Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Tigers Call Up Bryan Holaday

Another player, who started the season with the Toledo MudHens, will be joining the Tigers today as the Tigers have called up catcher Bryan Holaday.  It is not known who will be removed from the 25-man and 40-man rosters to make room.  Speculation is that catcher Alex Avila, who left last night's game with a sore hamstring will hit the disabled list.  He was sent for an MRI after the game, but the results are unknown.

With Avila and Gerald Laird both hurt (Laird was clearly limping while running the bases yesterday), the only healthy catcher was Omir Santos.  Thus, the need for Holaday.  Holaday is not much of a hitter (batting .248/.313/.314) for Triple-A Toledo this year) but has a reputation as a good defender.

Some are asking why Double-A Erie SeaWolves catcher Rob Brantly was not added instead.  After all, he is the better prospect and his hitting .311/.359/.461 so far this year.  It could be because they don't want to interfere with his development, although the Tigers are generally not averse to promoting young players aggressively to the majors.  It's also possible they feel that Holaday is more ready to handle the Tigers major league staff.

There is no word on who will be taken off the 40-man roster to make room for Holaday.  It will probably be a pitcher and I'm going to guess it will be 27-year-old Thad Weber because of his marginal prospect status and advanced age.

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