Tigers calling up Sizemore

The Tigers will expand their roster by at least one more player Monday. Infielder Scott Sizemore received word Sunday night to join the club in Detroit for Monday afternoon’s game against the White Sox.

The move gives the Tigers an extra infielder for the stretch run, something they did last year when they called up Brent Dlugach for the final few weeks of the playoff chase. For Sizemore, the move hopefully means a positive note to close out what he called his toughest season.

“This year, I would say, is probably as difficult of a year as I’ve ever had, just the mental strain and physical strain,” Sizemore said Sunday night. “I mean, I’ve been kind of beat up all year. It’s taken a lot out of me. But you know, to kind of end on a strong note and get the call up to the big club, it makes it all worthwhile. Sometimes in the year, you just go frustrated and you keep pushing through it, keep working, and you hope that there’s going to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Fortunately this time, there is.”

Sizemore began the year as the Tigers’ everyday second baseman, was sent down in mid-May after a rough start at the plate, then watched a revolving door of players handle second base. The latest at the position, Will Rhymes, has made an impression on the organization both offensively and defensively.

It’s difficult to define Sizemore’s fit in the organization, what with Carlos Guillen under contract for next year and Rhymes clearly making a case to stick around. But by no means is Sizemore a forgotten man. He’ll have a chance this winter to do a full workout program with a healthy ankle, something he couldn’t do last year after ankle surgery at the end of October, and he’s looking forward to it.

“It feels better,” Sizemore said. “There’s hardly any pain with anything that I do now, which is great. Because early on, almost everything I did kind of had some soreness or pain. The biggest thing now is I didn’t have the opportunity to lift in the offseason. This year, it’s just going to be back to my normal routine, get in the weight room, work on my speed and get back to being as explosive as I can.”

Sizemore fell a triple shy of the cycle Sunday night for the Mud Hens. He led off the game with a home run and added an opposite-field double later to go with a single. He fell a hit shy of finishing his Toledo tenure with a .300 average.

No word yet is that will be the extent of the Tigers’ September call-ups. The Mud Hens have one more game left Monday afternoon. However, manager Jim Leyland said last week that call-ups would be very limited. He indicated it was possible they’d only have one move, so this could be it.

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2nd half OPS’s for the current active Tigers:

1.052 CW
1.033 MC
.888 RR
.807 AJ
.771 WR
.750 JP
.733 DK
.672 JD
.668 RS
.660 BI
.645 GL
.644 AA
.442 BB

Sizemore this season has appeared in games in the following capacities in 2010 for Toledo

40 2B
23 DH
11 3B
02 SS

Looks like Damon, Santiago and Inge are the odd men out based on performance (assuming Leyland actually awards playing time based on performance, which he has said in the past that he does), then having Sizemore DH for Damon some games and play 3B for Inge some games is the right call.

Santiago’s already sitting more than he’s playing.

Good to see Sizemore getting another chance. You can’t tell anything from the 117 AB’s that he’s had in the majors this season, and he definitely has a bigger upside at the plate than Rhymes does. We’re seeing the best that Will will ever be, and the question is whether he can sustain it. Scott just needs to adjust to the speed of the major leagues and if he translates his AAA numbers, we’ve got a big winner.

It will be very interesting to see what the Tigers do with Sizemore. I was first puzzled when they played Larish full time at third, but when Inge went on the DL, Sizemore got the call up. They traded for Peralta and sent Scott back down, but kept Rhymes at 2B, and moved Sizemore all over the place, as if they view him as a utility guy. I hope they give him a legit shot.

“Casper Wells is opening a lot of people’s eyes right now,” Johnny Damon said after Wells’ second major-league home run accounted for the Tigers’ only run in a 2-1 loss on Sunday to the Royals.

“He could very well be the everyday right fielder next year.”
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Who the hell cares what Johnny Damon says? This guy stinks the field up then finds media who are willing to write whatever he says. First it was Boesch now Wells. Why don’t you retire and become a player agent?

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100906/SPORTS0104/9060362/1129/Casper-Wells-giving-Tigers-another-option-at-outfielder#ixzz0yj0sv6KJ

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