Smyly leaves with ugly blister

Drew Smyly’s Sunday night on national television ended after just three innings when he sustained a blister on his left middle finger, adding to the multitude of Tigers injuries.

Smyly gave up three runs on four hits in three innings, including a Todd Frazier two-run single in the second and a Zack Cozart home run leading off the third. That’s the pitch, he said, where he first felt it.

“I had a mini-cut from my last start,” Smyly said, “but it wasn’t a blister or anything. So I had some type of stuff on it to keep it safe. It was holding all the blood in, so it was getting mushy. So every pitch, it was getting mushier and mushier, and it started going down my finger.”

Impressively, Smyly retired the middle of the Reds’ lineup in order after Chris Heisey’s third-inning double, using offspeed pitches to try to avoid breaking it open. As soon as he got to the dugout, he went to head athletic trainer Kevin Rand.

Once they went to manager Jim Leyland, he couldn’t believe what he saw.

“It’s the worst one I’d ever seen in my life,” said Leyland, who immediately called for Luis Marte to begin warming in the bullpen.

Rand, a longtime trainer in the big leagues, said it was “right there” among the biggest he had seen.

It’s the first injury in what has been a solid rookie season for the 22-year-old left-hander, who turned a non-roster invite to Spring Training into a spot in the rotation in just his second season as a pro. However, Smyly said he dealt with blisters several times in college and once last year at Class A Lakeland. Warm, humid weather, such as Sunday’s conditions in Cincinnati, seem to bring it out.

Judging from past blisters, Smyly doesn’t expect this should prevent him from making his next start.

For the team, though, it’s just the latest health concern on an injury-shortened roster. Right fielder Brennan Boesch was scratched from Sunday’s lineup hours earlier with a right ankle sprain. Fellow Tigers starter Doug Fister is on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this year with a left side strain. Center fielder Austin Jackson just returned from the 15-day DL with an abdominal strain, but left fielder Andy Dirks is still working his way back from Achilles tendinitis.

Detroit has used 40 players so far this season. If Fister can return later this week as hoped, they won’t need a callup to replace Smyly if his blister doesn’t heal in time.

Smyly’s next turn in the rotation would come Saturday at Comerica Park against the Rockies.

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Three things I liked about this game:
1. Good solid defense; Thanks Prince for the stretch. I hope your guts remained intact.
2. Strike throwing from Valverde; this is the key for his success
3. No evidence of defeatism in Tiger eyes even as Chapman comes in; the subtle smile and glean in Boesch’s eyes were priceless; so was the hit.
By Greg on June 11, 2012 7:52 am – Reply

Is there any chance , since more than 1/3 of the season has already gone, that Santiago is allowed to play the season?( The wear and tearwill catch him by october) and the Tigers go for a starter?

what a good point about santiago. however, i think the tigers would go with anyone who can hit and play 2b.

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anyone care to comment about the Valverde Spit-ball buzz? if you do not know….then…. http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2012/06/twitter_account_posts_video.html

Looks pretty suspicious to me.

And then he throws a 94 mph fastball? Come on. That guy needs to man up and take the loss. Can that be libel?

Gaylord Perry went to the mound with sandpaper, vaseline, tar ( like our Rogers, one of my all time favorite Detroit players) a nail and whatever was available. He was stripped down by an ump who found nothing. In his book he said , he did have sandpaper that night ( bluffing of course). He is in the HoF.
In baseball,if you can ,you cheat. The only problem is being discovered.

Good thing it wasn’t raining. The ball would really have been et!

wet!!

Could this be a good time for Smyly to be skipped ?? His season needs to be shortened up by three or more starts anyway. It would depend on whether Fister could pitch on Saturday. Crosby, Fister, and Scherzer against Colorado.

Drew wasn’t pitching that well anyway, although he never walked many. It’s a good idea, if possible.

So much for the mountain trip. Totally socked in by fog, 20 feet visibility. Drove up there for nothing. Some other time, I guess. Dan, that was a good one, “you call those mountains?” I’ve often said the same thing myself. Hundreds of miles of very tall hills. Of course, the Appalachians were 30,000 feet high at some point in history, and that’s how much they’ve eroded over millions of years.

When Santiago leads off an inning when a rally is needed, he demonstrates an amazing ability to draw a walk. He just makes the Tigers a better team. “it is what it is.”

That allows me an opening. I think Peralta is a net negative. When he was hitting .300 and 20 hr last year it compensated for his defensive shortcomings, although it was pretty funny when Rod and Mario were pitching him for a Gold Glove, just because he catches the balls he can get to. This year he’s reverted to his career norms for BA and power, and his fielding is just awful; he loops throws and can’t turn double plays. They got 3 DPs against Cincy, which is double their two game average. Nothing to do about it now, but his contract is up at the end of this year, and I’m presuming he’s a goner.

Star this, unfortunately :(

No question the defense has lifted with the regulars inspired by seeing a team mate or two putting their bodies on the line and succeeding more often than not. Berry’s play radiates energy and having a lockdown 2B and SS with Ramon and Worth has picked up the infield play.
Prince’s all or nothing stretch out will leave a mark on this season.

That was neat to see (the stretch).Worth has been pretty good at 2 but no way can this team afford to sacrifice the bat. He’s got to hit .265+ IMO.

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