Alburquerque throwing, Boesch not swinging
Mixed news on the Tigers injury front today. The good news for them came from Al Alburquerque, who was cleared to begin throwing again and was set to throw a side session this afternoon. Jim Leyland told MLB Network Radio that they hope to have him ready to come off the 15-day disabled list around Sept. 1, and he echoed that sentiment to reporters later.
Alburquerque hasn’t pitched in a game since Aug. 9. While he has been out, Phil Coke has found his old form to take over a big role in setup duties, and Ryan Perry has made an impression with his consistency. Add Alburquerque to this group, and the Tigers bullpen looks a lot deeper than it did a couple months ago.
“That would be music to our ears if we could get him going,” Leyland said.
The flip side of that is the situation they face with Brennan Boesch, who has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar colateral ligament in his right thumb. He’s going to need surgery, but the Tigers are hoping they can get it comfortable enough that Boesch can play out the season and then have offseason surgery.
“What we’re trying to do,” head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Monday, “is work with the stability of the thumb.”