June 24th, 2014
Torii Hunter is feeling fine, Brad Ausmus says, but he’s getting one more day before he rejoins the starting lineup. Considering he’s 2-for-22 lifetime against Colby Lewis, there’s a clear benefit to the patience. Rajai Davis and Austin Jackson both have hit Lewis well. J.D. Martinez has never faced him, but he’s hitting everybody well these days.
Texas, meanwhile, has called up a familiar face, Carlos Pena, and put him in the lineup at first base against the left-hander Drew Smyly. It’ll be Pena’s return for his original team playing against another of his old teams.
No batting practice on the field for the Tigers today due to a round of storms that came through Arlington this afternoon. The worst of the weather stayed just to the west, and the severe weather is supposed to wind down with scattered storms this evening.
TIGERS (career numbers off Lewis)
- Rajai Davis, LF (7-for-19, double, 4 K’s)
- Ian Kinsler, 2B (0-for-6)
- Miguel Cabrera, 1B (7-for-20, 3 doubles, 3 walks, K)
- Victor Martinez, DH (8-for-15, 2 doubles, HR, 2 walks)
- J.D. Martinez, RF
- Nick Castellanos, 3B (0-for-1, 2 walks)
- Austin Jackson, CF (10-for-24, 2 doubles, HR, walk, 6 K’s)
- Alex Avila, C (4-for-16, 2 HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
- Eugenio Suarez, SS
P: Colby Lewis
RANGERS (career numbers against Smyly)
- Daniel Robertson, CF
- Elvis Andrus, SS (2-for-9, 2 doubles, walk, K)
- Shin-Soo Choo, LF (1-for-6, 3 K’s)
- Adrian Beltre, 3B (1-for-4, walk, K)
- Alex Rios, RF (0-for-4)
- Carlos Pena, 1B
- Robinson Chirinos, C (0-for-1, K)
- Michael Choice, DH
- Rougned Odor, 2B
P: Drew Smyly
The latest left-hander in the Triple-A Toledo bullpen is a familiar face who was there before. With Patrick McCoy and Blaine Hardy both in Detroit for the near future, the Tigers re-acquired Daniel Schlereth from Pittsburgh on Tuesday for cash considerations, sources confirmed to MLB.com.
John Wagner, the esteemed Mud Hens beat writer for the Toledo Blade, was the first to report the move. Schlereth was immediately assigned to the Mud Hens. Since he wasn’t on Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster, no big-league roster move had to be made.
Schlereth’s previous Tigers tenure ended in Toledo two years ago, when he was on rehab assignment in August for a partial labrum tear. He did not get a September call-up, and he ended up being non-tendered after the World Series. He spent last year at Triple-A in the Orioles system, then signed last offseason with the Pirates, which is how he ended up in Indianapolis.
“Great to be back,” Schlereth said in a text message to MLB.com. “I feel like I’m at home now.”
The numbers at Indy have been fairly ugly: 18 2/3 innings pitched, 18 hits, 19 runs, 15 earned, 18 walks, 18 strikeouts and five hit batters. Nine of those runs, six earned, came in his last four outings since May 30, allowing six hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings.
Left-handed batters are 7-for-30 off Schlereth this year, but he has walked seven others and hit three more.
Again, it’s purely a depth move for Toledo at this point. Though Schlereth made 73 appearances over a three-year stretch in Detroit after being acquired from Arizona in the Max Scherzer/Curtis Granderson three-team trade, he’s not in the Tigers’ picture.