Why Tigers could time Porcello’s appeal right
Dodgers utility player Skip Schumaker had his appeal heard Tuesday in his two-game suspension, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick. On almost every other day of the year, that wouldn’t be news to Tigers fans.
But Schumaker’s appeal Tuesday was in regards to the suspension he received from the Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl in mid-June. That timing should interest Tigers fans now that Rick Porcello is appealing the six-game suspension MLB issued yesterday for hitting Ben Zobrist on Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Likewise, Eric Hinske’s appeal from that same brawl was heard last week.
The Tigers can tweak their rotation out of the All-Star break so that Porcello doesn’t miss any starts during his suspension, but that hinges on Porcello making his next two starts Friday in Cleveland and Wednesday against the White Sox. If his appeal is still ongoing next Thursday, he could drop it, serve four days before the break, then miss the first two games out of the break in Kansas City.