August 2nd, 2013

Perez “optioned” to make room for Iglesias

With Jhonny Peralta’s status unchanged for now, the Tigers had to make a roster move to make room for Jose Iglesias. That fell to Hernan Perez, who was optioned to Double-A Erie.

Perez, however, was taking infield practice with the team later Friday, and he wasn’t packing up his locker. So there’s a little juggling going on this weekend.

By rule, Perez has 72 hours to report to the SeaWolves, and they’re on the road this weekend in New Britain, Connecticut. More important to the Tigers, there’s still nothing definitive about Peralta’s status. According to reports, there will now be no announcement on suspensions coming out of the Biogenesis investigation until Monday, about 72 hours after the Tigers made their roster move. If Peralta is suspended on Monday and doesn’t appeal, the Tigers can recall Perez without him setting foot in Erie.

Just as convenient, the Tigers start a four-game series Monday in Cleveland, a short drive away from Erie.

Bottom line, though nobody will say it officially, Perez is expected to spend the weekend at Comerica Park while the Tigers wait out Major League Baseball’s decision on suspensions.

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. White Sox

Miguel Cabrera was originally in the starting lineup, and Jose Iglesias was set to make his Tigers debut at second base, a position where he has started only once in his Major League career. It took just a few minutes of batting practice to change that plan. With Cabrera will bothered by the abdominal strain, he was scratched from the lineup. Iglesias moved over to third, where he played quite a bit in Boston, and Ramon Santiago will start at second.

TIGERS (career numbers off Hector Santiago)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (1-for-8, walk, 4 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (0-for-2, walk)
  3. Matt Tuiasosopo, LF (0-for-3, 2 K’s)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (2-for-6, walk)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (1-for-3, K)
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS (2-for-8, HR, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  7. Jose Iglesias, 2B
  8. Brayan Pena, C (0-for-0, walk)
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B (0-for-2)

P: Doug Fister

WHITE SOX (career numbers against Doug Fister)

  1. Alejandro De Aza, CF (0-for-3)
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS (5-for-16, walk)
  3. Alex Rios, RF (8-for-16, walk, K)
  4. Adam Dunn, 1B (4-for-7, walk, 4 K’s)
  5. Paul Konerko, DH (4-for-20, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. Jeff Keppinger, 3B
  7. Dayan Viciedo, LF (2-for-6, 2 K’s)
  8. Gordon Beckham, 2B (4-for-14, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  9. Josh Phegley, C

P: Hector Santiago