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Schlereth update: Hamstring feeling better

Talked this morning with Daniel Schlereth. He’s still limping around after straining his left hamstring yesterday, but he isn’t quite as bad as feared.

“I expected it to be a lot more sore today, but it’s not,” he said. “I rode the bike today and it felt OK.”

Schlereth isn’t sure when he’ll be able to pitch again, since he hasn’t deal with an injury like this before. But it sounds like it should be a minor road block in his spring.

Schlereth leaves with left hamstring strain

The Tigers have had their fair share of news this spring, but at least they had their health. That changed on Monday when Daniel Schlereth strained his left hamstring trying to cover first base.

Schlereth believes the injury is “very minor” and expects to be throwing again by next week. But initially, it didn’t look so minor as he limped down the right-field line towards the Tigers clubhouse with help from head athletic trainer Kevin Rand.

“I’ve never had any injuries like this,” Schlereth said afterwards. “I hurt my arm before, but that’s really the only thing I know about something injured. I just was going to cover first base and [Ryan] Strieby peeled off. I was going towards the bag and I think he was going to take it at the last second. I was sprinting and I pulled up, and my left hamstring popped a little bit.”

Schlereth will be re-evaluated Tuesday morning. Because it’s the leg with which Schlereth pushes off in his delivery, and not his landing leg, he doesn’t believe it’ll be a nagging injury for him. And missing a week or so shouldn’t cost him terribly much this early in camp, with four weeks left before camp breaks.

“At least it’s in the beginning of spring,” he said. “We’re not going to the Bronx next week.”

Tigers recall Schlereth, option Frazier

The Tigers’ injury-shortened, workload-extended bullpen will be getting some help for the team’s four-game series at Yankee Stadium. Detroit recalled left-hander Daniel Schlereth from Triple-A Toledo and optioned outfielder Jeff Frazier back to the Mud Hens.

Schlereth is expected to rejoin the Tigers Monday in New York, the team may or may not have closer Jose Valverde available depending on his mild abdominal strain. They also will have to watch Phil Coke after he closed out the Tigers’ last two wins against the White Sox.

Schlereth, part of the return package from Arizona in last December’s Edwin Jackson trade,  pitched in four games for the Tigers during his two-week stint in Detroit last month. The 24-year-old and former first-round draft pick gave up an earned run and two inherited runners on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings with two walks and a strikeout.

The Tigers called up Frazier when they were in need of offensive punch at the end of July, but had used him sparingly at best in recent days. He went 5-for-22 with a double, an RBI and five strikeouts in eight appearances.

Schlereth coming to Detroit

The Tigers will promote Daniel Schlereth from Triple-A Toledo on Friday to take the bullpen spot previous held by Fu-Te Ni. Word of the move went down after the Mud Hens’ loss to Gwinnett Friday night.
The move makes sense on a few different levels, the most basic being the lefty-for-lefty swap. But Schlereth is more of a high-strikeout lefty; his ratio of 11.57 strikeouts per nine innings ranked fourth among International League pitchers. His walk totals don’t look good for the season, but he has been notably stingy with the bases on balls lately.
Schlereth is 1-2 with a 2.83 ERA in 28 games, walking 26 and striking out 45 over his 35 innings of work. He has been pretty stingy against left-handed hitters (.220 average) and righties (.232) alike. His last five outings have been really strong: 4 2/3 innings, two hits, no walks and four strikeouts — after walking seven in four outings before that. His recent run includes back-to-back solid outings against a strong Indianapolis ballclub earlier this week.
So while his walk totals have been high, give him credit for this: Schlereth can get outs in the strike zone, which is what Jim Leyland wants to see from his relievers. Opponents are hitting just .186 off him for the month.
It’ll be interesting to see how Schlereth is used alongside fellow lefty relievers Phil Coke and Brad Thomas, and what Ryan Perry’s eventual return means for Schlereth. Leyland took responsibility yesterday for misusing Ni compared with last year. Ni had essentially become an innings-filler in some games in recent weeks. But if Coke assumes more of a universal setup role with Joel Zumaya out and Perry still in Toledo, it isn’t difficult to see Schlereth getting some one- or two-batter situations. The Tigers wanted him pitching long in Toledo to start the season, but he’s been more of a single-inning guy lately.

Leyland wants Bonderman to throw more splits

Yes, you’ve probably heard this before, but this time Jim Leyland has basically told Jeremy Bonderman that he needs the splitter as a third pitch if he’s going to be an effective pitcher.

“I talked to Bondo last night,” Leyland said Saturday morning. “With the equipment he has right now. I think he needs to become a three-pitch pitcher. He can’t pitch like he did before, throwing 95, 94 [mph]. He needs to use the three pitches to be effective. I think he can do that.”

That makes a difference how? Consider Bonderman’s comments after his first outing of the spring against the Blue Jays:

“I’ve got to throw it,” Bonderman said on March 3. “If I want to be any good,
I’ve got to take risks. I’m not going to go out there and just use what
I know works all the time. To be successful and have a full year, I
want that other pitch. If someone beats me out for the fifth spot,
fourth spot, whatever it is, then good for them.”

Now here are his comments four days later, after he was knocked out in the second inning:

“I don’t have a job,” Bonderman said. “Shoot, there’s five guys fighting for two jobs, maybe six guys. I don’t know exactly, but there’s enough guys fighting for them. [There's] nothing in stone that it’s my spot. Until [Leyland] comes up to me and says, ‘It’s your job,’ I don’t think I have a job. Just because you’re under contract doesn’t mean anything. I haven’t played in two years. I just need to get more consistent and get ahead in the count.”

