Tony Gwynn Jr., Jerry Sands Both Headed To Triple A Albuquerque

Monday's transactional partners made news just two days later, as both Tony Gwynn Jr. and Jerry Sands will soon be with Triple A Albuquerque. Gwynn, who was designated for assignment on Monday to make room on the roster for Sands, cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple A.

Sands will be optioned to Albuquerque to make room for Adam Kennedy, who will be activated from the disabled list on Friday, though the move hasn't yet been made official. Kennedy went 2-for-4 on Wednesday, playing third base for the Isotopes in his final minor league rehab game.

Sands appeared in only one of the three games in this stint with the Dodgers, as he was 0-for-3 as the starting right fielder in Monday's loss. Sands, who started 25 games at first base for Triple A in addition to his 50 starts in left field and 19 starts in right field, has four hits in 23 at-bats in nine games with the Dodgers this season.

The demotion of Sands means Juan Uribe sticks around for a while. Wednesday marked the sixth straight game a healthy Uribe didn't play, the 12th inactive game for Uribe in the last 13 contests. Barring a trade, Uribe now seems likely to remain on the roster through at least the end of the season. How often he will play, especially with Kennedy back, remains to be seen.

For Gwynn, he has three weeks to stay in game shape and is a candidate to return once rosters expand on September 1, though he will need to be re-added to the 40-man roster.

The 40-man roster currently stands at 39, but that one remaining spot could go to at least one of Rubby De La Rosa, Ted Lilly, or Matt Guerrier, all of whom are on the 60-day disabled list and are rehabbing with varying degrees of success. Justin Sellers would have been another possible roster addition from the 60-day disabled list, but his setback with his lower back injury this week casts some doubt over his return.

Up Next

The Dodgers will take Thursday to travel across the country, as they begin a 10-game road trip. The first stop is in Miami for a weekend series with the Marlins. Clayton Kershaw gets the call in the series opener on Friday, facing Mark Buehrle for Miami.

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