Friday, June 13, 2014

Charlotte Knights roster moves: Shawn Hill and Matt Tuiasosopo acquired, Charlie Leesman to DL, and more..

The Charlotte Knights made a flurry of roster moves before heading to Pawtucket to take on the PawSox on Thursday. 

On Wednesday, the Knights added RHP Shawn Hill from the Toronto organization, released outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, and placed LHP Charlie Leesman on the disabled list. 

The following day, Charlotte activated RHP Matt Zaleski off the disabled list and acquired outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo from the Toronto organization. The team also placed LHP Frank De Los Santos on the temporary inactive list, leaving the roster with 25 active players.

Hill, 33, is a veteran of seven Major League seasons. He's made 45 appearances with the Expos, Nationals, Padres and, most recently, the Blue Jays, posting a 10-18 record and a 4.68 ERA. In nine appearances over Class AA and AAA this season, Hill went 2-3 with a 4.94 ERA while posting a 2.89 GO/AO.

Hernandez hit .233 with eight RBIs and six stolen bases over 47 games with Charlotte while playing in both center field and right. His defensive skills in the outfield were fun to watch, but with Jordan Danks now patrolling center field and the tandem of Tyler Saladino and Marcus Semien learning to play in the outfield as well, Hernandez became expendable. He has fourth outfielder potential in the Majors and should catch on with another team quickly. 

Leesman labored in his last start on Tuesday, allowing nine hits and eight runs to Columbus. The start came five days after the left-hander turned in eight shutout innings against Rochester. No specific word yet on Leesman's injury. 

Zaleski is second all-time in Charlotte Knights franchise history in games started (70) and innings pitched (401.0). He has 19 wins in his Knights career and ranks fifth all-time in franchise history in strikeouts (263). The 32-year-old right-hander appeared in five games for Charlotte last season and posted a 1-2 record with a 5.74 ERA. He was placed on the disabled list May 1 and had season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Tuiasosopo, 28, has appeared in 152 MLB games over the last four seasons. In 59 games with Class AAA Buffalo this year, he was hitting .206 with two home runs and 18 RBIs.

De Los Santos has struggled mightily in June, going 0-1 with a 14.21 ERA in three appearances (6.1 IP). Over that span the left-hander allowed 16 hits, 10 runs and issued three free passes.