Tigers place Boesch on 15-day disabled list
The Tigers took care of the roster part of Brennan Boesch’s season-ending thumb surgery by placing the outfielder on the 15-day disabled list Friday.
The move is a formality, but an important one. It makes no difference for the regular-season roster, since rosters are expanded for September and they don’t need the extra room. For the postseason roster, however, it might allow them to carry a player they otherwise couldn’t. Though players usually have to be on the 25-man roster or DL on Aug. 31 to be eligible for the postseason, teams can fill spots left open by players on the DL. Anyone who’s on the 40-man roster as of Aug. 31 can fill those spots, even if they’re not with the team until September (think Andy Dirks, for example).
The Tigers already had two potential spots with Joel Zumaya and Brad Thomas on the DL with season-ending injuries. Boesch makes it three.
Boesch underwent surgery Tuesday in Cleveland to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. He’s expected to be ready in time for the start of Spring Training, but won’t be ready for the postseason no matter how far the Tigers might advance.