Tigers option Krol; other moves coming Friday

DETROIT — In addition to the blockbuster trade, the Tigers made a few other moves after Thursday’s 7-4 loss to the White Sox.

First, they optioned the contract of left-hander Ian Krol to Triple-A Toledo.

Krol, who was excellent early, with an ERA of 3.38 in April and 1.59 in May, has struggled since.

In June, Krol had a stint on the DL in addition to his 11.12 ERA in eight games.

Since coming off the DL, things are still not where they need to be.

"I was doing really well," Krol said. "Then the injury came around and kind of just brought me back to (earth). After that happened, I kind of went downhill. I’m just going to go down there and get my stuff right."

Manager Brad Ausmus said that Krol’s velocity was down "a tick."

"It’s definitely getting back to where it was but my confidence isn’t very high right now and kind of just in a rut," Krol said.

In his last outing against the White Sox Tuesday, Krol allowed two runs on three hits in just 1 1/3 innings. But it was his first appearance in a week.

"I think they just want me to go down there and get more reps," Krol said. "They’ll use me more often down there so I can get back in the swing of things. It’s a lot easier getting out there every other day instead of waiting eight days to pitch."

Before Friday’s game, the Tigers will recall the injury rehabilitation assignment of left-hander Patrick McCoy and activate him from the disabled list.

Also before Friday’s game, the Tigers will purchase the contract of outfielder Ezequiel Carrera from Toledo.

"I am very happy now," Carrera told John Wagner of the Toledo Blade after hearing about the promotions. "I thank Detroit for the opportunity.

"I’ve tried to show them my hitting and my speed and my defense. I’m happy for the chance to go up."