Dayton Moore and Ned Yost discuss roster moves

Dayton Moore and Ned Yost met with the media today about the roster moves. Jonathan Sanchez was designated for assignment and Jason Bourgeois was optioned to Omaha.  Moore discussed the move with Sanchez.  “We felt that right before the All-Star break he was throwing the ball much better, yesterday actually we thought he turned the ball loose as good as he has before, but the results just weren’t very good. We just felt that change was required at this point in time. It was evident that we needed to deflate the situation and move forward,” said Moore.  Yost said, “He still has the stuff to be successful, but for whatever reason he just wasn’t successful here.”

Bourgeois wasn’t playing much up here and that was a main reason they optioned him to Omaha. Yost said, “We didn’t want him here as a pinch runner and we needed pitching. We had to have a spot for pitching and if something happens to one of our outfielders we want him down there playing and he can come back up here fresh and ready to go.”

Ryan Verdugo will be making his first Major League start in tonight’s game against the Seattle Mariners. The reason why Yost chose him to be a part of the pitching roster was because “Number one, he was available to pitch, and number two, he’s got pretty good numbers. We are just going to go and just let him pitch. He has good stuff and we are anxious to see him pitch.”

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