Kyle Lobstein to 15-day DL with shoulder soreness
The Tigers have another void to fill in their rotation as they prepare for a week-long West Coast trip. Left-hander Kyle Lobstein, who has filled in capably for Justin Verlander since the start of the season, is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a sore left shoulder, the team announced Sunday morning.
Lobstein gave up three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings Saturday against the Astros. He walked the bases loaded in the fourth inning and escaped before three consecutive singles chased him from the game in the sixth. After the game, he called it “probably my worst stuff so far this season,” though his velocity wasn’t markedly different than his other starts this year.
“I didn’t feel the greatest warming up,” he said after the game, “but that’s gonna happen. Sometimes throughout the season you just gotta find out how to focus in and change how you’re feeling in between the bullpen and the game. Unfortunately it didn’t really work out today.”
Turned out he was dealing with shoulder issues before Saturday.
“He had complained of shoulder soreness here and there, nothing major,” Brad Ausmus said. “In the back of my mind, I thought something might be wrong. His velocity has been down almost all year. Jonesy and I talked to him this morning and [Lobstein] said that his shoulder bothered him a little bit during the winter. He started throwing and that it went away in Spring Training for a few weeks and then came back. I don’t know if it was toward the end of Spring Training or the start of the season, but he admitted that it hasn’t been right.”
For the season, Lobstein’s fastball is averaging 86.1 mph, according to fangraphs, down from 88.4 during his late-season stint last year. His cutter is also down a couple miles per hour.
Lobstein is 3-5 with a 4.34 ERA over eight starts, but has given up three runs or less in six of those outings.
For now, the Tigers have filled Lobstein’s roster spot with infielder Dixon Machado, who gives the Tigers some depth for now with Jose Iglesias day-to-day with a bruised left knee. Buck Farmer will fill Lobstein’s spot when it comes up Thursday night against the Angels. They’ll need to make another move at that point, likely sending out Machado but possibly putting Iglesias on the DL if he isn’t right by then.
“With Iglesias being down a day or two, we figured what would probably benefit us the most is just to have an extra infielder available,” Dave Dombrowski said. “He’s done very well for us and well deserving of a promotion at this time. He’s played well in Triple-A.”