Transaction Blog: Brandon Loy Fractures Leg

The Tigers placed Brandon Loy on the disabled list, but his season is likely over after suffering multiple fractures in his leg in a game last week. The Tigers made other moves to replace him, and also made some backfill decisions from Corey Knebel's promotion over the weekend.

May 13 10:00 PM

Signed Troy Hanzawa (SS) and assigned to Toledo

Transferred Marcus Lemon (IF) to Erie from Toledo

Placed Ezequiel Carrera (OF) on Toledo's 7-day disabled list retroactive to 5/8

Placed Brandon Loy (SS) on Erie's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Guido Knudson (RHP) to Erie from Lakeland

Assigned Ryan Longstreth (LHP) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Transferred Pat Leyland (1B/C) to West Michigan from Lakeland

Placed Brett Harrison (3B) on West Michigan's 7-day disabled list with a strained rotator cuff


Much of the movement here was brought about by the need to challenge Knebel at Triple-A, and the horrific injury suffered by Loy. Knebel was dominating Eastern League hitters, but he still has more room for growth before he's ready for a big league challenge, so the International League may provide stiffer competition, where hitters are usually more experienced and can make Knebel work more to get outs, rather than relying on pure stuff. The Knebel promotion caused the move of Knudson, who has had a good start to 2014, along with the assignment of Longstreth to Lakeland.

Loy meanwhile suffered what is sure to be a season-ending injury with multiple fractures in his leg and ankle that required immediate surgery. The organization, already short on middle infielders, moved Lemon back to Erie to take over second base there, and signed Hanzawa to help provide relief off the bench for the Hens.

For the latest transactions and to discuss them further, make sure to check out the minor league movement thread on the TigsTown Premium Forum: 2014 Signings/Movement Thread

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