The Albuquerque Isotopes took another loss Sunday afternoon, though this one will not be listed in the standings.
Veteran infielder Alfredo Amezaga exercised the opt-out clause in his contract and became a free agent.
“I’m going to miss the little guy,” manager Lorenzo Bundy said with a smile. “His defense was as good as he’s known for. He’s really a good guy to have around. Offensively he was doing a really nice job and in our clubhouse, around the guys.”
Amezaga hit .339/.404/.484 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 25 RBI for Albuquerque this season. He saw time at second base, third base and shortstop.
The Dodgers had faced a similar situation with reliever Peter Moylan and opted to call him up to the big leagues on Friday but they did not have room for Amezaga.
To replace Amezaga on the roster the Isotopes activated Elian Herrera from the temporary inactive list. Herrera had been given time off to welcome the birth of his son on Saturday.
“He sent me a text last night when the baby was born,” Bundy said. “If you can read into the writing of a text and feel the joy and happiness of somebody, that was one of those types you could read. You could see how happy and relieved he was.”
Herrera was hitting .304/.364/.403 with four home runs and 23 RBI for Albuquerque when he was deactivated. He will rejoin the lineup tonight and play second base with Justin Sellers shifting over to third base.
The Dodgers recalled right-hander Matt Magill, who left Sunday morning to make the start in Denver in place of the injured Hyun-Jin Ryu. Magill walked nine batters in five innings and gave up four runs against the Rockies.
Magill’s replacement on the Isotopes’ roster is right-hander Javy Guerra, who was demoted a few days ago and reported to Albuquerque in the afternoon.
“Guerra’s active; I haven’t seen him, but he’s active, wherever he’s at he’s active,” Bundy said minutes before Guerra walked into the dugout as batting practice wrapped up. “Hopefully he gets here because I could use him.”
Magill was scheduled to start for the Isotopes on Tuesday in the series finale against Oklahoma City. A replacement has not yet been named.
Bundy said the Isotopes have put Saturday’s gut-wrenching 13-10 loss behind them as best they can.
“I think they’ve put it behind (them),” Bundy said of his players.
Reliever Steve Ames, who took the loss when he gave up five runs, four earned, in one-third of an inning, was in good spirits.
“Amesie, he goes ‘I’m still alive,’ which I did not think he wouldn’t be,” Bundy said. “I said, ‘If you’re still alive it allows you to compete another day, right?’ That’s what it’s all about, go back out here and compete. We’ve got to do better.”
The Isotopes and RedHawks are scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m., weather permitting.