June 1st, 2012

Matt Young joining Tigers?

John Wagner of the Toledo Blade reports that Matt Young was pulled from the Mud Hens game early tonight and was getting hugs from teammates on his way out. Both are usually signs that somebody’s heading to the big leagues.

The Tigers had no move to announce before the game. Likewise, they had no results to report on the MRI exam Andy Dirks underwent on his right Achilles tendon. If Young is indeed coming up, Dirks would be the logical move, given that Don Kelly was the only outfielder available on the bench Friday and he’s perfectly healthy.

Young made an impression as a non-roster invitee in Tigers camp this spring, and entered Friday batting .260 as a Mud Hen with three doubles, four triples, 16 RBIs, 45 walks and 12 stolen bases in 14 attempts over 49 games. He went 10-for-48 with the Braves last year.

The Tigers’ 40-man roster is currently full, so if Young is coming up, somebody would have to come off. They’ve churned through at least two pitchers who would almost surely clear waivers. They could also move Daniel Schlereth from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL, a move that would basically be a formality right now since he hasn’t pitched since April 21 and he hasn’t resumed baseball activities yet in his rehab from shoulder issues.

Friday: Tigers vs. Yankees

Alex Avila is available, as expected, but Jim Leyland said last night he wasn’t likely to start against lefty CC Sabathia. The fact that Omir Santos is starting in his place might be a little bit of a surprise, but keep in mind, Santos has seen more of Casey Crosby than either of the other catchers, having been teammates at Triple-A Toledo for the better part of two months.

As for the weather, it’s about as dreary as it gets for June 1, but it’s now dry. The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of rain, and the radar looks like the rain should stay north and east.


  1. Quintin Berry, CF
  2. Danny Worth, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, LF
  6. Gerald Laird, DH
  7. Brennan Boesch, RF
  8. Omir Santos, C
  9. Ramon Santiago, SS

P: Casey Crosby


  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Curtis Granderson, CF
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Robinson Cano, 2B
  6. Nick Swisher, RF
  7. Andruw Jones, DH
  8. Jayson Nix, LF
  9. Chris Stewart, C

P: CC Sabathia