Rajai Davis status still unclear

The Tigers were able to put Rajai Davis through some batting practice at Wednesday’s workout at Camden Yards, which is good news for his chances at playing in this AL Division Series. The one step he didn’t do, however, is the one step he arguably needs to do in order to make a full impact on this series.

Davis did some light running in left field with strength and conditioning coach Javair Gillett. He did some long-tossing to air out his arm, then took his regular rounds of batting practice. He did not run the bases, lightly or otherwise.

And as Brad Ausmus reiterated, they need to trust that Rajai Davis can accelerate without aggravating the pubis symphysis sprain he suffered last Saturday.

“We’ve gotta get past that point of him making some baseball moves in terms of running, exploding out of the box and taking swings,” Ausmus said before Wednesday’s workout.

With the series opener coming up Thursday afternoon, and rosters due by 10am, the Tigers are going to have to project how close he is to doing everything. If Davis makes the roster but is unable to play, the Tigers have Ezequiel Carrera and Don Kelly ready to fill in center, but they’d likely need an extra position player to fill the bench gap, likely either outfielder Tyler Collins or infielder Hernan Perez. Both were at Camden Yards for Wednesday’s workout.

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And not one of them can hit a lick…nice back up plan Dumbrowski.

hey it’s a gamble, no? you have to have things “go right” for you to win it all – there are no guarantees. If rajai is toast then hey maybe it isn’t our year – or maybe his replacement miraculously hits .450 with power.
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there are plenty of times to roast capt’n dave, but now re: rajai isn’t one of the better times to do so, IMO

Guess only time will tell . Lets hope they did a good and honest evaluation .

I’m not even going near that diagnosis, Just hope he can play!
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Anyone watch that dud of a game tonight. Pirate fans just looked so sad.

Can’t see Rajai being useful in the next week.
Plan B needs to be good one.

It’s not if Rajai can play, it’s if he can do the things he needs to do. If they plan on a long postseason run, best to be extremely cautious with him starting out here.
Tonight’s WC game was as bad as last night’s was good. Not the Giants again. 2010, 2012, 2014?

giants bend pirates over a barrel, yaaaarrrr!

Good rotation, well balanced offensive and depth enough to go without key players and rebuild on the go the BP. That the way you start a dynasty. No blind loyalty, no charity signings.
The trainer broke an unwritten rule when he prevented a broken neck for Sandoval. Who said heavy build players cant be athletics?
Still, the Nats seem poised to win it all

Giants rotation after Bumgarden is not strong, I don’t see them getting past Washington. That is why Pittsburgh started Cole on Sunday, to try avoiding the 1 game wild card game. A weak team like SF can win a game with a dominant starter, like Bumgarden was last night. He was nasty.

It’s almost 10:00. Should know the lineup in a few more minutes. I bet Jason knows already.

The Tigers released their playoff roster at the deadline today. Here is how it looks:

Pitchers: Al Alburquerque, Joba Chamberlain, Phil Coke, Blaine Hardy, Kyle Lobstein, Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria, Rick Porcello, David Price, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander

Catchers: Alex Avila, Bryan Holaday

Infielders: Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, Andrew Romine, Nick Castellanos, Eugenio Suarez

Outfielders: Ezequiel Carrera, Rajai Davis, Tyler Collins, Don Kelly, J.D. Martinez, Torii Hunter

Designated Hitter: Victor Martinez.

Not sure where you got that, but it’s off. Hardy and Collins aren’t on the roster. Sanchez and Perez are.

Collins over Johnson, I like it. However, no Anibal Sanchez!

no Anibal Sanchez?

where did you get the list evan? any chance for a typo? — please let that be ūüė¶

Got the list from Detroit Sports Nation…in fact I tried to cite the location of the information but something must have malfunctioned in that regard. They shortly after retracted the lineup.

This list was wrong. No Collins, no Hardy. Perez made it to watch 3rd base tag up plays and Sanchez is on it.

Starting pitchers (4): Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, David Price, Rick Porcello.

Relief pitchers (7): Joe Nathan, Joba Chamberlain, Joakim Soria, Anibal Sanchez, Al Alburquerque, Phil Coke, Kyle Lobstein.

Catchers (2): Alex Avila, Bryan Holaday.

Designated hitter (1): Victor Martinez.

Outfielders (5): Rajai Davis, Torii Hunter, J.D. Martinez, Don Kelly, Ezequiel Carrera.

Infielders (6): Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, Nick Castellanos, Andrew Romine, Eugenio Suarez, Hernan Perez.

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