April 14th, 2012

Wilk hit by foul ball, leaves game

What had been a strong first Major League start for Tigers left-hander Adam Wilk Saturday against the White Sox ended in freak fashion when he was hit by a foul ball into the visiting dugout at U.S. Cellular Field.

Wilk suffered a bruised left shoulder, the Tigers announced moments later. Because the contusion came in a muscular area, Wilk is expected to make his next scheduled start Thursday against the Rangers at Comerica Park.

The ball was a sharp liner off the bat of Prince Fielder, who was trying to give Wilk some much-needed run support with a runner on second in the top of the sixth inning and the Tigers trailing, 2-0.

Replays suggested Wilk was hit in his left shoulder. He was shown wincing in pain and holding his shoulder soon after as he was walking into the clubhouse with head athletic trainer Kevin Rand.

Wilk was the man primarily responsible for the Tigers having a chance at that point. While Gavin Floyd had held the Tigers scoreless at that point on three hits, all of them from Austin Jackson, Wilk had allowed just three hits through five innings. Two of them were solo homers from Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers.

As Wilk was heading into the clubhouse for treatment, pitching coach Jeff Jones was on the phone to the Tigers bullpen, where Collin Balester began warming up in a hurry. Balester began the bottom of the sixth and gave up back-to-back doubles to Brent Morel and Adam Dunn for a White Sox insurance run.

Wilk was making the start as an injury replacement for Doug Fister, who left his start last weekend with a strained rib cage muscle on his left side and went onto the 15-day disabled list.

Twins claim Clete Thomas off waivers

Clete Thomas is leaving the Tigers organization, but Detroit might still see him quite a bit if things work out for him. He’s headed to the Twins, who claimed him off waivers from the Tigers on Saturday.

Detroit designated Thomas’ contract for assignment on Wednesday to make room for Drew Smyly on the 25-man roster. There was some hope he would sneak through waivers unclaimed with teams having set their rosters just over a week ago, but enough teams have a need for outfield help and left-handed hitters, the Twins among them.

“I’m happy for him,” Jim Leyland told a pool reporter. “I’m not surprised it’s the Twins, because Gardy’s always loved him.”

Saturday: Tigers at White Sox


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Brennan Boesch, RF
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, LF
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Andy Dirks, DH
  9. Ryan Raburn, 2B

P: Adam Wilk



  1. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  2. Brent Morel, 3B
  3. Adam Dunn, DH
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Alex Rios, RF
  6. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  7. Dayan Viciedo, LF
  8. Tyler Flowers, C
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

P: Gavin Floyd