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Fossum joins Mets on Minor League deal

fossum.jpgCasey Fossum, who ended up becoming the second lefty in the Tigers bullpen last summer, has agreed to a Minor League contract with the Mets, according to the Buffalo News. The 31-year-old was cut out of Spring Training with the Pirates last year before signing with Detroit soon after the Tigers released Tim Byrdak. Fossum went 3-1 with a 5.66 ERA in 31 appearances, allowing a .243 batting average to left-handed hitters but giving up a .310 average and .920 OPS against right-handed batters.

Why the scoop out of Buffalo? Fossum would presumably join the Triple-A Bisons, the new Mets affiliate after years with Cleveland, unless he makes the Mets roster out of camp.

Thames in at DH, batting third

By now, no doubt, you have the news on Francisco Cruceta’s designation. Casey Fossum is expected here sometime this evening, possibly by game time, but with the piggyback start going tonight it’s unlikely he’ll be needed. GM Dave Dombrowski apparently made the decision on the move this morning in the wake of last night’s loss.

Somebody asked who will set up. For the most part, Leyland said, Zach Miner will be working the eighth inning. That could be different for the rest of this series because of Oakland’s left-handed bats, but that’s the plan going forward until/unless Rodney, Zumaya and Bautista return.

As for the lineup, Marcus Thames returns not in RF but at DH, with Jeff Larish getting the night off against lefty Dana Eveland. Interesting, Thames is batting third, with Guillen moved down to sixth. Granderson is again starting against a left-hander.

Brandon Inge again is only expected to be available as a defensive replacement in the late innings. Leyland does not want to take a chance on having Inge hit and aggravate his left oblique pull into something that could require a DL stint.

As for the great piggyback start experiment, look for Willis to go about four innings, with Armando Galarraga going four or five from there. If the Tigers are leading in a situation that would warrant a closer, Todd Jones will pitch the ninth.

TIGERS (24-33)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Thames, DH
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Guillen, 3B
  7. Renteria, SS
  8. Rodriguez, C
  9. Raburn, LF

A’s (31-27)

  1. Mark Ellis, 2B
  2. Bobby Crosby, SS
  3. Jack Cust, DH
  4. Eric Chavez, 3B
  5. Emil Brown, LF
  6. Travis Buck, RF
  7. Daric Barton, 1B
  8. Carlos Gonzalez, CF
  9. Kurt Suzuki, C