What’s next for Tigers after Veras

Though Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that Jose Veras would likely be his team’s lone move before the July 31 nonwaiver Trade Deadline, that doesn’t mean Dombrowski isn’t going to try for something else. The next goal appears to be another left-handed reliever to slot with Drew Smyly.

Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported late Monday night that the Tigers are among the many teams in the mix for Giants lefty Javier Lopez. The Giants have been scouting pitchers at Double-A Erie, including right-handed starter Drew VerHagen, according to a source.

There’s also buzz among other clubs that the Tigers could make a run at one more right-handed reliever for depth. Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reported Detroit is in the mix for Cubs closer Kevin Gregg. However, there’s a recent history of misguided rumors regarding Tigers interest in Cubs players (Carlos Marmol, Matt Garza, Alfonso Soriano among them) which, along with Gregg’s recent struggles and his 4.27 career ERA and 1.44 career WHIP in the American League (well above his NL numbers) bring the level of interest into question.

The Tigers might be able to fill a right-handed relief spot internally. Octavio Dotel has resumed throwing side sessions in Lakeland in his attempt to come back from elbow inflammation. Meanwhile, Jeremy Bonderman threw two perfect innings of relief at Triple-A Toledo on Monday, stretching his streak to seven scoreless innings on one hit in the Mud Hens bullpen.

Though other teams continue to wait for the Tigers to try to add a shortstop in anticipation of a possible Jhonny Peralta suspension, they’ve no shown sign of heavy pursuit, even with the reported availability of Angels shortstop Erick Aybar and rumors the Giants might listen to interest on veteran middle infielder Marco Scutaro. Two thoughts could be in play: First, if Peralta were to appeal any suspension, it could well push back any discipline until next year. Second, if Peralta received a suspension that would allow him to return in time for the postseason, the Tigers would have to debate just how much production they need out of shortstop to win the AL Central.

Other than those two areas, the Tigers are pretty well set.

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for those who care to know…..”Fox Sports Detroit PLUS is broadcasting tonight’s Tigers-Nationals game without Mario & Rod’s commentary. Microphones have been placed around the park so you can hear all the natural sounds of Comerica”

I’ve been wanting to watch a telecast like that forever, and wouldn’t you know I’m blacked out and have to watch the Nationals channel. That just ain’t right. I hope they do it again later.

I am able to do that through the MLB package any time I want when I watch through my blu ray.

I’ve never been able to get that to work with my blu ray. Of course, I’m usually only watching that if weather makes the satellite go out. I should get back in there and mess with it some.

Im not 100 % sure but with MLB premium you can watch both feeds.He uses the blu ray , that only possible with MLB premium.

That’s cool, I’ve never heard of that before. Special occasion or just a random broadcast?

Did I hear something about it being Global Tiger’s Day?

John Wagner of the Blade said that Bonderman threw all 3 pitches for strikes, fastball in 91-93 range, 3 swing and misses off slider. 3rd pitch is splitter, which he adopted after his first injury according to this report: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100409&content_id=9169476&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Putkonen optioned to Toledo

“We’ve got to get some of our guys to get some outs. With four-, five-, six-run leads in the ninth inning.(… )Obviously, in defense of Putkonen, he hasn’t pitched in quite a while, but at some point you’ve got to be ready, and that’s part of that job. He got a big out for us in the ninth” JL

June 25

July 25.Sorry

RE: Putkonen. For what reason? Poor performance? Gathering rust, needs work? A roster move involving someone else? remember I’m out here in the boonies, lol, and don’t hear news very quickly.

To make room for Veras I guess.

He wants to know why Luke and not Reed.

I posted the stats a few blogs back – in summary reed has pitched slightly better in the past month (~6.1 innings).

Oh, Veras, ok. Senior moment here, not dementia. Thought Veras was already on roster in place of 60-day DL Dotel.

He was on the 40 roster for Dotel and Putkonen optioned to make room for him in the active roster

They’re interviewing Jose Veras right now.

I’ve got it on Fox Sports Plus. OMG, it’s like you’re sitting at the game. I’m leavin it right here for the rest of the game.

except for the commercials:(

Hunter gave the third base

Well….gotta keep this small with Strasberg on the mound I’m fearful of giving them too much.

He was expecting Fielder to have that. There is no i though in baseball

Anibal, yes you have a reputation as being a surgeon on the mound. Sometimes you have to be a little less precise with a little less finesse. You have the power you can find your spots to use it.
Austin is such an important part of this team. He is not clicking right now in any sense of the word

Well we won’t get no hit tonight lol

Really working Straberg over tonight 24 pitches in two innings……argh.!!!

2 Different strike zones tonight!

Well awesome The Golden Child Strasberg gets a different strike one than Sanchez….it’s just aweful. Umps are idiots!

That’s strikes zone. I love auto correct,

He is not right

Playing 3B , he wont get better

Jim said, “you all right”? He’s not.

The 15 day DL was probably the best option, imo. I realize that it is a drastic measure for the Tigers organization, but we need a healthy Miggy.

Sure wish Anibel was the recipient of the same strike zone as Prince Strasberg!

They need to get rid of umpires calling balls and strikes. That would be the first big technology change I’d put in place. Can’t stand it any more.

If Miggy is out or an extended period of time we lose this division…Prince can’t do anything!

Eat ‘em up, Tigers, eat ‘em up! In memory.

Light a candle!

Oh Alex ……..awesome that was beautiful!

That was a piece of art. It was a clinic on swinging the bat

Nice play by Santiago!

Has been great all night long with the glove

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