Tuesday: Tigers (Davis still out) vs. Blue Jays

The original lineup for today had Rajai Davis leading off and playing left field, which seemed to be a good sign of his return. Then manager Brad Ausmus announced this morning that he had scratched Davis from the lineup as a precaution. The Tigers are off Wednesday, and Davis already was scheduled to be off for Thursday’s game against the Nationals, so the plan is for him to take it easy on his sore right hamstring for a few days before returning to action (hopefully) Friday against the Braves at Disney.

With split squads today, the benches are kind of thin, so Ben Guez gets the chance to walk across the street from minor-league camp and right into the leadoff spot today.


  1. Ben Guez, LF
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Alex Avila, C
  6. Austin Jackson, CF
  7. Don Kelly, 1B
  8. Danny Worth, 3B
  9. Hernan Perez, SS

P: Drew Smyly


  1. Jose Reyes, SS
  2. Melky Cabrera, LF
  3. Jose Bautista, RF
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
  5. Brett Lawrie, 3B
  6. Adam Lind, DH
  7. Dioner Navarro, C
  8. Colby Rasmus, CF
  9. Maicer Izturis, 2B

P: Ricky Romero


Yet we’re seeing Worth at 3B and not at SS where he would play instead of Iggy. But I guess you don’t want to make Kinsler or Perez play 2B where they’ve never played before.

Worth is fine defensively, he needs some at bats. Perez needs time at SS to see if he can defensively swith from 2B to SS. Worth and Suarez are better defensive SS, Perez has more speed. None will make you forget Jhonny’s bat, nor Iggy’s OBP last year.

Perez has almost as many games as a shortstop then he has as a 2B.
I think Suarez should be looked at very carefully though I think Danny Worth may be hungry enough to turn a corner in his career.

Suarez looked overmatched at bat today to me, and couldn’t get a sacrifice down. And Dice-K in 2014 should not be overmatching you.

Hitting from that position will not be too exciting regardless of who gets the job.
In terms of fielding (including arm strength) I would think Perez is 3rd in line.
It will be interesting to see how much Lombo plays there and how he adapts.
Collins is looking like he belongs.

In fact, they could do worse than activating Omar!

is there rules against using him at SS? probably a dumb, dumb, question.

Drew looked very good today against what is likely the Jays opening day line up. Coke has had three good outing in a row. The bats were raking today. Not sure about Perez’s arm at short. Weather was perfect for Spring baseball today after my first rainout in six years of Florida trips.

will we hear anything about Iggy’s dr aptmt tonight?

nice write up on team power rankings for catcher http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/2014-positional-power-rankings-catcher/
spoiler alert: tigers rank 15th out of 30

Detroit fans out in the cold (NO PUN INTENDED)—what happened with our shortstop?

the silence is telling. why show your cards? wouldn’t be surprised if a trade is a brewing.

As long as it isn’t for Schierholtz and/or Barney. Both seem to be redundant and absurd considerations for our roster.

Darwin Barney anyone? *evil laugh*

Ya I’d thought we would of heard something by now.

Rosenthal says the Tigers’ shortstop options (Danny Worth, Hernan Perez, Eugenio Suarez) do not impress “scouts”. Can we get someone in a trade for pieces like Verhagen, McCann, Collins and Lennerton? Sweeten the deal with a little Coke?😉

Iglesias with the Tigers
259 .306 .348 .654
Babip with Boston:
That is not that hard to replace
Suarez cant hit but he won a Golden Glove in the Minors. Scouts could be non impressed but for sure managers and coach in the Minors were
I liked the idea of Nate Schierholtz when they were looking for a bat last year . And he had a good season with 251/.301/.470/.770. 21 HR That is better than the aging new LF , the injury prone Dirks or the AAAA Kelly
Since Kinsler will need a lot of rest and Castellanos , probably ,will be replaced late in the games. An IF of Lombardozzi, Perez and Kelly could be a common sight
Drew needs a new team, the Tigers lose their SS. Boras must be the luckiest man on earth. After JL who left the helm just before the shipwreck
Barney and Schierholtz is the best they can afford. The system is depleted and they dont have that many players to trade.
Peralta said he wanted to appeal. Is there any rule forbidding a team making a call to his agent and ask him if he had make his mind before rushing to trade for an injured player ?( hope and dream ,or delusion and denial, again, to expect him to recover).

I had read somewhere (from Dombrowski?) that there was a lack of communication between the Tigers and Peralta’s agent last year. I’ve wondered about that too.
Detroit could possibly use an outfielder but I don’t understand the rush to make an acquisition at SS. They’ve got three in house options and Iggy might not be gone all that long. This season was going to be a struggle even before all this happened. A lack of depth was and is going to be huge. The team as made up can’t withstand any injuries at all. Trade deadline, anyone?
By the way, I went from a sunny 85 degree day at the Magic Kingdom on Sunday to 40 and snow on the ground today.

Ausmus joked about Vizquel being the backup shortstop a few weeks ago.

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