July 16th, 2008

Neal, Hessman make Olympic roster

They were among a handful of minor-league veterans among the 23 players named to the Team USA roster today for next month’s Summer Games in Beijing. It takes a little bit away from the Tigers’ depth down the stretch, obviously — not to mention the Mud Hens’ fortunes — but it’s a big honor for the two and says something about the track record of success that has been put together in Toledo.

Thomas heads to Toledo

He’s optioned to make room for Magglio Ordonez, who will be activated from the disabled list tomorrow.

Still no definitive word yet on Monday’s starter, though it’s expected to be Bonine. The interesting part about the Thomas move, though, is that it leaves Jeff Larish around as the extra bat for the Orioles series. That could also be insurance for a first baseman in case Miguel Cabrera’s hip is still bothering him and he needs to DH, but we’ll see.