|April 14||2:00 PM|
- Derek Hill AMONG 3 CAPS TO DL
Placed Derek Hill (CF) on West Michigan’s 7-day disabled list with left quad strain
Placed Adam Ravenelle (RHP) on West Michigan’s 7-day disabled list with undisclosed illness
Placed Artie Lewicki (RHP) on West Michigan’s 7-day disabled list with a strained right pectoral muscle
Assigned Austin Schotts (OF) to West Michigan
Assigned Ross Seaton (RHP) to West Michigan
Assigned Tyler Ford (LHP) to West Michigan
Disappointing injury news came out of West Michigan earlier this week, as a trio of ‘Caps were placed on the disabled list, with a variety of injuries. The biggest loss of course is Hill, who is the top prospects in the Tigers farm system, and was making his full-season debut with West Michigan. Ravenelle’s illness shouldn’t keep him out long, but does open up a spot in the bullpen (which will be taken by Ford) and Lewicki’s injury opens a spot in the rotation, which will go to Seaton.
This does of course open up an opportunity for Schotts, who didn’t get a full-season assignment coming out of spring. Schotts of course was a high draft pick back in 2012 and had a torrid start to his pro career, but has seen his prospect stock fall dramatically over the past couple years. The Hill injury opens up playing time at a level Schotts should be able to succeed at now, and it’ll be up to him to take advantage.
|April 8||4:00 PM|
- NATHAN TO DL, LOBSTEIN/HARDY UP
Placed Joe Nathan (RHP) on Detroit’s 15-day disabled list with right elbow flexor strainRecalled Kyle Lobstein (LHP) from Toledo
Recalled Blaine Hardy (LHP) from Toledo
Transferred Ryan Robowski (LHP) to Toledo from Erie
Assigned Brennan Smith (RHP) to Erie
Assigned Scott Sitz (RHP) to Lakeland
Reassigned Francisco Contreras (3B) to extended spring training from West Michigan
Assigned David Gonzalez (IF) to West Michigan
While much of the injury attention has been focused on Justin Verlander, the Tigers out of the blue announced on Wednesday that closer Joe Nathan would be heading to the DL, after battling elbow soreness that flared up again after his outing on Monday. Taking his place in the bullpen will be Hardy, called up from Toledo before their season even started, but he’ll assume a role in middle and long relief, while Joakim Soria will handle closer duties until Nathan returns.
Besides Nathan, the Tigers made it known that Verlander would not be ready for his first start of the season on Sunday by calling up Lobstein to take that spot. Conventional wisdom had been that if JV would be ready, they’d call up a reliever to take his spot until Sunday, and if he wouldn’t be, they’d call up a starter, as one would be needed. The decision to select Lobstein likely means it’ll be at least another week until Verlander is ready to resume a starting role.