Tigers put Infante on DL, recall Hernan Perez

The Tigers had been hoping they avoided serious injury with Omar Infante after Colby Rasmus’ takeout slide last week in Toronto. It just wasn’t the injury they were expecting.

After six days of waiting and hoping for a return, Detroit placed its second baseman on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a sprained left ankle. The move is retroactive to last Thursday, the day after Rasmus slid into Infante’s left leg in Toronto trying to break up a double play.

By backdating the move, the Tigers could bring back Infante as soon as next Friday for their first game out of the All-Star break. Before they do that, though, he’s going to have to make progress from an ankle injury that has proven more serious than initially thought.

The more severe injury to Infante out of the collision was a bruised left shin, which left him on crutches immediately afterwards. Infante also felt part of the impact on his ankle, but didn’t believe it to be a major issue.

While the shin healed up within a few days, the ankle hasn’t gotten any better. He hasn’t been able to hit off a tee, let alone run on it, which led the team medical staff to have him undergo an MRI exam Tuesday in Detroit.

“I did some light running [Monday], but it wasn’t easy,” Infante said late Monday night. “I can’t run or jog. I can’t do nothing.”

Infante has been an underrated presence in the Tigers offense despite hitting near the bottom of the order most nights. His .309 batting average ranks third among AL second basemen to go with 18 doubles, six home runs, 27 RBIs and 38 runs scored.

Utility infielder Ramon Santiago has filled in better than expected in his place, providing a key two-RBI single Friday in Cleveland, but is 4-for-20 in five starts during Infante’s absence.

The DL move opened the opportunity for infield prospect Hernan Perez to get the call from Double-A Erie to fill in for the week, giving the 22-year-old speedster a taste of the Majors for a week without much pressure. Already a well-regarded defender, Perez earned an Eastern League All-Star selection with a breakout season at the plate, entering Tuesday with a .300 average, 28 doubles, four home runs and 35 RBIs in 86 games. He has stolen 24 bases in 31 attempts, three off his career best from last season.

25 Comments

THANK GOD, Worth was not the choice. Perez IS the future 2B, Worth is scrap.

Somebody must have been reading this blog, Hernan Perez is coming.

management tends be good at bringing players up that succeed, albeit temporarily.

Can anyone tell me what grade sprain it is? tear or slight stretching?

because it determines if rehabilitation takes from weeks to months….

Well around lunch time it said there was no chance of rain until well after midnight. ….just looked at the radar???????? Looks bad.

moving faster than most expected as well

And he is playing tonight:
lineup: Jackson 8, Hunter 9, Cabrera 5, Fielder 3, Martinez DH, Peralta 6, Tuiasosopo 7, Perez 4, Avila 2. Verlander is starting.

Heading down
…sky is very dark.

On I-75 pouring

Are you texting on your phone while driving?

No my spouse was driving

The glove may be ready, but hitting under .250 at AA is not going to get a call up. Perez played short for a few weeks when Suarez was hurt.

albeit speculation – i feel like jhonny is going to get a suspension. But as is well-known he’s batted much better than average this year so regression is likely in his future if he isn’t.

Around 400 babip.

It poured here a couple hours ago, so hopefully, the rain will pass the D by start of game. Omar’s injury sounds scary to me. I kept screaming when he got hurt to stop making him walk on it. Hope it’s only a bad sprain..
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The other thing I wanted to say was what a breath of fresh air Brayan Pena is. He’s so easy to like.
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A little excitement with the Perez call-up. Maybe we’ll see some flash and dash Go Tigers!
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Also, where is Greg? He hasn’t commented for the past few days, unless I missed it. Sure hope Greg is OK. Go Tigers!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Oh, my, that bit on MLB trade rumors about suspensions doesn’t sound good.

Starting to rain a bit more but they are starting to get the tarp off.?????

Don’t ask Jim Price to spell Tuiasosopo. He can’t even pronounce it.!

I really believe the guy for this team, (should DD go for a closer/reliever), is KRod.
I think he is a good fit with the personnel we have. Also, he seems likely to benefit from going to a contender and rejuvenation himself as well as public opinion.

anyone got a Dotel update?

Cespedes in HR Derby…..so Miggy out? Good for back.
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LH starter for Bad Guys. 2E in but if he gets a hit, JL may remove him. Too much of a good thing.

Oh no rain delay. JV doesn’t like extra day of rest.

Number of times you can vote for Benoit = infinity. I feel like I’ve been voting for him infinity x infinity. Whoa.

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