Transaction Blog: Tigers Call Up Bruce Rondon
Rondon will make his big league debut
Rondon will make his big league debut
Executive Editor
Posted Apr 23, 2013
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Stay current with all the roster movement and personnel decisions with the TigsTown Transaction Blog. The Tigers placed Octavio Dotel on the disabled list and called up flame throwing right-hander Bruce Rondon.

04/23/13

Called up Bruce Rondon (RHP) from Toledo

Placed Octavio Dotel (RHP) on 15-day disabled list (elbow inflammation), retroactive to 4/20

Activated Jeff Holm (1B/OF) from 7-day disabled list in West Michigan

Released Matt Perry (3B)

Analysis:

After 7 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, the Tigers have done arguably what they should have done 4 weeks ago and placed Rondon in the big league bullpen in a middle relief. Rondon was very good again against Triple-A competition, allowing just five singles (one of which a bunt single from Billy Hamilton), with nine strikeouts and just two walks. Some additional development is still needed on his secondary pitches and with his control, but he’ll be best serve to make that growth in Detroit against big league competition.

Dotel clearly hadn’t been right for a little while now, and getting him some extended rest will be beneficial to all parties.

Posted by Wez, 04/23/13


04/21/13

Placed Danny Worth (SS) on Toledo’s 7-day disabled list retroactive to 4/18

Transferred Brandon Douglas (2B) from Erie to Toledo

Transferred Jose Valverde from Toledo to Lakeland as of 4/19

Assigned Zach Kirksey (OF) to extended spring training from Lakeland

Transferred Zach Maggard (C ) from Lakeland to Erie

Assigned Luis Sanz (C ) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Analysis:

Aside from the roster juggling, the big news here is the move to place Worth on the disabled list after injuring his heel in a game earlier this week. Those looking for a replacement for Ramon Santiago in Detroit will have to wait for Worth to heal, as unless they thought Hernan Perez was ready (he’s not), he’s the only minor league infielder that is also on the 40-man roster.

Posted by Wez, 04/21/13


04/17/13

Placed Tommy Collier (RHP) on Lakeland’s 7-day disabled list

Transferred Slade Smith (RHP) from West Michigan to Lakeland

Transferred Logan Ehlers (LHP) from extended spring training to West Michigan

Placed Joe Rogers (LHP) on Lakeland’s 7-day disabled list

Transferred Nick Avila (RHP) from extended spring training to Lakeland

Analysis:

The injury to Collier necessitates the usual domino effect. No word on Collier’s injury, but given the decision to break up the West Michigan rotation so early in the season, this appears to be a move made for an extended period of time - a short term injury that would result in a missed start likely would have meant a spot start from someone in EST instead. No word yet on who will replace Smith in West Michigan.

Posted by Wez, 04/16/13


04/16/13

Placed Jeff Holm (1B/OF) on West Michigan’s 7-day disabled list (sprained left ankle)

Transferred David Gonzalez (SS) from extended spring training to West Michigan

Analysis:

At this point in time, losing Holm is a big blow to the Whitecaps offense, as he was leading the way at the plate with a 1.072 OPS. The upside is that the injury doesn’t appear to be serious and Holm should return within a couple of weeks.

Gonzalez might get some playing time on the call-up, as Jared Reaves has hit just .226 with six errors in ten games as the ‘Caps everyday shortstop thus far.

Posted by Wez, 04/16/13


04/12/13

Placed Steven Moya (OF) on 7-day disabled list (arm)

Transferred Zach Kirksey (OF) from extended spring training to Lakeland

Placed Luis Marte (RHP) on 7-day disabled list (shoulder)

Transferred Jose Valverde (RHP) from extended spring training to Toledo (UPDATE: Move reversed, Valverde returned to extended spring training)

Activated Ramon Garcia (LHP) from Erie inactive list and transferred to Toledo

Analysis:

The news about Moya is very concerning, as the organization is being very quiet after had to be lifted from a game after taking a hard fall in the outfield. Zach Kirksey will take his spot, but for a player that missed much of last season with an elbow injury, concern about Moya is warranted.

Meanwhile, Marte’s shoulder issue (just a sore shoulder, for now), opens up the roster spot for Valverde, however, he won’t immediately join the Mud Hens. After a side session on Wednesday, Valverde is scheduled to throw in an extended spring training game on Friday.

Garcia will fill the roster spot in the meantime.

Posted by Wez, 04/12/13




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