October 28th, 2013

Travis, Knebel named to AFL Fall Stars Game

The Tigers will be represented at Saturday night’s Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game with two prospects. Second baseman Devon Travis, who continues to open eyes with his hitting, will be part of the Eastern Division team along with reliever Corey Knebel.

The showcase begins at 8pm ET on MLB Network, with an online simulcast on MLB.com.

Travis, the Tigers’ Minor League Player of the Year after putting on a hitting display at Class A West Michigan and Lakeland, entered Monday batting 7-for-30 with two doubles, a home run, six RBIs and nine runs scored for the Mesa Solar Sox. He went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs last Monday after hitting a solo homer four days earlier.

Knebel, a first-round pick by the Tigers in June, has held opponent to a run on three hits in five innings for the Solar Sox, picking up saves in his last two outings. He has six strikeouts and two walks as he continues to make his case for a fast track up the Tigers farm system.

The Fall Stars were selected by scouting and farm directors from every Major League organization in consultation with AFL director Steve Cobb and his baseball personnel staff. Every Major League organization gets at least one player on the rosters.

Tigers interview Ausmus for managerial job

Brad Ausmus has neither managed nor coached in the big leagues in three seasons since his 18-year playing career ended. On Monday, he was at Comerica Park talking about why his first shot should be managing the three-time American League Central champions, a team that had to debate whether falling two wins shy of the World Series constituted a disappointing season.

The fact that the Tigers were listening says a lot about how highly Ausmus is considered among potential managers.

The Tigers made Ausmus the third candidate to interview for their managerial opening on Monday, starting a new week to their search for Jim Leyland’s successor with a new-style candidate. The team interviewed Ausmus after receiving permission from the San Diego Padres, where Ausmus works as a special assistant in baseball operations.

“I enjoyed meeting and discussing the Tigers with Dave and his staff,” Ausmus replied in a text message. “I felt like it went well.”

Surgery set/likely/pending/expected for Cabrera

This much we know: Miguel Cabrera is headed to visit Dr. William Meyers this week. Either surgery is already set, or he’s going to wait for the test results before deciding on surgery on his severe groin strain.

Cabrera indicated to reporters in the media room at Busch Stadium Sunday night that he isn’t sure whether he’ll need surgery: “I don’t know yet. I have to check with the doctor and see what he says, and we’ll go from there.”

However, Cabrera apparently indicated to ESPN’s Enrique Rojas that he’s going to have the surgery, reportedly Tuesday.

“I don’t know anything about the operation, I don’t want to know the details, I just hope it heals fast,” Cabrera told him. “I am trusting that the doctors can fix the problem. I have a lot left in me.”

Peter Gammons of MLB Network also reported that Cabrera will have surgery. The Tigers confirmed to various news outlets that he will have surgery.

Bottom line: Expect some news Tuesday or Wednesday that Cabrera opted for surgery.