Transaction Blog: Infante to DL, Perez Up

Infante hits the disabled list

Stay current with all the roster movement and personnel decisions with the TigsTown Transaction Blog. After a few days of waiting in hopes of healing, the Tigers brought up Hernan Perez from Erie to replace Omar Infante.

07/09/13

Placed Omar Infante (2B) on 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain, retroactive to 7/4

Recalled Hernan Perez (IF) from Erie

Analysis:

After a few days of waiting to see if Infante's ankle healed, the Tigers couldn't wait any longer, and so they placed him on the DL to get fully healthy. His replacement was a bit of a surprise, as the Tigers went with Perez over Danny Worth. Perez however had been out-hitting Worth by a wide margin, with a .300 average and solid gap power in Erie, and as it's a short-term move, giving Perez a chance to show what he can do for a few games.

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Posted by Wez, 07/09/13


07/08/13

Placed Darin Downs (LHP) on Detroit's 15-day disabled list with rotator cuff tendinitis

Recalled Evan Reed (RHP) from Toledo

Placed Shawn Hill (RHP) on Toledo's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Montreal Robertson (RHP) to GCL Tigers from Lakeland

Transferred Matt Davenport (RHP) to Lakeland from GCL Tigers

Activated Tommy Collier (RHP) from Lakeland's 7-day disabled list

Optioned Jose Alvarez (RHP) to Toledo

Optioned Avisail Garcia (RHP) to Toledo

Transferred Brandon Douglas (2B) to Erie from Toledo

Optioned Bryan Holaday (C ) to Toledo

Transferred Ramon Cabrera (C ) to Erie from Toledo

Transferred Luis Sanz (C ) to Lakeland from Erie

Transferred Andrew Longley (C ) to GCL Tigers from Lakeland

Placed Brandon Loy (IF) on Lakeland's 7-day disabled list with a broken hand

Transferred Jared Reaves (SS) to Lakeland from West Michigan

Transferred Curt Powell (IF) to West Michigan from Connecticut

Placed Jordan John (LHP) on West Michigan's 7-day disabled list

Assigned Jeff Thompson (RHP) to West Michigan

Placed Matt Hoffman (LHP) on Toledo's 7-day disabled list

Placed Daniel Fields (OF) on Erie's 7-day disabled list with concussion-like symptoms

Analysis:

Catching up on the last week of transactions, beyond the big league moves, the biggest items of note are the injuries and subsequent disabled list appearances for Daniel Fields and Brandon Loy. The prognosis is good for Fields, who is expected to be back in action within a few days, but Loy's injury is obviously more serious, and will likely sideline him for a bit of time.

Also of note, Collier has returned from his run on the DL after a groin injury and looks to regain his 2012 form, after struggling through his first four starts of 2013 before getting hurt.

Posted by Wez, 07/08/13


06/28/13

Recalled Bruce Rondon (RHP) from Toledo

Corresponding move to be announced

06/27/13

Assigned Jose Valverde (RHP) to Toledo after he accepted assignment

Transferred Luis Alberto Sanz (C ) to Erie from Lakeland

Placed Zach Maggard (C ) on Erie's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Michael Hernandez (OF) to Erie from Lakeland

Assigned Andrew Longley (C ) to Lakeland from GCL Tigers

Activated Joe Rogers (RHP) from Lakeland's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Julio Felix (RHP) to Connecticut from West Michigan

Transferred Logan Ehlers (LHP) to Connecticut from West Michigan

Transferred Jon Maciel (RHP) to West Michigan from Connecticut

Assigned Calvin Drummond (RHP) to West Michigan

Analysis:

After weeks of questioning, Bruce Rondon is finally returning to Detroit, where he'll join the back end of the Tigers bullpen. There's still no certainty that he's grown to the point that he'll improve upon his performance from earlier this spring, but the bottom line is that the Tigers need to try and find out, before they make a potentially costly trade to acquire a reliable late inning reliever.

Posted by Wez, 06/28/13


06/22/13

Designated Jose Valverde (RHP) for assignment

Placed Matt Tuiasosopo (OF) on Detroit's 15-day disabled list with intercostal strain

Recalled Al Alburquerque (RHP) from Toledo

Recalled Avisail Garcia (OF) from Toledo

Transferred Blaine Hardy (LHP) to Toledo from Erie

Transferred Justin Souza (RHP) to Toledo from Erie

Transferred Kyle Lobstein (LHP) to Toledo from Erie

Signed Jon Link (RHP) and assign to Erie

Activated Patrick Cooper (RHP) from Erie's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Melvin Mercedes (RHP) to Erie from Lakeland

Assigned Corey Knebel (RHP) to West Michigan

Assigned Connor Harrell (OF) to West Michigan

Assigned Johnnie Kirkland (RHP) to Connecticut from GCL

Assigned Taylor Johnson (2B) to GCL from Connecticut

Analysis:

The decision on Valverde along with the injury to Tuiasosopo made its impact throughout the organization, resulting in a massive domino effect of call-ups for all of the teams. The biggest news of the bunch involves the promotion of Melvin Mercedes up to Erie, after a very strong first half for the Flying Tigers. In addition, Justin Souza is headed to Toledo after serving as Erie's closer. Could this indicate a move in the works for Toledo closer? It's possible, but nothing is imminent.