Now, if Bonderman is feeling like he has to get ahead in counts and fight for a job, how much is he going to focus on working on a third pitch?

That’s where Leyland’s remarks make a difference. Ideally, they’re reassurance.

“I think guys are trying what they think is their best shot to make the team,” Leyland said Saturday morning.

Other items of interest from Saturday:

  • If Ramon Santiago looked a little faster running out his triple on Saturday, there’s a reason. He spent a good amount of time in the offseason doing workouts designed to help his quickness, including instruction from a former Cuban track and field coach now living in the Dominican. He also has worked with new coach Tom Brookens on how to hit the bases on the inside and get around quicker. He thinks he can steal some bases if the team asks him, but more important, he feels he can go from first to third on more hits to set up easy RBI chances.
  • Leyland reiterated what he has said about young lefty Daniel Schlereth so far: Good stuff, but a little inconsistent. Then he added this: A person he respects from another organization said he felt Schlereth had the best left-hander he saw all year in 2009. Wouldn’t say who it was.
  • Robbie Weinhardt is still in camp, albeit a long shot by Leyland’s admission to make the roster. Still, Leyland believes he isn’t far off. “He’s a good breaking ball from being a Major League pitcher right now,” Leyland said. “He has a true big-time sinker, but he needs to do more with his breaking ball.”
  • Today was a quick day back at work after being off Thursday and Friday. I’ll be off again Sunday. Always fun to get a break hanging out and watching March Madness. It’s one of those few sporting events where you can talk about a banker, an IT guy and a garbageman walking into a sports bar and not have it be the start of a joke.

Seay definitely out, set to have MRI

Bobby Seay had a setback in his bullpen session Saturday morning and will have another MRI exam on his ailing left shoulder.

Seay said he will have the exam in the next couple days was expected to have the exam Saturday and have the results checked out by a few specialists, including orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Seay had an MRI last month after he was first shut down from throwing, but results showed no structural damage.

Manager Jim Leyland said Saturday it’s a certainty that Seay will begin the season on the disabled list.

The news was somewhat better on fellow Tigers reliever Zach Miner, whose MRI results came back negative. He has been diagnosed with a muscle strain around his elbow and hopes rest and treatment will allow him to start throwing again in the coming days.

Miner is still hopeful he can be ready for Opening Day. Leyland indicated he isn’t sure.

Seay was originally diagnosed with bursitis in his upper left arm and tendinitis in the shoulder. He had started throwing last week and began throwing off a mound earlier in the week. His latest attempt, though, stopped before it started.

“Throwing in the bullpen today, I couldn’t get my arm in a throwing position,” Seay said.

That was the indication that it was time for another look in the elbow. His next exam will include a dye injection in the elbow to give a more detailed view.

Seay just wants to know. He’s been dealing with discomfort since he started his throwing program in January, and he wants to get it healthy rather than make it worse.

“At this point, I’m just fed up with the pain associated with trying to get loose and feelings in my arm I shouldn’t be having,” he said. “Whether it’s major or minor, I have to get some peace of mind to know what’s going on.”

With Seay out, the Tigers go from having a potential surplus of left-handed relievers to trying to fill in without their veteran lefty specialist. Phil Coke is all but certain to be part of the group, having been taken out of consideration for a starting role a couple weeks ago. Sidearmer Fu-Te Ni was a valuable reliever down the stretch last year after a midseason call-up. Offseason signing Brad Thomas has had success this spring. Daniel Schlereth is a valuable relief prospect after coming over from Arizona in the Edwin Jackson trade, but he has had his share of spring struggles.

Tigers all over the place in prospect rankings

So as you might have seen on the site or on MLB Network last night, MLB.com came out with its preseason Top 50 prospect list. The Tigers came in with two kids on the list: Austin Jackson was the top Tiger at 38th, but first-round draft pick Jacob Turner isn’t far behind at 42.

Today, ESPN.com’s Keith Law came out with his top 100 prospects list. Jackson and Turner are on that list, too, but neither cracked the Top 50. Casey Crosby, however, did. He’s at 45, with Jackson at 70 and Turner at 80. Interestingly, Law is subdued on his projections for Jackson, whom he sees as a true center field with a league-average bat. Scott Sizemore barely missed the top 100, Law writes, and probably would’ve made the cut had his Arizona Fall League not ended early with a broken ankle. Law projects him as a “solid-average regular for several years.”

Not to be overlooked (thanks to Ed Price for pointing it out) is the prospects list from AOL Fanhouse, which has five (count ‘em, five) Tigers in the Top 100. Jackson is 25th on that list by Frankie Piliere, who says Jackson has “grown by leaps and bounds since he was drafted.” The next-highest Tiger is Andy Oliver, who didn’t make the other two lists but hits 47th here. Another missing name from the other two rankings, Daniel Schlereth, is 78th, followed by Crosby at 82 and Turner at 90.

My point isn’t to argue that any one list is better than another; I just find the varying opinions fascinating. I’m entering my ninth year on this beat, and I can’t remember such varying national opinions on Tigers prospects. The one thing all these lists have in common is that they show progress in Detroit’s farm system. They’re drafting and developing more high-level talent rather than just one or two really good pitchers, and in the case of Jackson and Schlereth, they’re trading for them too.

Granderson/Jackson trade is official

It's a done deal: the Tigers have sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees and Edwin Jackson to the Diamondbacks in exchange for Max Scherzer, Daniel Schlereth, Austin Jackson and Phil Coke. The three GMs are scheduled to have a news conference at 4:30 pm. Look for that on MLB.com if you're not by a TV.

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