SEATTLE - JULY 31: Relief pitcher Mike Ekstrom #54 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 31, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Rays defeated the Mariners 8-1.(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Recapping the day's designated for assignments:
- The Tampa Bay Rays designated right-handed pitcher Mike Ekstrom for assignment, as first reported by Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times. The move was made to make room on the 40-man roster for third baseman Russ Canzler. Ekstrom threw a whopping one inning for the Rays this season at the major-league level.
- The New York Yankees designated left-handed pitcher Steve Garrison for assignment, as first reported by Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger. In a corresponding move, the Yankees placed Austin Romine on the 40-man roster and called him up. The 24-year-old Garrison has spent the season in short-season A ball and Double-A, but he did face two batters in the majors.
- The Colorado Rockies designated catcher Matt Pagnozzi for assignment, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. The Rockies then called up top prospect right-handed starter Drew Pomeranz to make his major-league debut. Pagnozzi, 28, hit .286/.348/.286 in 25 plate appearances this season.