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Barring a last-minute move — and remember, the Tigers were looking for more than a shortstop on the trade market this spring — the Tigers positional roster appears to be set, with Tyler Collins on it. And the last roster battle is down to the bullpen.
With Alex Gonzalez now on board as the starting shortstop, the other shoe fell in Tigers camp Tuesday, with the other two right-handed hitting shortstops sent out. Hernan Perez was optioned to Triple-A Toledo, while Danny Worth was assigned to minor-league camp. That leaves Detroit with 13 positional players still in camp.
In a procedural move, the Tigers purchased Gonzalez’s contract from the minors. He was in Orioles camp as a non-roster invite on a minor-league deal, and that contract was transferred over in Monday’s trade.
Brad Ausmus is not saying yet that the positional roster is set.
“We just don’t know,” he said. “There’s still time left in Spring Training.”
Ausmus stated the obvious and called Worth a “tough cut.” He also noted the problem he faced this spring: The Tigers were looking for an experienced shortstop once Jose Iglesias was out long-term, but the only way he can get experience is for somebody to give him a shot in a situation like this.
“He played well, swung the bat extremely well,” Ausmus said. “There’s a very good chance at some point we’ll see Danny Worth.”
Barring something unforeseen, he will not be seen in another organization. Worth was in camp as a non-roster invite, so the Tigers didn’t have to pass him through waivers in order to send him down.
Collins has kept his comments to guarded optimism, but he admitted that when Spring Training began, “I didn’t really think I had a chance.” He was coming off 21 home runs at Double-A Erie, but just a .240 average. He has made a major impression on a new coaching staff.
Ausmus seemed to hint that Rajai Davis will get the start in left field on Opening Day, noting that Royals starter James Shields fares better against left-handed hitters. Still, Collins appears in line to get some playing time. Then again, with roster cuts going on all over Florida and Arizona this week, it wouldn’t be a shock if the Tigers dealt for a left-handed hitting outfielder. Stay tuned.
The final roster move to set the Tigers roster was the move everyone was kind of expecting: Infielder Danny Worth will open the season at Triple-A Toledo.
The Tigers announced the move after Thursday’s loss to the Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Worth, who finished the game at third base, headed back on the team bus and will head over to minor-league camp on Friday.
Worth shuttled five different times between Detroit and Toledo last year alone, so no one knows better than him that this isn’t a long-term banishment. Still, the fact that the move was the last of camp, and it came at almost the very end, had to have hurt.
“It was a good conversation, because he’s such a respectful kid. It wasn’t a fun conversation,” manager Jim Leyland said. “I’m not going to elaborate, but I can tell you that in reality, we had 27 guy this year that we tried to fit on a 25-man squad, and we just couldn’t do it. Because he deserves to be on the team. But at this time, that did not work out. With [Quintin Berry] and Danny Worth, we had two guys that probably deserved to be on the team.
“He played great. He’s hitting better than I’ve ever seen him. He’s playing better than I’ve seen him. He looked like a big leaguer and he is a big leaguer, but that’s not much consolation for him today.”
Though Worth was initially thought to be in competition for the final spot on the 25-man roster, he stuck around on the chance of winning the utility infield spot held by Ramon Santiago for the past several years. Santiago signed a two-year contract before last season to fill it, but the Tigers were by all indications checking the market to see if there was trade interest. Santiago will make $2.1 million guaranteed this season, so the Tigers would’ve had to eat a bulk of that salary to facilitate a deal.
Much like last year’s Winter Meetings, when Santiago’s name first popped up in trade rumors, any interest was limited by the contract. Thus, Worth is a Mud Hen again.
The Tigers have placed second baseman Ryan Raburn on Major League Baseball’s bereavement list, the team announced on Tuesday.
No further details were given on the situation with Raburn and his family. By rule, he will miss the next three days before he’s eligible to rejoin the team, and can miss up to seven games while on the bereavement list. Thus, the earliest Raburn can return is Friday’s series opener at Minnesota.
To take Raburn’s place on the roster, the Tigers recalled infielder Danny Worth, who was optioned to Triple-A Toledo last Wednesday to make room for an extra reliever while Jose Valverde was sidelined over the weekend with a lower back strain. Under normal circumstances, the Tigers would’ve had to wait 10 days to recall Worth, who has played in 12 games during two different stints on the club. He’s 3-for-17 at the plate so far this season.
The Tigers weren’t in a position to leave Raburn on the active roster and go a position player short. Between Worth’s subtraction for an extra reliever and Austin Jackson’s abdominal strain that sidelined him last weekend, the Tigers have spent the last four games with just two position players available on their bench, one of them being backup catcher Gerald Laird.
Jackson remains listed as day-to-day, though there’s hope that the rest over Monday’s off-day might make the difference to get him back on the field for tonight’s series opener against the Indians at Progressive Field.
Jim Leyland’s answer to the question of how he’ll handle third base while Miguel Cabrera is out lasted five words.
“I’ve got plenty of coverage,” he said Tuesday morning.
That he does. Between Danny Worth, Don Kelly, Audy Ciriaco and yes, Brandon Inge, Leyland has no shortage of guys who can play over there this spring. Who he plays will likely say a lot about how long the Tigers expect Cabrera to be out.
Inge has had a ton of playing time at second base this season to try to get him acclimated, with surprisingly good results. The Tigers and Leyland have made it abundantly clear that Cabrera is the third baseman now, a message that has grown stronger as Spring Training has unfolded and Cabrera has more than held his own at the hot corner. It would seem unlikely the Tigers will move Inge back to third unless they have to — in other words, if they have a reason to believe that Cabrera would miss time at the start of the season.