In addition, two draft selections got aggressive assignments with the Tigers comp round selection Knebel along with Harrell heading straight to full season ball in West Michigan. The quick math indicates there's likely still another move to come to balance things out in the next day, so expect a bit more movement.

Posted by Wez, 06/22/13


06/19/13

Transferred Drew VerHagen (RHP) to Erie from Lakeland

Transferred Ramon Garcia (LHP) to Toledo from Erie

Placed Warwick Saupold (RHP) on Erie's 7-day disabled list

Activated David Kopp (RHP) from Erie's 7-day disabled list

Analysis:

The Tigers got aggressive with VerHagen, bumping him up to Erie after a solid run in Lakeland, posting a 2.81 in 12 games for the Flying Tigers. However, VerHagen wasn't necessarily dominating the Florida State League, as he was striking out less than five batters per nine innings, and had a K:BB ratio of 1.30. The move should provide a very good test for VerHagen to see how much he can handle in his young career.

Posted by Wez, 06/19/13


06/17/13

Placed Alex Avila (C ) on Detroit's 15-day disabled list with a left forearm contusion

Placed Anibal Sanchez (RHP) on Detroit's 15-day disabled list retroactive to 6/16 with right shoulder stiffness

Recalled Bryan Holaday (C ) from Toledo

Recalled Avisail Garcia (OF) from Toledo

Transferred Ramon Cabrera (C ) to Toledo from Erie

Posted by Wez, 06/19/13


06/15/13

Transferred Ramon Cabrera (C ) to Erie from Toledo

Transferred Corey Jones (2B) to Lakeland from Erie

Posted by Wez, 06/19/13


06/14/13

Activated Austin Jackson (OF) from Detroit's 15-day disabled list

Optioned Avisail Garcia (OF) to Toledo

Transferred Danny Worth (IF) to Toledo from Lakeland

Transferred Austin Schotts (OF) to Connecticut from West Michigan

Posted by Wez, 06/19/13


06/10/13

Optioned Jose Alvarez (LHP) to Toledo

Recalled Evan Reed (RHP) from Toledo

Transferred Ramon Garcia (LHP) to Erie from Toledo

Transferred Danny Worth (SS) to Lakeland from Toledo after activating from Toledo's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Patrick Leyland (1B) to Connecticut from Lakeland

Activated Charlie Gillies (RHP) from West Michigan's temporary inactive list

Transferred Alex Phillips (LHP) to Connecticut from West Michigan

Posted by Wez, 06/19/13


06/09/13

Optioned Jose Ortega (RHP) to Toledo

Purchased contract of Jose Alvarez (LHP) from Toledo and placed on 25-man roster

Posted by Wez, 06/19/13


06/07/13

Transferred Ramon Garcia (LHP) to Toledo from Erie

Signed Mike Cervenak (3B) and assigned to Toledo

Transferred Corey Jones (IF) to Erie from Toledo

Placed David Kopp (RHP) on Erie's 7-day disabled list

Activated Will Startup (LHP) from Erie's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Jordan Dean (2B) to Connecticut from Lakeland

Transferred Jesus Ustariz (1B) to Connecticut from Lakeland

Activated John Murrian (C ) from Lakeland's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Alex Phillips (LHP) to West Michigan from extended spring training

Placed Charlie Gillies (RHP) on West Michigan's temporary inactive list

Posted by Wez, 06/19/13


06/02/13

Acquired Francisco Martinez (3B/OF) from Seattle in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Martinez was added to the 40-man roster and optioned to Lakeland

Designated Quintin Berry (OF) for assignment

Analysis:

Once again, the Tigers made a move to re-acquire a highly regarded prospect they had traded to Seattle in an exchange of big league talent. The Tigers had previously done the same several years ago, bringing back Ramon Santiago after the Mariners let him go; he was a key piece of the trade when the Tigers acquired Carlos Guillen.

Martinez could fit in center field for the Tigers, or they could attempt to move him back to third base, where he had played exclusively when he was a member of the organization. The hope will be that with a change of scenery and some familiar coaching, he can regain the form that had him hitting almost .300 in Erie as a 20-year old, as opposed to the near .200 hitter he was when the Mariners designated him for assignment.

The decision to desginate Berry is also not a surprise, given his immense struggles in Toledo, where he was hitting just .168 with a .512 OPS. Assuming Berry clears waivers, he can accept a permanent assignment to Toledo, or decline and become a free agent.

