Detroit Tigers' Shortstop Dixon Machado, who would likely have been called up after Toledo's season ends on Monday, will be called up on Friday and join the team in Detroit. The Tigers also called up right handed relief pitcher Jeff Ferrell, and activated left hander Kyle Lobstein from the disabled list, and optioned right handed relief pitcher Guido Knudson to Toledo.
Jose Iglesias will "miss more than a few games" after being hit by a pitch on his throwing hand, according to Tigers' manager, Brad Ausmus. Iglesias was hit on the hand while attempting to bunt during Thursday's 15- 7 loss at Kansas City. X rays were negative.
Machado made his major league debut earlier this season, appearing in three games and getting a single and a walk in eight plate appearances. In Toledo, he slashed .262/ .313/ .332 with four home runs and 15 stolen bases.
Machado is a 23 year old slick fielding infielder who had a breakout season at the plate in 2014. He had been added to the Tigers' 40 man roster ahead of the rule 5 draft after the 2012 season, but was removed from the roster after a couple of disappointing seasons, hitting just .195 and .215 at high-A Lakeland in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Machado rebounded strongly in 2014, slashing .285/ .375/ .404, between Lakeland and double-A Erie. He was particularly impressive at Erie, hitting .305/ .391/ .442, and regaining a spot on the Tigers' 40 man roster after the season. His strong performance gave the organization some depth at the shortstop position, allowing them to trade rookie Eugenio Suarez in the off season.
Machado's numbers dropped off at the plate from 2014 in Erie to 2015 in Toledo. His strikeout ratio has jumped from 10.5% to 15%, his walk rate is down from 11.7% to 6.3%, and his wOBA has dropped from .378 to .302. His numbers are still respectable, but not in the stratosphere that gave the club so much optimism following the 2014 campaign. He remains a steady defensive option and should see some playing time with Iglesias out for the next several games.
The Tigers have also activated left handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein from the disabled list. He will start Friday's game against Cleveland. In eight starts before going on the disabled list, Lobstein worked 47 innings with a 4.34 ERA, 4.13 FIP, striking out just 3.7 batters per nine innings.
Detroit also recalled right handed relief pitcher Jeff Ferrell from Toledo and optioned right-hander Guido Knudson to triple-A. Knudson had promising numbers in the minor leagues before being called up to Detroit, but his call up did not go as expected. He became the first relief pitcher in over 100 years to allow a home run in his first four major league appearances, and has now allowed five home runs in five outings. The fact that he was optioned at a time when the club can carry up to 40 players on the major league roster is an indication of where he stands.
Ferrell was called up earlier in the season, working two innings of relief, allowing three runs on four hits, including a home run. In 38 innings between Erie and Toledo this season, he owns a 2.58 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and has struck out 10.6 batters per nine innings.