Utahns in baseball: Former Ute Stephen Fife and former BYU slugger Matt Carson each placed on DL

Published: Sunday, May 25 2014 11:25 p.m. MDT

Los Angeles Dodgers' Stephen Fife delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Wilfredo Lee, AP

University of Utah alum Stephen Fife and former BYU Cougar Matt Carson were each placed on the disabled list Sunday with different injuries, adding to the growing number of baseball players with Utah ties on the disabled list this year.

Fife, who last pitched for Triple-A Albuquerque on May 10, was officially placed on the minor league baseball seven-day disabled list on Sunday with forearm tightness in his pitching arm.

Los Angeles Times Dodgers beat writer Dylan Hernandez tweeted out the transaction Sunday afternoon. There is no indication about the severity of the injury or how long the former Ute will be out.

Fife is 1-2, with a 6.94 ERA with the Isotopes this season. He also allowed four runs in six innings during his only start with the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, picking up no-decision in a game against the Miami Marlins.

Fife isn't alone on the disabled list, however.

Former BYU slugger Matt Carson, who has been with Triple-A Columbus all season, was also placed on the disabled list on Sunday with a left ankle sprain.

Darius Montez, with WMNI 920 in Columbus, tweeted that Carson left Columbus' game against Durham on Saturday after being tagged out on the base pads.

Fife and Carson join Parker Morin (Double-A Northwest Arkansas), Chris Capper (Single-A South Bend) and Adam Miller (Single-A South Bend) as players with Utah ties on the disabled list.

In other transactions, Taylorsville High School alum Brandon Lyon opted out of his deal with the Salt Lake Bees on Tuesday, while BYU alum Matt Neil was released by Double-A Montgomery on Wednesday.

Lyon remains a free agent, while Neil signed with the York (Pennsylvania) Revolution in the independent leagues on Saturday. Neil pitched for the Revolution on Sunday and picked up a win in his team debut.

BYU alum Adam Law was also transferred to the Ogden Raptors on Monday. It's the second time this season he has been transferred to Ogden.

On the field of play, BYU alum Jeremy Guthrie pitched well in a no-decision for the Kansas City Royals. Guthrie allowed just one run in seven innings in a start against the Chicago White Sox. The Royals went on to win the game 3-1.

Former Judge Memorial High School standout Keenyn Walker also had a productive week. Walker stole five bases during the week for Double-A Birmingham. On Thursday, he drew a walk, then stole second and third base, before scoring a go-ahead run that helped the Barons beat Pensacola 4-3.

In Single-A action, former BYU pitcher Taylor Cole continued his hefty strikeout numbers this season. Cole struck out 10 batters in 6 2/3 innings on Friday, upping him to 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings this season. Despite the 10-strikeout performance, Cole picked up his third loss of the season.


John Buck (Taylorsville H.S.), Seattle Mariners: Buck had one hit in six at-bats during the week. Buck also had an RBI ground out in Seattle’s 9-4 loss to Houston on Saturday.

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