If they had to make an adjustment on the fly, they could get Inge ready at third with very little lead-in time. As Leyland said early this spring, Inge could play third in his sleep. So the idea of Inge needing time as an insurance policy doesn’t really hold in this situation.
So while Cabrera is out, the biggest impact could be on Kelly, getting more time at third to fill Grapefruit League innings and more at-bats to get himself ready, as well as Worth, who has been trying to make his case as an extra infielder for some time now. It also could keep Ciriaco in camp a little longer, continuing what has been a decent spring for him.
What we learned: While Ryan Raburn and Delmon Young have been belting balls all spring, the common refrain has been that they’ve been feasting on early spring pitching, when hurlers are usually focusing on their fastballs and rarely mixing in their good secondary pitches. Raburn’s sixth home run of the spring came on a breaking ball from Jair Jurrjens, whose rough spring continued. Young’s ball came on a pitch with more velocity on it.
Either way, their hitting is starting to outgrow the early spring training phrase.
“I don’t know how to explain it. It just seems like Delmon and Raburn get a good pitch to hit, they hit it pretty hard and a lot of times pretty far,” Leyland said. “But I don’t really know how to explain it.”
Hey, it’s only spring training: Justin Verlander said Tuesday was his first real jam in which he had the situation to try to gear up his fastball. He got it up to 96 mph on the radar gun at Joker Marchant Stadium, maybe another tick on other scouting guns.
“The velocity was getting up there, and that’s the first time it’s done that,” Verlander said. “A little harder to control for me, but the more I do it, the better it’ll get.”
At some point, that fastball will gear up to the upper 90s. It’s not there yet, but that’s not something he’s trying to get there at this point in the spring.
The highlight play you saw: Not really a highlight, but you saw a lot of the Lakeland grounds crew working on the mound. Both Verlander and Jurrjens pointed around their landing spots on the front of the dirt.
“It caused a little bit of issues,” Verlander said. “I felt like that might have led to some of the walks. A couple walks, I was slipping a little bit. Obviously, it was a bit more of a problem for Jair than it was for myself.”
At one point between innings, they were both around the mound looking at the trouble spot.
“I was telling him he was doing it, and he was telling me I was doing it, creating that big old hole,” Verlander said. “But I don’t create much of a hole when I pitch, if any of a hole. That’s what I was telling him. … It was weird, because I think them fixing it might have caused more a problem for him, because then his original hole wasn’t there anymore. That’s when he started slipping, I think.”
Up next: With the Tigers scheduled for their lone off-day of the spring on Thursday, they juggled their rotation a bit for Wednesday. Andy Oliver moves up a day to make the start against the Twins at 1:05pm at Marchant Stadium, putting him in a pretty good test that also happens to be the first broadcast of the spring for Fox Sports Detroit. Rick Porcello will pitch in a minor-league game earlier.
To-do list for Wednesday: Stretch out Oliver and get a look at how Twins hitters react to him the second and, maybe in a couple cases, third time into the order. He probably won’t get deep into a third turn, not with a pitch limit around 75 or so, but guys will get a chance to adjust from their first at-bats.
The last of the September call-ups has arrived, with Danny Worth now eligible to return from Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers recalled him on Tuesday, adding the versatile, sure-handed infielder for the playoff chase.
Worth’s numbers with the Tigers, including a .300 average (9-for-30), two doubles and three RBIs, look more productive than his season on the whole with the Mud Hens. However, he finished strong in Toledo, batting .415 (17-for-41) with nine RBIs to finish up with a .256 average on the year.
Also joining the Tigers from Toledo will be Hens manager Phil Nevin, who will serve as an extra coach, and athletic trainer Matt Rankin.
The question about Brandon Inge’s return from the disabled list (as mentioned in last post) didn’t last long. The Tigers announced this morning that Inge is being recalled from his minor-league rehab assignment and activated from the 15-day DL today. Danny Worth is optioned to Triple-A Toledo to make roster room.
There had been some question whether Inge might get in one more game with the Mud Hens to get ready for his return. And while Jim Leyland said Wednesday he assumed something would happen with Inge in the near future, there was nothing more announced before the Tigers headed back east Wednesday night. Today’s move means Inge will not rehab with the Hens tonight.
No news about Inge’s role accompanied the transaction. Leyland said Wednesday he has a plan with Inge, and that team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski is believed to be on board, but cautioned that it wasn’t final yet.
The latest round of Tigers cuts came this morning, and it included two pretty big surprises. Scott Sizemore and Robbie Weinhardt are headed to Triple-A Toledo, along with Clete Thomas. Fu-Te Ni and Max St. Pierre were assigned to minor league camp. The moves whittle Detroit’s roster to 28 players, with three more moves needing to be made by the time the Tigers break camp next Tuesday.
If it sounds like nothing new has come out on Carlos
Guillen’s comeback the last few days, there’s a reason: His surgically repaired
left knee is sore, which has put his work on hold. The knee has been sore the
last few days, according to manager Jim Leyland, and head athletic trainer
Kevin Rand said he’s getting treatment today.
You might remember Guillen saying Friday he’ll know by the
end of this week if he has a chance at making Opening Day. Leyland wasn’t
outright ruling it out yet, but he’s choosing his words carefully.
“I would say the clock’s ticking,” Leyland said
First reaction would probably not be surprise, given his
injury history the last few days and the microfracture surgery he had last
September. But considering how well he was progressing for the first half of
camp, there were serious hopes he could be ready.
“There was one point where I thought he had a good
chance to be the Opening Day second baseman,” Leyland said.
Now, the second base competition pretty much has full
clearance to be a fight for the Opening Day spot. Will Rhymes starts against the
Nationals today; Scott Sizemore was on the trip to Sarasota to face the Orioles
yesterday. Danny Worth is also solidly in the mix.