July 22nd, 2014
Miguel Cabrera is back on the hot corner, and Victor Martinez (who had a very nice game at first base Monday night) is back on the right side of the infield. The two real changes are the return of J.D. Martinez to the lineup in left field, pushing Rajai Davis to the bench, and Alex Avila back behind the plate with rookie right-hander Chase Anderson (whom none of the Tigers have faced) on the mound for Arizona. With those two moves, Eugenio Suarez, who batted sixth in Monday’s lineup, is batting eighth tonight.
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Miguel Cabrera, 3B
- Victor Martinez, 1B
- J.D. Martinez, LF
- Torii Hunter, RF
- Alex Avila, C
- Eugenio Suarez, SS
- Rick Porcello, P
DIAMONDBACKS (career numbers off Porcello)
- David Peralta, CF
- Aaron Hill, 2B (2-for-11, HR)
- Paul Goldschmidt, 1B
- Miguel Montero, C (2-for-3, HR)
- Mark Trumbo, LF (4-for-13, 2 K’s)
- Gerardo Parra, RF (0-for-2)
- Martin Prado, 3B
- Didi Gregorius, SS
- Chase Anderson, P
Drew VerHagen has drawn attention as a potential piece in any potential Tigers trade for relief help, having more than held his own as a sinkerballer at Triple-A Toledo before delivering a decent spot start in Detroit last Saturday with five innings of three-run ball. That could well end up being his final outing before the July 31 outing. The right-hander has been placed on the disabled list with what is being called a lower back strain.
The injury was reported after VerHagen returned to Toledo, having been called up and sent down last Saturday under the 26th man rule that allows for an extra player during a doubleheader. Thus, VerHagen was placed on the 7-day disabled list at the Triple-A level, rather than the 15-day DL in the big leagues. That means he’ll at least be eligible to return from the DL before the July 31 trade deadline. Whether he does depends on his back.
It isn’t expected to be a major injury. Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila said VerHagen reported concerns about his back after returning to Toledo. He’ll visit a doctor as a precaution, Avila said, but it doesn’t appear to be a serious concern.
Though just a few teams had scouts on hand for VerHagen’s start Saturday, the Tigers are getting a good amount of interest on starting pitching in their farm system. Beyond VerHagen, multiple teams are expected to have scouts at Double-A Erie to watch Jake Thompson, Detroit’s top pick in 2012 and now arguably their top pitching prospect after Robbie Ray, start Wednesday afternoon.