|May 13||10:00 PM|
- LOY FRACTURES LEG, KNEBEL BACKFILLED
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