Promotions from Extended Spring Training

Outfielder Chao-Ting Tang (previously featured on Tigers in EST) and right-handed relief pitcher Michael Morrison were promoted from extended spring training to the Lakeland Flying Tigers over the weekend.

These two moves are part of a chain reaction of transactions resulting from injuries to Tigers designated hitter Carlos Guillen and Mud Hens pitcher Ruddy Lugo.  Guillen injured his hamstring running the bases in Thursday’s game against the Angels.  Lugo was hit in the head by a line drive Friday.

Tang’s call-up is probably temporary, but Morrison has a chance to stick with the Flying Tigers if he pitches well.  In his brief time in Oneonta a year ago, Morrison recorded 26 strikeouts in 19.1 innings with a 3.26 ERA.  Mark Anderson, managing editor of, says Morrison throws a 92-93 mph fastball and a solid breaking ball.

In other news, Daniel Fields has fared well with the Flying Tigers.  He is hitting .308 through seven games.

EDIT: Another transaction to report.  According to Mlive, Right-handed relief pitcher Cory Hamilton has been promoted from extended spring training to the West Michigan Whitecaps.  He is taking the roster spot of 2009 first round pick Jacob Turner, who has been placed on the disabled list with right forearm stiffness.

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