Utahns in baseball: Former Ute Stephen Fife and former BYU slugger Matt Carson each placed on DL
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.
Stephen Fife (triple-A Albuquerque) placed on DL with right forearm tightness.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) May 25, 2014
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.
The Clippers take a 2-1 lead to the 5th, but Matt Carson is hurt on a tag at first to end the 4th. Tim Fedroff is in CF for him #ClipShow— Darius Montez (@Thig08) May 25, 2014
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.
TRANSACTION: OF Jeremy Rathjen added to #Quakes from Ogden roster, INF Adam law transferred to Ogden.— RC Quakes Baseball (@RCQuakes) May 19, 2014
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.
Buck is just 2-of-16 at the plate since boosting his batting average to .300 on May 4. He’s batting .222 on the year, with a pair of RBIs. He also has a .300 on-base percentage.
C.J. Cron (Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Cron had three hits and one RBI in 12 at-bats during the week. Cron went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI to help lead the Angels to a 6-1 win over Kansas City on Friday. He picked up another hit on Sunday, while drawing two walks.
After a sizzling start to the season, the former Ute cooled to below .300 for the first time since his promotion to the majors after Monday’s game against Houston, but raised it back to .302 after Sunday’s contest.
Jeremy Guthrie (BYU), Kansas City Royals: Guthrie allowed three hits, two walks and one run in seven innings, but was left without a decision in Kansas City’s 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
Guthrie has pitched at least seven innings in three of his last four starts. He’s 2-3, with a 4.39 ERA and 1.19 WHIP (walks and hits per inning) this season.
Matt Carson (BYU), Columbus (Cleveland Indians): Carson had two hits in 15 at-bats for the Clippers this past week. The BYU alum also stole two bases during the week.
However, Carson left Columbus’ game Saturday with a left ankle sprain. He was placed on the minor league seven-day disabled list with that injury on Sunday.
Stephen Fife (Utah), Albuquerque (Los Angeles Dodgers): Fife did not pitch this week. Fife was officially placed on the seven-day disabled list Sunday morning with right forearm tightness, retroactive to May 23. The former Ute has not pitched since May 10.
Brandon Lyon (Taylorsville H.S.), Salt Lake (Los Angeles Angels): Lyon pitched a perfect frame for Salt Lake Monday night before opting for free agency before Salt Lake’s game on Tuesday.
The Utahn was 0-6 with the Bees, with a 4.08 ERA in 17 2/3 innings. He made 20 appearances for Salt Lake, and opposing hitters were batting .398 against the righty this season.
Tyson Brummett (Spanish Fork H.S.), Chattanooga (Los Angeles Dodgers): Brummett allowed eight hits and four runs (three earned), but picked up his fourth win of the season as Chattanooga defeated Mississippi 15-4 on Thursday. Brummett also struck out five in the win.
The righty improved to 4-3, with a 1.66 ERA on the year. The four runs were the most he’s allowed in a start this season. He’s also allowed three earned runs in each of his last two starts.
Parker Morin (Utah), Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City Royals): Morin remains on the seven-day disabled list. The catcher has not played since May 12. He’s batting .211 on the year, with three doubles and six RBIs with the Naturals.
Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Mississippi (Atlanta Braves): Schlehuber had two hits and two RBIs in 10 at-bats over the week. The Bountiful native hit an RBI single and drove in another run on a bases-loaded hit by pitch in the Braves’ 6-3 loss to Chattanooga on Saturday.
He’s batting .231, with two home runs and 14 RBIs this season.
Matt Spring (Dixie State), Portland (Boston Red Sox): Spring had two hits, including a double, in six at-bats for the Sea Dogs during the week. The Dixie State product is batting .191 on the year.
Keenyn Walker (Judge Memorial H.S.), Birmingham (Chicago White Sox): Walker had three hits, one RBI, four runs scored and five stolen bases in 18 at-bats. In a 4-3 win over Pensacola Thursday, Walker drew a walk in the seventh inning before stealing second and third base, and then scored the go-ahead run to help Birmingham get the victory.
Walker has drawn eight walks in his last four games. He entered this past week with just three walks in 22 previous games. Despite a .235 on-base percentage on the season, he has a .326 on-base percentage over his past 10 games.
Jaycob Brugman (BYU), Beloit (Oakland Athletics): Brugman had five hits and one RBI in 18 at-bats during the week. The BYU alumnus is batting .276 on the year, with 12 extra base hits and 15 RBIs with the Snappers this season.
He also holds an impressive .357 on-base percentage and has an .855 OPS (on-base plus slugging) percentage over his past 10 games.
Chris Capper (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): Capper remains on the seven-day disabled list and has yet to appear in a game with the Silver Hawks this season.
Taylor Cole (BYU), Dunedin (Toronto Blue Jays): Cole allowed five hits, one walk and three runs while striking out a season-high 10 batters in 6 2/3 innings Friday, but picked up a loss in the effort. Cole allowed two home runs in the start as Dunedin fell to Fort Myers 4-2.
The righty allowed just one home run in nine previous games. He has 73 strikeouts this season and averages 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings this season. Despite losing two of his last three starts, the BYU alum still boasts a 2.58 ERA.
Jake Hannemann (BYU), Kane County (Chicago Cubs): Hannemann had eight hits, three RBIs and four runs scored in 28 at-bats during the week. The former BYU standout is riding a mini five-game hitting streak. He also stole two bases over the week.
Hannemann is batting .222 this season, with three doubles, three triples, two home runs, 18 RBIs and 27 runs scored in 45 games.
Adam Law (BYU), Ogden Raptors (Los Angeles Dodgers): Law did not play this past week. He was transferred from Rancho Cucamonga to the Ogden Raptors roster for the second time this season on Monday. He was batting .309 with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
Brady Lail (Bingham H.S.), Charleston (New York Yankees): Lail allowed six hits, one walk and one run in five frames on his way to picking up his sixth straight win. Lail also struck out five, leading the RiverDogs to a 6-3 win over Hickory.
Lail is 7-1 on the season, with a 3.14 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings.
Marcus Littlewood (Pine View H.S.), Clinton (Seattle Mariners): Littlewood had three hits and one RBI in 19 at-bats throughout the week. The St. George native has cooled from his hot start to the season, hitting .147 over his last 10 games. The recent slump has dropped Littlewood’s batting average below .300 for the first time this season.
He’s batting .295 on the year, with nine doubles, three home runs and 22 RBIs in 30 games with the LumberKings.
Adam Miller (BYU), South Bend (Arizona Diamondbacks): Miller remains on the seven-day disabled list. The BYU alum last pitched on May 15. He is 3-0 this season, with a 2.80 ERA.
Tyler Wagner (Utah), Brevard County (Milwaukee Brewers): Wagner allowed seven hits, three walks and three runs in six innings, as Brevard County fell to Palm Beach 4-2 on Friday. Wagner picked up his third loss of the year in the process.
Despite maintaining a 2.05 ERA on the season, Wagner has lost three of his last four starts.
Matt Neil (BYU), York Revolution: Neil allowed four hits and one run while striking out four in a winning effort in his debut with the Revolution on Sunday. The BYU alumnus signed with York on Saturday after being released by the Tampa Bay Rays organization on Wednesday.
Neil was 1-2, with a 7.40 ERA in seven games with the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits, prior to his release. He fared much better as a reliever, putting together a 4.35 ERA in 10 1/3 innings in that role with the Biscuits. He made his last appearance with the team on May 18.
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