Trans Blog: Hill Activated, Moya to Toledo

Some noteworthy news from the injury front, as Derek Hill was activated from the disabled list, and Steven Moya was sent to Toledo after a brief assignment in Lakeland.

April 26 10:00 AM
  • HILL ACTIVATED, MOYA TO Toledo

Assigned Luke Putkonen (RHP) to Toledo

Transferred Steven Moya (OF) to Toledo from Lakeland

Transferred Wade Gaynor (3B/OF) to Erie from Toledo

Placed Dean Green (1B/DH) on Erie’s 7-day disabled list, retroactive to 4/22

Placed Jeff Ferrell (RHP) on Erie’s 7-day disabled list, retroactive to 4/22

Placed Jared Reaves (SS) on Lakeland’s 7-day disabled list, retroactive to 4/23

Assigned Montreal Robertson (RHP) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Assigned Tyler Hanover (IF) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Assigned Ismael Salgado (OF) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Activated Derek Hill (OF) from West Michigan’s 7-day disabled list

Activated Joe Jimenez (RHP) from West Michigan’s 7-day disabled list

Transferred Chase Edwards (RHP) to extended spring training from West Michigan

Transferred Rashad Brown (OF) to extended spring training from West Michigan

Analysis:

Plenty of good news when it comes to injury-related movement over the past couple days, as the Whitecaps activated both Jimenez and Hill from the DL. Meanwhile, after a week of games in Lakeland, Moya was sent back to Toledo, which would have been his full season assignment had he not had the heel injury late in camp. Moya went 0-for-4 in his first game with Toledo (after hitting .275 with 3 home runs and 3 doubles in Lakeland), while Hill went 2-for-5 and stole two bases in his first game back on Friday night. Jimenez made his return on Saturday, but allowed a run on two hits while striking out two in an inning of work.

On the new injuries, Green was battling an undisclosed illness, while Ferrell has been experiencing tightness in his throwing shoulder.


April 23 10:00 AM
  • KROL TO TOLEDO, WILSON UP

Optioned Ian Krol (LHP) to Toledo

Recalled Alex Wilson (RHP) from Toledo

Analysis:

Despite throwing two scoreless innings of relief on Wednesday, the Tigers optioned Krol to Toledo, who did have a rough outing the night prior. Wilson however has been excellent so far in Toledo. He’s not allowed a run over four appearances, striking out five while walking one. Wilson was acquired this off-season as a part of the Rick Porcello-Yoenis Cespedes deal - he posted a 1.91 ERA over 18 games last year for Boston and was expected to contribute in Detroit’s bullpen this season.

It’s unknown at this point if the move was motivated by a sudden need to have another available arm after the short outing from Price, or if the Tigers weren’t pleased with Krol’s performance.


April 23 9:00 AM
  • TWO MORE CAPS, INCLUDING JIMENEZ, TO DL

Transferred Montreal Robertson (RHP) to extended spring training from Lakeland

Placed Julio Felix (RHP) on Lakeland’s 7-day disabled list, retroactive to 4/16

Activated Micah Kellogg (RHP) from Lakeland’s temporary inactive list

Transferred Nate Fury (RHP) to Lakeland from West Michigan

Placed Joe Jimenez (RHP) on West Michigan’s 7-day disabled list with lower back spasms

Placed Will Maddox (1B) on West Michigan’s 7-day disabled list

Assigned Chase Edwards (RHP) to West Michigan from extended spring training

Assigned Francisco Contreras (3B) to West Michigan from extended spring training

Analysis:

The Whitecaps continue to be hammered by injuries in the early going this year, as Jimenez and Maddox both were placed on the disabled list in the past few days. Neither injury is expected to be serious - Jimenez felt something wrong in his back when he was throwing in his last outing on April 17 according to Emily Waldon of Bless You Boys, while Maddox injured his leg trying to stretch a single into a double and had to be lifted from Tuesday’s game.

The Flying Tigers were hit as well, as Felix was sent to the DL, and Robertson was sent back to EST. Between the two A-ball clubs, the extended spring roster has been getting plenty of work early on this season.


April 16 2:00 PM
  • MOYA ACTIVATED, SENT TO LAKELAND

Activated Steven Moya (OF) from Toledo’s 7-day disabled list and reassigned to Lakeland

Reassigned Ismael Salgado (OF) to extended spring training from Lakeland

Analysis:

After starting the year on the disabled list with a heel injury diagnosed as plantar fasciitis, Moya was activated and placed on the equivalent of a minor league rehab assignment, and being assigned to the Flying Tigers, as he had been rehabbing in Lakeland. It wasn’t a great debut for Moya, who went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, but it was encouraging that just over a week after starting the year on the DL, he was ready to return to action.

Here’s video of Moya in action, from TigsTown senior Lakeland correspondent James Chipman:


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

Analysis:

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 strain

Recalled 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

Analysis:

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.



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