels

Jerry Hairston Jr.'s RBI single scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Adrian Gonzalez went 4 for 4 and scored four runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Angels 8-7 Monday night in the Freeway Series opener. The Angels' season-high eight-game winning streak ended after they blew a five-run lead in the first of two games at Dodger Stadium before the...

Los Angeles Dodgers Sign J.R. Towles To Minor League Deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed catcher J.R. Towles to a minor league deal after the St. Louis Cardinals released him recently. Towles struggled at the Triple-A level in the Cardinals system, batting only .237 this season in 19 games. Playing in parts of five different seasons with the Houston Astros from 2007-2011, Towles batted a meager .187 in 428 at-bats. Towles will serve...

Dodgers ink former Astros' prospect J.R. Towles to minor-league contract

The Dodgers on Wednesday signed former Houston Astros top prospect J.R. Towels to a minor-league deal. Don't worry, A.J. Ellis' job is plenty safe. Towles, a catcher, has played in parts of five seasons in the majors and has posted a horrific .187/.267/.315 triple slash. Towles, 29, is nothing more than minor-league depth, if you consider a catcher who can...

2013 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report, Week 9: Ryu, Lyons, Skaggs dominate

It was definitely a mixed week for rookie pitchers. Hyun-Jin Ryu continued his early success with a shutout of the Angels, and Tyler Lyons pitched his second straight good game. Tyler Skaggs shutout the Rangers over six innings Monday before being sent back down to Triple-A. Ryu threw his first career shutout Wednesday night, limiting the Angels to two hits while striking out seven...

Dodger Prospects Retrospective - 2006

Taking a look at the Dodgers farm system in 2006, when Chad Billingsley and Andy LaRoche ruled.

Bats are Ryu'd to sleep; Angels fall to the Dodgers, 3-0

  It's still too soon to declare the 8-game winning streak a mirage for the Angels, but boy have they looked uninspiring these past couple games. After the offense roared to a 5-run lead yesterday, C.J. Wilson returned to his wild-boy tendencies. Today, the bats decided to stay home.   Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu spotted pitch after pitch, and the ones he didn...

Angels-Dodgers Preview

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia's job was in jeopardy earlier this month, but that's no longer the case. The focus on a managerial job in Southern California these days is squarely on the Los Angeles Dodgers' Don Mattingly. Scioscia's Angels can record their first nine-game win streak in nine seasons Monday when they visit the Dodgers, with Zack Greinke...
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