Detroit Tigers roster moves ahead of MLB’s second half: Nomar Mazara down, Derek Hill up

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Tigers made a few moves Friday morning, ahead of their day-night doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park.

Going: Outfielder Nomar Mazara has been designated for assignment, with infielder Willi Castro optioned to Triple-A Toledo.

Coming: Outfielder Derek Hill and infielder Isaac Paredes are up from Toledo, with left-handed pitcher Miguel Del Pozo designated as the 27th man for the doubleheader.

Mazara, 26, has been a disappointing free-agent signing after the Tigers took a flyer on him for one year and $1.75 million. He’s batting .212 with three home runs and 19 RBIs in 165 at-bats over 50 games. He homered at least 19 times in four straight seasons in 2016-19.

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The oft-injured Hill last played during a doubleheader June 30 vs. Cleveland, returning from a shoulder injury suffered three weeks earlier while making a catch against the wall at Comerica Park. The 25-year-old was the Tigers’ first-round pick in 2014 out of Elk Grove, Calif. He has played 23 games in his MLB career over the past two seasons, batting 5-for-25.

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Castro, 24, has batted .214 with six home runs and 28 RBIs over 74 games in Detroit this season. He has nine errors between second base and shortstop.

Paredes, 22, has 11 appearances this season, with five hits in 29 at-bats. He batted .220 (22-for-100) in 34 games last season. The Free Press ranked the third baseman as the Tigers’ No. 4 prospect entering the season.

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