Transaction Blog: Verlander, Krol Return

The Tigers welcome back a pair of important arms on Saturday, with Justin Verlander making his season debut, and Ian Krol returning from a successful stint in Toledo.

June 12 9:00 PM
  • JV, KROL RETURN TO TIGERS

Activated Justin Verlander (RHP) from Detroit’s 15-day disabled list

Recalled Ian Krol (LHP) from Toledo

Optioned Shane Greene (RHP) to Toledo

Optioned Angel Nesbitt (RHP) to Toledo

Released Ryan Perry (RHP)

Assigned Will Allen (C ) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Transferred Brett Pirtle (IF) to extended spring training from Lakeland

Transferred Trent Szkutnik (LHP) to Lakeland from West Michigan

Placed Ryan Longstreth (LHP) on Lakeland’s 7-day disabled list, retroactive to 6/6

Activated Raph Rhymes (OF) from Lakeland’s 7-day disabled list

Activated Artie Lewicki (RHP) from West Michigan’s 7-day disabled list

Analysis:

After two and a half months of waiting, Verlander finally makes his 2015 season debut for the Tigers on Saturday. Verlander looked excellent in his second rehab start for Toledo last weekend (full story here), and will now look to finally get going on his rebound campaign after last year’s struggles.

The disappointing news is of course the reality that the Tigers had to send Greene down, after three straight starts where he allowed five runs or more and didn’t make it five innings. Greene’s experiencing mechanical issues that are causing his ball to flatten and stay up in the zone, and for a player heavily dependent on a sinker, that’s a recipe for disaster. It’s important to note however that this isn’t the time to write off Greene. In May 2010, the Tigers had to option Max Scherzer to Toledo after a run of bad starts. Leading up to the option, in four starts, Scherzer gave up 27 runs, never went more than five innings, walked nine and struck out nine. Scherzer returned with a vengeance a couple weeks later, and obviously went on to become a Cy Young winner. Don’t necessarily expect that same level of success from Greene, but don’t close the book on him yet, either.

Finally there were a handful of minor league moves, the most noteworthy was the decision to release Perry, the former first rounder who the Tigers had signed in the off-season. There was some optimism about how he was looking this spring, but things went sour quickly, as he posted a 12.71 ERA in five games in Toledo before hitting the disabled list.


June 5 12:00 PM
  • MINOR MOVES

Activated Rajai Davis (OF) from paternity list

Optioned Daniel Fields (OF) to Toledo

Transferred Ross Seaton (RHP) to West Michigan from Toledo

Released Luke Putkonen (RHP)

Signed Tony Thomas (2B) and assigned to Erie

Transferred Nate Fury (RHP) to West Michigan from Lakeland

Assigned Brett Pirtle (2B) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Placed Raph Rhymes (OF) on Lakeland’s 7-day disabled list

Transferred Spenser Watkins (RHP) to extended spring training from West Michigan

Placed Gabe Hemmer (RHP) on West Michigan’s 7-day disabled list, retroactive to 6/1


June 2 3:00 PM
  • FIELDS AND WILSON CALLED UP, SIMON RETURNS,

Activated Alfredo Simon (RHP) from bereavement list

Recalled Daniel Fields (OF) from Toledo

Placed Rajai Davis (OF) on the paternity leave list

Optioned Buck Farmer (RHP) to Toledo

Hernan Perez (IF) claimed by Milwaukee off waivers

Purchased contract of Josh Wilson (IF) from Toledo

Transferred Brendan Harris (IF) to Toledo from Erie

Analysis:

A number of moves prior to Tuesday’s game, with one expected, and several others a surprise. Expected was the return of Simon, who had been listed as the probable starter for Tuesday’s game, and sending Farmer back to Toledo after his struggles in his lone start in Anaheim was also not a surprise.

Davis’s paternity leave wasn’t known, but is a common occurrence now-a-days, and will only last for at most three games. Fields got off to a great start this spring in Toledo, and while he’s since cooled off, he’s still hitting .271 with a .394 on-base percentage and 25 extra base hits, along with nine stolen bases. Fields has been striking the ball with more authority this year, with a 22% line drive rate (compared to 17% last year).

The surprise of the day comes with news that actually broke from the Brewers first, that they had claimed Perez off waivers. The Tigers never made any public announcement, but appeared to try and slip him through waivers to send him to Toledo, and he was claimed. In another surprise, the Tigers will replace him with Josh Wilson, who was signed to provide infield depth this past off-season, and has made a career of working as a backup infielder. He spent 2014 with the Rangers organization.

Perez was struggling in his very limited role with the big league club. He was hitting just .061 as he saw very few at-bats. The Tigers liked Perez's upside, but with their offensive struggles, likely were in need of more pop off the bench. Wilson was hitting .291 in Toledo with a .350 OBP.