Posted by Wez, 06/02/13


06/01/13

Placed Kenny Faulk (LHP) on Toledo's 7-day disabled list retroactive to 5/29

Activated Pat Misch (LHP) from Toledo's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Robbie Weinhardt (RHP) to Toledo from Erie

Transferred Ramon Garcia (LHP) from Toledo to Erie

Placed Patrick Cooper (RHP) on Erie's 7-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation retroactive to 5/30

Transferred Will Clinard (RHP) to Erie from Lakeland

Placed Will Startup (LHP) on Erie's 7-day disabled list retroactive to 5/19

Activated Casey Crosby (LHP) from Toledo's 7-day disabled list

Activated Brandon Douglas (2B) from Toledo's 7-day disabled list

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

Placed Aaron Westlake (1B) on Lakeland's 7-day disabled list retroactive to 5/29

Placed Dixon Machado (SS) on Lakeland's 7-day disabled list retroactive to 5/25

Assigned Jesus Ustraiz (IF) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Transferred Brennan Smith (RHP) to Lakeland from West Michigan

Transferred Jason King (3B) to West Michigan from Lakeland

Assigned Joshua Carr (RHP) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Placed Jade Todd (LHP) on Lakeland's 7-day disabled list retroactive to 5/21

Assigned Jake Thompson (RHP) to West Michigan from extended spring training

Released Mario Martinez (3B)

05/21/13

Activated Dixon Machado (SS) from Erie's 7-day disabled list and transferred to Lakeland

Transferred Harold Castro (2B) from Lakeland to extended spring training

Optioned Evan Reed (RHP) to Toledo

Recalled Luke Putkonen (RHP) from Toledo

Placed Casey Crosby (LHP) on Toledo's 7-day disabled list

Placed Brandon Douglas (2B) on Toledo's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Michael Morrison (RHP) from Erie to Toledo

Transferred Corey Jones (2B) from Erie to Toledo

Transferred Ryan Robowski (LHP) from Lakeland to Erie

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

Placed Montreal Robertson (RHP) on West Michigan's 7-day disabled list with an elbow strain

Assigned Guido Knudson (RHP) to West Michigan from extended spring training

Analysis:

After nearly two months on the disabled list, Machado returns to active play, but does so in Lakeland rather than Erie, as Eugenio Suarez has taken his spot there, and the Tigers appear intent on giving Suarez an extended chance to succeed, even if he has just one hit over his last six games.

Two noteworthy injuries have impacted a couple of arms in the system, with Crosby and Robertson to the disabled list. Crosby is no stranger to the DL, as he's had injury issues constantly throughout his minor league career, the latest setback, regardless of severity, could again revive talk that a move to the bullpen is necessary. Robertson on the other hand has been hit or miss for the Whitecaps, walking more than he's struck out, but posting one outing of five no-hit innings, and another yielding a run in seven innings. The initial diagnosis doesn't appear to be serious, but any injury involving the elbow for a pitcher should be concerning.

Posted by Wez, 05/16/13


05/16/13

Optioned Al Alburquerque (RHP) to Toledo

Recalled Evan Reed (RHP) from Toledo

Analysis:

Alburquerque's struggles as of late have been mounting, allowing an earned run in each of his last three appearances, including taking the loss for yielding the go-ahead run to Houston in Wednesday's match-up. Alburquerque had looked excellent as recently as a few weeks ago, with three straight appearances of no runs allowed with ten struck out and no walks, but things took a turn for the worse shortly after that.

Reed was a valuable middle reliever for the Mud Hens thus far this season, posting a 3.00 ERA in 14 games, with 28 strikeouts to just seven walks. Reed features a low to mid 90s fastball with a slider that can be solid at times but has lacked consistency in the past. If his command is on, he could be a very valuable 7th inning arm for the team, but he's also now on his third organization at 27 years of age, so his prospect status is a bit questionable.

Posted by Wez, 05/16/13


05/13/13

Placed Austin Jackson (CF) on Detroit's 15-day disabled list retroactive to 5/12 with a pulled leftt hamstring

Recalled Avisail Garcia (OF) from Toledo

Activated Phil Coke (LHP) from Detroit's 15-day disabled list

Optioned Luke Putkonen (RHP) to Toledo

Transferred Robbie Weinhardt (RHP) from Toledo to Erie

Transferred Hudson Randall (RHP) from West Michigan to Lakeland

Analysis:

The injury to Jackson came as a surprise to many, as manager Jim Leyland had only mentioned it as a minor issue and that he could have played when he first sat on Sunday. The diagnosis ended up worse, and he'll be sidelined for at least two weeks. Given the timing and the relative struggles of most of the rest of the Toledo outfield, hot-hitting prospect Avisail Garcia will return to Detroit, where he'll share time in left field and center field with Andy Dirks and Don Kelly. Garcia is best in right field, but has the athleticism to hold his own in center.

