Seay definitely out, set to have MRI

Bobby Seay had a setback in his bullpen session Saturday morning and will have another MRI exam on his ailing left shoulder.

Seay said he will have the exam in the next couple days was expected to have the exam Saturday and have the results checked out by a few specialists, including orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Seay had an MRI last month after he was first shut down from throwing, but results showed no structural damage.

Manager Jim Leyland said Saturday it’s a certainty that Seay will begin the season on the disabled list.

The news was somewhat better on fellow Tigers reliever Zach Miner, whose MRI results came back negative. He has been diagnosed with a muscle strain around his elbow and hopes rest and treatment will allow him to start throwing again in the coming days.

Miner is still hopeful he can be ready for Opening Day. Leyland indicated he isn’t sure.

Seay was originally diagnosed with bursitis in his upper left arm and tendinitis in the shoulder. He had started throwing last week and began throwing off a mound earlier in the week. His latest attempt, though, stopped before it started.

“Throwing in the bullpen today, I couldn’t get my arm in a throwing position,” Seay said.

That was the indication that it was time for another look in the elbow. His next exam will include a dye injection in the elbow to give a more detailed view.

Seay just wants to know. He’s been dealing with discomfort since he started his throwing program in January, and he wants to get it healthy rather than make it worse.

“At this point, I’m just fed up with the pain associated with trying to get loose and feelings in my arm I shouldn’t be having,” he said. “Whether it’s major or minor, I have to get some peace of mind to know what’s going on.”

With Seay out, the Tigers go from having a potential surplus of left-handed relievers to trying to fill in without their veteran lefty specialist. Phil Coke is all but certain to be part of the group, having been taken out of consideration for a starting role a couple weeks ago. Sidearmer Fu-Te Ni was a valuable reliever down the stretch last year after a midseason call-up. Offseason signing Brad Thomas has had success this spring. Daniel Schlereth is a valuable relief prospect after coming over from Arizona in the Edwin Jackson trade, but he has had his share of spring struggles.

2 Comments

So, with Seay out, it looks like Ni, Coke, B Thomas, and Schlereth are the candidates for lefties in the bullpen. Unless Robertson/Willis don’t make the rotation. I think
after last year’s performance that Ni deserves a shot
at the #1 lefty reliever or 8th inning set-up man. Too bad about Wells, Strieby, etc but you had to figure that was coming. It still appears they may lose someone permanently
if Raburn, C Thomas, Larish, Kelly, or Ramirez don’t have any minor league options remaining. Great news on getting Casey Fien back though. What a circus that was?

I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but I saw that coming with Seay. A sore arm at the outset of ST is never good. Well. Someone will get a big opportunity here. Hopefully Ni and Coke will step up to the task. I’d rather leave the situational lefty stuff to the 6th and 7th innings and have one or two designated 8th inning guys regardless of matchup. Those matchups can be overplayed, resulting in a superior pitcher watching from the pen as the game goes down the tubes.
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Back home this morning and today was warmer than any of the 14 we spent in Florida. Sometimes ya just get no luck. Good to be home and watching the Tigers play the Phillies today and the Yankees tomorrow.
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–Rich

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