Saturday was an interesting day for the Albuquerque Isotopes.
The Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate lost Ivan De Jesus Jr., who had started 49 games at second base, in the blockbuster nine-player trade with the Boston Red Sox. De Jesus is not on the Pawtucket Red Sox’s roster as of yet and there may be room for him in Boston. Could be a good opportunity for De Jesus, the 25-year-old former prospect who batted a respectable .273 in 23 major-league games this season.
Jerry Sands wasn’t packing his bags for Pawtucket, likely because he was claimed on the waiver wire by a rival team and could not be immediately included in the trade. One of two players to be named later (Rubby De La Rosa is the other), Sands hit his 25th home run of the season in the Albuquerque Isotopes’ 4-2 win in Memphis.
“It’s been crazy,” Sands told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “That’s part of the business. It’s exciting that people are interested in me. I’m valuable to some people. I’m here for the time being, so I’m just trying to help this ballclub win some games.”
Sands wasn’t the most notable name in the ‘Topes lineup either — that belonged to Dee Gordon, who went 0-for-2 in his rehab debut. Gordon reached on a fielder’s choice in the second inning, grounded out in the fourth and played five error-free innings at shortstop.
De La Rosa is listed on the Isotopes’ roster. For a moment Friday there was some confusion as to whether the right-hander was going to Chattanooga or Albuquerque (or Boston). Looks like it’s Albuquerque.
Yasiel Puig bruised his right heel earlier in the week playing for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga. Days later, in a game against Lake Elsinore on Thursday, Puig stepped on third base awkwardly with his right foot and was seen by a doctor Friday morning. He has not played since, but the injury isn’t considered serious and he’s officially “day-to-day.”
Puig, the Cuban defector whom the Dodgers signed to a 7-year, $42 million contract in July, is batting .281 (9-for-32, all singles) with six stolen bases in nine games.