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A tip of the cap to Mike Hessman

hessman.jpgMike Hessman was a Toledo Mud Hen for five years. He joined the club back when they had a prospect named Curtis Granderson in center field, a slugger named Marcus Thames and a first-base mix of Chris Shelton and Carlos Pena.

Now, Hessman is a free agent at long last, and it appears his time as a Mud Hen is over.

Baseball America’s full list of minor league free agents is out, and while the Tigers don’t have a lot of them, they include some familiar faces. Brent Clevlen is one, and with a full outfield of prospects ready to come up from Double-A Erie, Clevlen’s Toledo tenure is likely at an end as well. He spent three years with the Hens, but could never quite seem to strike the balance between hitting for contact and hitting for power.

Macay McBride is also a free agent, though his baseball future seems to be in question. His injuries haven’t allowed him to pitch in a game since he left the Mud Hens season opener in 2008 after one inning.

But make no mistake, the biggest name heading out of Toledo is Hessman, whose 140 home runs as a Mud Hens are easily a franchise record. By comparison, nobody in Detroit this year has that many homers as a Tiger. He’s a familar, welcome face for many fans at Fifth Third Field, and he’ll be missed.

hessman2.jpgStill, this is a bittersweet parting, because it finally gives Hessman the chance to find a better opportunity elsewhere. There was talk last winter of an opportunity to play in Japan, but with Hessman on Detroit’s 40-man roster, that wasn’t going to happen. No idea whether that’s still a possibility, but if it is, it can be a lucrative one. Many Triple-A veterans make more money playing overseas or in Mexico.

If Hessman ends up staying in the States, he can look for an organization that might give him a better chance at a call-up to the Majors, even in just a spot role. He didn’t get any time in Detroit this year after the Tigers outrighted him out of spring training.

Hoping for the best for him. He’s a good guy and he deserves to see what opportunities he can get. Whatever happens, it’ll be odd going to Toledo and not seeing him there.

Here’s the full list of Tigers minor league free agents:

RHPs Nate Bump, Ruddy Lugo, Patrick Stanley
LHPs Ryan Ketchner, Macay McBride, Kris Regas, Jason Waddell
C Dane Sardinha
IF Mike Hessman
OFs Brent Clevlen, Jeramy Laster, Maiko Loyola

Tigers to call up Dolsi

Freddy Dolsi will get another shot at the big leagues beginning Tuesday, when the Tigers recall the right-hander from Triple-A Toledo. The team announced the move Monday as the follow-up to Sunday’s postgame move that optioned Ryan Perry to the Mud Hens.

The 26-year-old Dolsi is 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA and four saves in 24 appearances with the Hens this year, but has seemingly found his game in June after opponents batted .409 against him in May. Since the start of this month, he has allowed two runs on eight hits over 10 2/3 innings and converted three saves.

Dolsi made 42 appearances for the Tigers last year with a 1-5 record and two saves to go with a 3.97 ERA over 47 2/3 innings. He made an early impression with the club after arriving in May, but fell into command struggles, evidenced by his 28 walks.

UPDATE: Also on Saturday, the Tigers outrighted the contract of catcher Dane Sardinha to Toledo. Detroit designated Sardinha for assignment after Friday’s game, replacing him at backup catcher with prospect Dusty Ryan.

Sardinha day-to-day

Dane Sardinha was slated to have x-rays on his injured right ring finger tonight to make sure there’s no fracture. They don’t believe that there is. The expected diagnosis is that he has a sprain.

Sardinha injured his finger on a pitch in the dirt Thursday against the Twins and had to leave the game because he couldn’t throw. He was optmistic it wouldn’t be a major injury when he could feel it loosening up after the game, but he said Friday that it was worse.

If it keeps him out a few days, the Tigers can get by with Brandon Inge backing up Gerald Laird, and Ryan Raburn as an emergency catcher. Any lengthy absence, however, could put the Tigers in a bind.

No personal catcher for Verlander

Dane Sardinha has caught Justin Verlander’s last two starts, both of them gems, and gotten rave reviews both times. Still, don’t expect Sardinha to become Verlander’s personal catcher, starting every time he takes the mound.

It’s not meant as an offense. Leyland called him “a heckuva catcher.” It’s just that Leyland doesn’t do the personal catcher thing.

“I won’t do that,” Leyland said. “It’s been done. It’s been successfully done. There’s nothing wrong with it, in my opinion. But there’s nothing good that can come out of it sometimes. I know that there’s issues going on with that right now in baseball, and I don’t think it’s good.”

Treanor's season likely over

Catcher Matt Treanor underwent right hip surgery as expected on Thursday, a procedure that is now expected to cost him the rest of the season according to the team.

Dr. Bryan Kelly performed the operation at the Center for Special Surgery in New York, removing a bone spur that was causing him inflammation. Treanor indicated earlier in the week that he hoped to be back in two to three months, but the surgery was apparently a little more extensive.

If this is it, Treanor’s season ends with an 0-for-13 line at the plate in four games. He was also the catcher for Rick Porcello’s Major League debut. The Tigers signed the 33-year-old to a one-year, $750,000 contract in December after the Marlins non-tendered him.

At this point, the loss is not expected to change the Tigers’ plans at the backup catcher spot, where veteran Minor Leaguer Dane Sardinha has taken Treanor’s place. Sardinha will never be known for his offense, but he has earned a reputation for working well with pitchers.

Sardinha clears waivers

He has been outrighted to Triple-A Toledo.