April 1st, 2010

Wilkin Ramirez is heading to Erie

When the Tigers optioned Clete Thomas to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday, it furthered a logjam in the Mud Hens outfield, which already had Casper Wells, Ryan Strieby, Brennan Boesch and Wilkin Ramirez. The plan was to rotate four outfielders between the three starting spots and the designated hitter.

Once Thomas was sent down, something to happen. Now we know: Wilkin Ramirez has been transferred to Double-A Erie.

Ramirez isn’t simply repeating the same level in back-to-back years. He spent all of last season at Triple-A Toledo except for a couple one-day stints in Detroit. Essentially, Ramirez is repeating a level he completed in 2008.

UPDATE @4:30pm: Team president/GM Dave Dombrowski confirmed the move is a matter of clearing up the logjam in Toledo. He also said Ramirez will play center field most of the time there, continuing a move to center that began in winter ball.

Injury updates: Slow going for Miner

The roster is set, the bags are packed and the Tigers are about to head north. It’s a pretty quiet morning here in Lakeland. It’s a travel day except for those who are staying back. Jeremy Bonderman is one of them, since he’ll be pitching in a minor league game this weekend to stay fresh between now and his scheduled start next Saturday in Detroit. The other two guys are the injured Tigers, Zach Miner and Bobby Seay.

Seay, we know, is going to be here a while. He’s going to get his rehab plan from Dr. James Andrews shortly, and then go about the exercises he needs to strengthen his shoulder and take stress off his torn rotator cuff, or at least the specific tendons involved in the tear.

Miner, meanwhile, looks like he’s going to be on the disabled list longer than the minimum stay. Because the Tigers placed on the DL last week, he’s eligible to be activated as soon as next weekend, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. While his arm is getting a lot stronger, he still has some discomfort in his elbow. He isn’t going to be cleared to throw until he’s pain-free, so it’s slow going right now.