|May 1||10:00 AM|
Assigned Luke Putkonen (RHP) to Toledo
Released Casper Wells (OF)
Released Omar Duran (RHP)
Micah Kellogg (RHP) retired
Eurys Felipe (2B) retired
Activated Ryan Perry (RHP) from Erie’s 7-day disabled list
Activated Dean Green (1B/DH) from Erie’s 7-day disabled list
Transferred Zac Reininger (RHP) to Erie from Lakeland
Transferred Joe Rogers (LHP) to Erie from Lakeland
Transferred Slade Smith (RHP) to Lakeland from Erie
Transferred Brennan Smith (RHP) to Lakeland from Erie
Transferred Matt Crouse (RHP) to Lakeland from Erie
Activated Shane Zeile (C ) from West Michigan’s 7-day disabled list
Assigned Will Kengor (SS) to West Michigan from extended spring training
Transferred Giancarlo Brugnoni (1B) to extended spring training from West Michigan
Transferred Arvicent Perez (C ) to extended spring training from West Michigan
A few departures from the Tigers organization on Friday, as the club announced they had released Wells and Duran, in addition to the news that Kellogg and Felipe (with the DSL Tigers) had retired. Wells had been signed in spring training to provide organizational depth, but hit just .209 in 43 at-bats with Erie. Duran meanwhile posted an 8.64 ERA in 7 appearances, and with Green and Perry coming off the DL, they need to clear some room.
The promotions of Reininger and Rogers are both exciting news, as both had looked good in Lakeland, especially Reininger, who will be highlighted in an upcoming Minor League Notebook soon. He had not allowed a run over 11 innings of work, while Rogers had ten scoreless innings to his credit.
|April 26||10:00 AM|
- HILL ACTIVATED, MOYA TO TOLEDO
Assigned Luke Putkonen (RHP) to Toledo
Transferred Ryan Robowski (LHP) to Erie from 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
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
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
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
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
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.