May 13th, 2010

Casper Wells to Detroit

UPDATE: The Tigers do not have anything to announce at this time, team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said in an email Friday morning. Still, Wells is definitely coming to Detroit. No official word on the return move quite yet. One of the congratulatory tweets from teammates mentioned below has been deleted.

THURSDAY NIGHT: The Tigers arent confirming a roster move is coming, but Casper Wells teammates at Triple-A Toledo are congratulating him on Twitter for getting called up to the big leagues.

No info on the return move, obviously, but it would not be a surprise if the Tigers are going back to 12 pitchers and 13 position players sooner than expected. With Ryan Raburn optioned to Toledo Wednesday morning, the current roster makeup left them with only one outfielder on the bench once you account for a fourth outfielder (usually Johnny Damon) in the DH slot. Detroit had to go with two left-handed hitters against lefty CC Sabathia Thursday and won, but I dont think Jim Leyland likes that setup long term. Plus, the last three games have required little use of the bullpen, allowing exhausted relievers to get some much-needed rest and making it easier to go with seven relievers going into the weekend. It would also suggest Sunday will not be a bullpen start. Coincidentally, Armando Galarraga is on turn to pitch Sunday for Toledo.

Thursday: Tigers vs. Yankees

It’s a pretty standard lineup for the Tigers after a day-night doubleheader last night. One interesting note: Ramon Santiago is 7-for-21 against CC Sabathia, but after playing all nine innings of both games yesterday, he’s off. Adam Everett is starting at short.

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Sizemore, 2B
  9. Everett, SS
P: Justin Verlander
  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Brett Gardner, CF
  3. Mark Teixeira, DH
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Robinson Cano, 2B
  6. Jorge Posada, C
  7. Juan Miranda, 1B
  8. Randy Winn, LF
  9. Greg Golson, RF
P: CC Sabathia