July 25th, 2013
The Tigers sent out Omar Infante on rehab at low Class A West Michigan saying he’d spend a couple days with the Whitecaps and then be re-evaluated after that. Infante’s self-evaluations sounds like he’s going to need more time than that.
Thursday marked Infante’s first game at second base since Colby Rasmus’ takeout slide caught him in the left shin and ankle July 3 at Toronto. The ankle was originally seen as the secondary injury compared to the huge bruise on his shin, but the ankle was slow to heal and has proven slow to get back to game shape.
Infante played four innings at second on Thursday, going 1-for-2 with a single and a strikeout and one play in the field, before being replaced.
The ground ball he fielded apparently brought back the ankle issues that have slowed his rehab the last week and a half.
“I’m feeling a lot of pain in my ankle right now,” Infante told MLive.com. “I’m taking the ground ball, and I was feeling it a lot.”
Infante will be re-evaluated in Detroit on Friday. Even if he checks out all right, it remains to be seen when he’ll resume his rehab assignment.
Infante wasn’t the only Tiger on rehab with the Whitecaps Thursday. Darin Downs needed just 10 pitches to retire the side in order in the sixth inning. The results were nice, but they came against a side of Class A hitters. The more important thing will be how his shoulder feels afterward.
No Miguel Cabrera once again, so the hope that Cabrera would be available for one of the last two games of this series fizzled. With right-hander Jake Peavy on the mound, Andy Dirks will hit third, just as Matt Tuiasosopo did the previous couple nights.
Joaquin Benoit is not available to close today, from what Jim Leyland told reporters in Chicago this morning. Benoit said over the weekend in Kansas City that he no longer warms up in the bullpen during the middle innings in order to save his throws for games and hopefully be available to close more often, such as three or more games in a row. At least for now, it does not appear that’s going to change the game plan with how many days in a row he can pitch.
TIGERS (career numbers off Peavy)
- Austin Jackson, CF (8-for-25, HR, 2 walks, 9 K’s)
- Torii Hunter, RF (6-for-13, walk, K)
- Andy Dirks, LF (4-for-15, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
- Prince Fielder, 1B (10-for-33, 2 walks, 9 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-4)
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (7-for-31, HR, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
- Don Kelly, 3B (1-for-7, 2 K’s)
- Brayan Pena, C (1-for-6)
- Ramon Santiago, 2B (2-for-11, 2 K’s)
P: Justin Verlander
WHITE SOX (career numbers off Verlander)
- Alejandro De Aza, CF (4-for-17, 2 HR, walk, 5 K’s)
- Alexei Ramirez, SS (12-for-54, HR, 2 walks, (9 K’s)
- Alex Rios, RF (12-for-37, 4 walks, 9 K’s)
- Adam Dunn, 1B (4-for-23, 3 HR, walk, 11 K’s)
- Paul Konerko, DH (9-for-55, 2 HR, 5 walks, 16 K’s)
- Jeff Keppinger, 2B (4-for-10)
- Conor Gillaspie, 3B (1-for-4, K)
- Dayan Viciedo, LF (2-for-12, HR, 4 K’s)
- Tyler Flowers, C (2-for-7, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
P: Jake Peavy