Posted by Wez, 05/14/13


05/07/13

Assigned Harold Castro (2B) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Assigned Drew Longley (C ) to extended spring training from Lakeland

Assigned Jordan Dean (IF) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Activated Drew VerHagen (RHP) from Lakeland's 7-day disabled list

Transferred Charlie Gillies (RHP) from Lakeland to West Michigan

Transferred Hudson Randall (RHP) from West Michigan to Lakeland

Analysis:

One of the big name prospects that started the season in extended spring training will get his first taste of full-season ball, as second baseman Harold Castro will debut with Lakeland. The Flying Tigers have been hit hard by injuries, including impacting some of their best hitters, so after a string of losses hindered by low offensive production, the Tigers may be trying to challenge a young but talented hitter to see if he can raise his game, and also provide a spark for the team, similar to what the organization did a few years ago with Daniel Fields going from extended spring straight to Lakeland and skipping West Michigan entirely.

Posted by Wez, 05/07/13


05/02/13

Optioned Bruce Rondon (RHP) to Toledo

Recalled Luke Putkonen (RHP) from Toledo

Released John Lindsey (1B)

Transferred Ramon Cabrera (C ) from Erie to Toledo

Transferred Eugenio Suarez (SS) from Lakeland to Erie

Placed John Murrian (C ) on Lakeland's 7-day disabled list retroactive to 5/2

Assigned Drew Longley (C ) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Analysis:

The big news here is that after a strong start, Suarez is making the aggressive move up to Erie from Lakeland. This also isn't a great sign for Dixon Machado, who was expected to be in Erie to start the season, but has been slowed by injury. With the Suarez move, it appears unlikely Machado will be returning to action soon.

Posted by Wez, 05/07/13


05/01/13

Recalled Avisail Garcia (OF) from rehab assignment and optioned to Toledo

Placed Phil Coke (LHP) on Detroit 15-day disabled list with a strained groin, retroactive to 4/26

Recalled Jose Ortega (RHP) from Toledo

Analysis:

Two big moves originating from the big league club, starting with the decision to option Garcia to Toledo, showing the Tigers following through on the plan to get him everyday at bats in the minors for further development. Andy Dirks heating up and Matt Tuisasospo's strong start likely provided enough reassurance to continue on the path they're on.

In the bullpen, the Tigers were forced to put Coke on the disabled list after he couldn't quite get over the hump from his muscle strain. Ortega meanwhile had been excellent in Toledo, not allowing an earned run over ten appearances, spanning 14 innings. He also struck out 19 while walking seven.

Posted by Wez, 05/01/13


04/29/13

Transferred Derek Hankins (RHP) from Erie to Toledo

Transferred Robbie Weinhardt (RHP) from Erie to Toledo

Placed Pat Misch (LHP) on Toledo's 7-day disabled list retroactive to 4/25

Signed Blaine Hardy (LHP) and assigned him to Erie

Placed Kevin Eichhorn (RHP) on Lakeland's 7-day disabled list retroactive to 4/26

Placed Drew VerHagen (RHP) on Lakeland's 7-day disabled list retroactive to 4/24

Assigned Charles Gillies (RHP) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Assigned Jesus Ustariz (1B) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Assigned Patrick Leyland (C ) to Lakeland from extended spring training

Analysis:

Lots of catching up on moves here, with a number of players to the disabled list in addition to being transferred around due to those injuries. Again, the Lakeland team has been bit by the injury bug as two more members of the rotation hit the disabled list, in addition to already losing some of the star members of the team.

Posted by Wez, 05/01/13


04/24/13

Purchased contract of Jose Valverde (RHP) from Lakeland

Designated Duane Below (LHP) for assignment

Optioned Brayan Villarreal (RHP) to Toledo

Transferred Mike Hernandez (OF) from West Michigan to Lakeland

Assigned Zach Kirksey (OF) to West Michigan from extended spring training

Placed Dean Green (1B/DH) on Lakeland's 7-day disabled list

Analysis:

The decision to add Valverde straight to the big league club from Lakeland came as a surprise, but the Tigers clearly desire a reliable closer, and after Phil Coke and Joaquin Benoit struggled, the Tigers elected to go straight to Valverde and see how the former closer does after showing good velocity and control of his fastball in Lakeland. He received a contract valued at around $2 million with an additional $3 million in incentives. The decision to designate Below is based in the hope that he will be the one most likely to make it through waivers and accept the outright assignment to Toledo.

And yet again, the Flying Tigers injury challenges continue, with Dean Green the latest impacted. To try and compensate for the lost offense, they moved Hernandez up from West Michigan.

Posted by Wez, 04/24/13


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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