May 28 12:00 PM
  • FARMER, RYAN UP

Placed Alfredo Simon (RHP) on bereavement list

Recalled Kyle Ryan (LHP) from Toledo

Optioned Dixon Machado (SS) to Toledo

Recalled Buck Farmer (RHP) from Toledo

Placed Ryan Perry (RHP) on Toledo’s 7-day disabled list, retroactive to 5/25

Transferred Derek Hankins (RHP) to Toledo from Erie

Transferred Ross Seaton (RHP) to Toledo from West Michigan

Transferred Brendan Harris (2B) to Erie from Toledo

Transferred Slade Smith (RHP) to Erie from Lakeland

Transferred Scott Sitz (RHP) to Lakeland from Erie

Assigned Adenson Verastegui (RHP) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Assigned Spenser Watkins (RHP) to West Michigan from extended spring training


May 25 3:00 PM
  • LOBSTEIN TO DL, MACHADO UP

Placed Kyle Lobstein (LHP) on Detroit’s 15-day disabled list with a sore left shoulder

Recalled Dixon Machado (SS) from Toledo

Transferred Brendan Harris (IF) to Toledo from Erie

Assigned Will Clinard (LHP) to Lakeland after activating from Erie’s 7-day disabled list

Transferred Tommy Collier (RHP) to Erie from Lakeland

Assigned Scott Sitz (RHP) to Erie from extended spring training

Placed Edgar De La Rosa (RHP) on Erie’s 7-day disabled list with a strained lat

Transferred Scott Sitz (RHP) to extended spring training from Lakeland

Analysis:

The Tigers had suspected something was wrong with Lobstein since spring training, when his velocity was down, and he finally relented and acknowledged the pain that placed him on the DL. The good news is that with it just being soreness and no surgery required, his DL stint should be short-lived. In the immediate term, Dixon Machado will take Lobstein’s place on the roster, but Buck Farmer will be the one getting the start in his place on Thursday, when another roster move will happen, likely Machado returning to Toledo.

The other noteworthy information is the move that placed De La Rosa on the disabled list with a lat strain. While still not official yet per the league, De La Rosa was removed from the game last Tuesday, and the move to promote Sitz should take his slot on the roster.

To read the scouting report on Machado, head here: Tigers Scouting Report #14: Dixon Machado


May 19 9:00 AM
  • V-MART TO DL, COLLINS UP

Placed Victor Martinez (DH) on Detroit’s 15-day disabled list with left knee inflammation

Recalled Tyler Collins (OF) from Toledo

Transferred Jeff McVaney (OF) to Toledo from Erie

Transferred Curt Powell (IF) to Erie from Lakeland

Transferred David Gonzalez (IF) to Lakeland from West Michigan

Assigned Steven Fuentes (IF) to West Michigan

Activated Ryan Longstreth (LHP) from Lakeland’s 7-day disabled list

Transferred Scott Sitz (RHP) to extended spring training from Lakeland

Analysis:

After weeks of struggles, a particularly bad 0-for-4 night on Monday, and an admission that Martinez had aggravated his left knee on the last homestand, the Tigers finally made the decision to give him at least a couple weeks of rest. His struggles are well documented, but the slow start of his replacement, Tyler Collins, has not been. Collins was hitting just .248 with six doubles and no home runs. Despite the slow start when it came to productivity, Collins had a line drive percentage of 25%, so even if he wasn’t finding hits, he was hitting the ball hard. He’ll be expected to fill in at times in the DH role for Martinez, in addition to providing support as a backup outfielder, and likely spending a fair amount of time on the bench. The other moves helped backfill the open spot that was opened up by the Martinez move, for the most part.


May 10 12:00 PM
  • AVILA HITS THE DL

Placed Alex Avila (C ) on Detroit’s 15-day disabled list with loose bodies in his left knee

Transferred Joe Nathan (RHP) to Detroit’s 60-day disabled list from its 15-day disabled list

Recalled Bryan Holaday (C ) from Toledo

Transferred Miguel Gonzalez (C ) to Toledo from Erie

Kenny Faulk (LHP) retired

Transferred Guido Knudson (RHP) to Toledo from Erie

Transferred Drew Longley (C ) to Erie from Lakeland

Transferred Confesor Lara (RHP) to Erie from Lakeland

Assigned Tim Remes (C ) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Transferred Paul Voelker (RHP) to Lakeland from West Michigan

Assigned Gage Smith (RHP) to West Michigan from extended spring training


May 5 12:00 PM
  • MINOR MOVEMENT

Transferred Corey Jones (IF) to Toledo from Erie

Transferred Jason Krizan (OF) to Erie from Toledo

Placed Luke Putkonen (RHP) on Toledo’s disabled list, retroactive to 5/4

Transferred Ryan Perry (RHP) to Toledo from Erie

Activated Jeff Ferrell (RHP) from Erie’s 7-day disabled list

Placed Ryan Longstreth (LHP) on Lakeland’s 7-day disabled list

Assigned Nate Fury (RHP) to Lakeland from extended spring training


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

Transferred Matt Davenport (RHP) to extended spring training from Lakeland

Analysis:

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

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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