Minors outfielder Tyner sent to Tigers

Minors outfielder Tyner sent to Tigers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Brewers traded Triple-A Nashville outfielder Jason Tyner to the Tigers' top affiliate on Wednesday to clear a spot for prospect Cole Gillespie, who was slowed by a sore right elbow to start the season, but was ready to report to Nashville on Thursday.

Tyner was sent to Toledo for future considerations, but Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash joked that those considerations could be a cup of coffee at the Winter Meetings. The deal was really about finding Tyner a job, because opportunities were thin in Nashville and, with Gillespie joining the fray, about to become even thinner.

"We didn't know what the situation was going to be at the end of Spring Training when [Tyner] became available," Ash said. "We didn't think [Tony] Gwynn would get to Nashville, so we were planning for him not being there."

Gwynn was placed on waivers during the final week of Spring Training, and Brewers officials expected that he'd be claimed. Instead, he cleared and was assigned to Nashville, where the Sounds have another player, Jason Bourgeois, similar to both Gwynn and Tyner.

"So with Tyner, we were able to accommodate him with a trade rather than release him," Ash said.

Tyner went 2-for-21 (.095) in nine games for the Sounds. He turned 32 on Thursday.

Gillespie started the year at Class A Brevard County to test his elbow. He went 2-for-2 on Wednesday night with a pair of walks and batted .349 during his stay there.

In another move, Ash said the Sounds were poised to place left-hander Sam Narron on the seven-day disabled list with a sore elbow. Ash spoke Thursday morning with Triple-A trainer Jeff Paxson, who expects Narron to miss only a week or so. To fill the spot, Double-A closer Juan Sandoval was promoted to Nashville, and several other relievers could make spot starts in place of Narron.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.