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.

8 Comments

Offense has to be able to pounce on oppositions pitching weakness. Regardless of where you are in the lineup.
Really doubt we will see Alex play tomorrow. I’m sure, with the lefty going, Avila not, and him getting roughed up physicaly–makes sense to give 4 at bats away with Laird.
That’s encouraging, Laird and Inge at the bottom of the lineup. I’ll bet dollars to donuts that Raburn gets in the lineup tomorrow. Realistically, JL has to hope he can get him going somehow so why not against the southpaw..

Raburn will DH.

We won 5 of 6 against two of the best teams in the league, but tonight Chicago is in first place. That’s the lesson here. You have to take care of the division.
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This is becoming one of “those” weekends where everything goes wrong ( remember in Cleveland last April). Avoiding a sweep tomorrow will be a big accomplishment. As it is, wire to wire is not going to happen this year. :-)
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Today I thought Floyd pitched very well and had a lot of bite on his breaking ball. I also thought we didn’t take very good approaches at the plate. It’s never just one thing, but a combination of things. A lot of what’s happening this weekend is just a lack of any breaks going our way. It happens. After 162 games, the most talented team wins out nearly all the time. Wilk looked sharp and composed; I was impressed with him.
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I will be glad when Leyland settles on who he can count on. Seems to take him as long to do that as it does for Raburn to start hitting.

Personally I would rather see Santiago at 2nd base, solid defense and his offense would benefit with consistent (or any) at-bats. Let Rayburn DH, alternate with Dirks. Congratulations are in order for Wilks, he will now and forever be a Trivia Question, “Which MLB pitcher was plunked by Prince Fielder in his MLB debut, while sitting in the dugout?” Glad he is okay though.

This series has had everything but the usual Chicago rainout. Thunderstorms predicted for the morning, but the afternoon will feature winds of 25-35 mph. That should complete the third act of this strange saga. Let’s just get a win and move on.

Tough break for Wilk, as he was really pitching well to that point. Despite the homers, he wasn’t wasting pitches, giving up walks, and only the three hits. The offense has been pathetic this series, and the Tigers need to be reminded they need to play more than just the first week. No excuse for losing to this ChiSox club.
–Mike
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

Lineup for a long, long afternoon?
5th Young DH
6th Peralta
7th Raburn LF
8th Laird( Avila needs rest for sure)
9th Inge 2b

For a w

I shut the TV off as soon as I saw Dirks being replaced by you know who.

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