Activated Victor Martinez (C) from the 15-day DL (groin)
Optioned Omir Santos (C) to Toledo
Re-assigned John Murrian (C) from Toledo to Erie
Re-assigned Jeff Kunkel (C) from Erie to Lakeland
Re-assigned Nate Newman (RHP) from Lakeland to West Michigan
Re-assigned Logan Hoch (LHP) from EST to West Michigan
Re-assigned Clemente Mendoza (RHP) from West Michigan to EST
Re-assigned Steve Crnkovich (RHP) from West Michigan to EST
Re-assigned Zach Simons (RHP) from Toledo to Erie
Re-assigned Lester Oliveros (RHP) from Erie to Toledo
Analysis: The move to make room for Martinez is obvious, as Santos was just an emergency option when he went down. Martinez returns after a brief two game stint with Toledo. One scout in attendance at both games said Martinez "looked like the same guy that's hit in the big leagues for years." His return could help boost a struggling Tigers club.
Posted by Mark, 05/04/11
Activated Cory Hamilton (RHP) from the 7-day DL (wrist)
Re-assigned Matt Little (RHP) from Erie to Lakeland
Re-assigned Dan Gentzler (RHP) from Lakeland to West Michigan
Placed Richard Zumaya (RHP) on the 7-day DL (shoulder)
Optioned Will Rhymes (2B) to Toledo
Recalled Scott Sizemore (2B) from Toledo to Detroit
Analysis: Hamilton returning from the DL so quickly is a positive sign as he took a line drive off the wrist in a recent game. Little is a relatively logical choice to be re-assigned, as his flat fastball and fringy secondary stuff combined with poor command was exposed agaisnt more advanced hitters. He still has a chance for success, but he's got some adjustmments to make.
Little arriving in Lakeland made for an easy re-assignment to West Michigan to replace the injury Richard Zumaya. The little brother of injured Tigers reliever Joel, Richard doesn't have near his brothers power stuff, but he has developed into a solid A-ball arm. Gentlzer will be interesting for Whitecaps fans to check out, as he's a novelty with a true submarine delivery.
Posted by Mark, 05/02/11