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Inge to DL, Fien recalled

The Tigers need an extra arm in the bullpen at the moment more than they need a third baseman to replace injured Brandon Inge. So Detroit placed Inge on the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-hander Casey Fien from Triple-A Toledo Tuesday afternoon to provide an extra arm while it ponders what to do at third base.
Inge is expected to be out 4-6 weeks after fracturing a bone in his left hand Monday night against the Rangers.
After Monday’s 14-inning loss to Texas, a fourth-inning exit from Andy Oliver Sunday afternoon and a day-night doubleheader that included another extra-inning game Saturday, Detroit’s bullpen has pitched 20.2 innings over five games in four days since the All-Star break. Five relievers pitched Monday night, including closer Jose Valverde for the second consecutive day.
That left the Tigers looking for an extra arm to handle work Tuesday night if Armando Galarraga can’t work deep into the game. Enter Fien, who was up with the Tigers for two days a few weeks ago before Ryan Perry returned. Fien pitched two scoreless innings June 30 at Minnesota.
Fien’s arrival means third base will fall to the Detroit’s utilitymen for at least Tuesday. With the Rangers starting right-hander Tommy Hunter Tuesday night, Don Kelly appears likely to get the start at third base for the second time in three days. Kelly gave Inge a day off Sunday at Cleveland and replaced him at third base in the fifth inning Monday. 
Once the Tigers get their bullpen back in order, they have a few options to replace Inge positionally. Jeff Larish has been the primary third baseman at Triple-A Toledo, and is batting .298 with 12 doubles, 10 home runs and 36 RBIs since June 1, but the Tigers didn’t consider Larish an everyday third baseman during his stints in Detroit. He was playing there to enhance his versatility.
Scott Sizemore, the Tigers’ Opening Day second baseman, has hit well since coming back from injuries and could feasibly return to the big leagues if the Tigers move Carlos Guillen to third. However, Sizemore just recently came off the DL with a hip injury, and Guillen hasn’t played third base since spending half the ’08 season there.
Guillen likely won’t have a problem moving again. How he does there remains to be seen. His middle infield instincts have allowed him to handle second base a little better than expected.
Detroit’s best defensive option could be to go with Kelly, an infielder by trade coming up through the Tigers farm system before adding outfield to his resume in recent years in the Pirates and Diamondbacks organizations. He’s batting .219 (25-for-114) with Detroit this year with three doubles, a home run and eight RBIs. Fellow Tigers utilityman Ryan Raburn also has experience at third base.

Tigers re-sign Casey Fien

The Tigers announced Saturday morning that they’ve re-signed Casey Fien to a minor-league contract, three weeks and two teams after they designated him for assignment to make room for Johnny Damon on the roster.

You might recall that the Tigers designated Fien Feb. 23 after signing Damon. Fien worked out in the Tigers minor league camp for the next week or so while he waited to see whether anyone claimed him on waivers. The Red Sox did on March 1, but no sooner did Fien report to their big league camp than the Red Sox tried to get him through waivers. The Blue Jays then claimed him March 4, and Fien headed back up I-75 to report to camp with them. Then Toronto released him on Thursday.

Fien will now report back to the Tigers’ minor league camp.

The whirlwind journey of Casey Fien

Caught up today with Casey Fien, who finally seemed to be settling in after going from Tigers camp to Red Sox camp to Jays camp in just over a week. He said had just finished up his physical Sunday for the Jays, who had claimed him on waivers from the Red Sox, who had claimed Fien from the Tigers, who had designated him for assignment to make room for Johnny Damon on their 40-man roster.

“I think I lead the league in physicals,” Fien joked.

The jokes were abundant, which at least shows Fien is able to make light of it. He was assigned a jersey number from the Red Sox, but never got to wear the jersey.

“I had a number. I had 84,” Fien said. “I’m 86 here.”

He still hasn’t had a chance to wear the jersey in a game yet, but as he pointed out, at least it was still in his locker when he showed up Sunday morning. That meant his time with the Jays had outlasted his time with the Red Sox, which he estimated was about 48 hours.

“It’s not like they even saw me throw a baseball,” Fien said.

There is no evidence that he was ever a member of the Red Sox. When he got into camp and unpacked his bag, he found some Red Sox caps at the bottom. He had no use for them, so he went out to the field and gave them away to some kids who were hanging around the fence looking for autographs.

“‘I’m happy here,” Fien said. “All the guys, they’ve welcomed me, talking to me. When I was with Boston, some of the coaches, it’s not like I didn’t feel welcome, but I didn’t even meet half of them. It was just awkward for me.”

He did get to meet manager Terry Francona. About 12 hours later, he was no longer Fien’s manager.

As dizzying as it was for Fien, who drove from Lakeland to Fort Myers to Dunedin, it was just about as rough on his family, who was following from home in California.

“I called my mom, and then my mom throws it on Facebook,” Fien said. “And then, all of a sudden, when it’s on Facebook, boom, I’m getting text messages: ‘Red Sox Nation, baby!’ So everyone knew, and then I got traded over to Toronto. Called my mom again, and then everyone’s texting: ‘Blue Jay Nation! Blue Jay Nation!’

Reliever swap

By now, you probably know that Freddy Dolsi was optioned to Toledo between games to make room for Eddie Bonine, who was called up to start the nightcap of the doubleheader. Bonine was optioned back to Toledo after the game as planned. Casey Fien, who was closing in Toledo, is coming back up.

Fien got off to a rough start with the Mud Hens this season, but did a very good job of learning on the job and not only throwing strikes, but locating them. He’s 2-1 with a 3.61 ERA and 51 strikeouts over 47 innings for the year. In his last 10 games, however, he allowed just two earned runs on seven hits over 15 1/3 innings, walking three and fanning 19.

By rule, Dolsi has to stay down for 10 days before he can be recalled, unless he’s replacing an injured player. In this case, though, I’m not sure it’s going to matter. If Fien pitches to his capabilities, he could be a useful extra reliever in Detroit.

Time to thin out the bullpen

Tigers sent out three relievers this morning. Taiwanese left-hander Fu-Te Ni and right-hander Casey Fien were assigned to Minor League camp. Righty Freddy Dolsi, meanwhile, was optioned to Triple-A Toledo, where Ni and Fien will probably join him in the Mud Hens bullpen.

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