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Perez optioned, Worth sent to minor-league camp

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.

Worth optioned to Toledo, Tigers roster set

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.

Raburn to bereavement list, Worth called up

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.

Game 18: What’s next for Tigers at third base

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.

Tigers call up Danny Worth

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.

Inge reinstated from DL, Worth optioned

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.

Sizemore, Weinhardt among Tigers cuts

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.

Until this past weekend, Sizemore seemed to be in a very good position to open the season at second base, though his batting average had dropped in recent days in .237 (9-for-37). Not only had he not started in the past three days, he had only one plate appearance in that stretch.
His return to Toledo for a third year as a Mud Hen came as Will Rhymes won the leaves Danny Worth and Will Rhymes as the two main contestants left in the battle for second base. Danny Worth remains in contention for an infield spot if the Tigers decide to keep another utilityman alongside Don Kelly and Ramon Santiago, rather than another extra outfielder.
Weinhardt, meanwhile, seemingly stood on solid ground to take one of the two or three openings in the bullpen as a right-handed ground ball specialist, having pitched in nine games this spring. But he also had three outings in which he gave up a run on two hits in an inning. His return to Toledo, and Brayan Villarreal’s standing in camp, makes Villarreal’s bid for a long relief look even better.
Villarreal and Enrique Gonzalez are the two right-handed pitchers left in camp without a roster spot assured. Lefty relief, meanwhile, appears to be down to Daniel Schlereth and Adam Wilk, with Brad Thomas looking all but set to break camp with the big club along with Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit and Ryan Perry. The Tigers could take both Schlereth and Wilk along with Villarreal and give themselves three lefties and another long man in their bullpen.
Ni made a good early impression in camp, looking physically stronger with better command. He allowed a run on four hits in 10 innings, but he also walked five, including two in one inning last Friday against the Red Sox.
Thomas’ camp was a victory of health, having shown no problems in his return from microfracture knee sugery. But he faced an uphill battle to try to win one of the two outfield spots left to be decided. Brennan Boesch, Andy Dirks and Casper Wells remain in contention for those jobs, with Wells’ position looking more secure as a right-handed hitter.
Both Boesch and Dirks bat left-handed, which put the left-handed hitting Thomas in a logjam of sorts. Thomas went 12-for-42 (.286) at the plate, but just two of his hits went for extra bases. 

Guillen has sore knee, comeback on hold

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
Monday morning.

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.

Leyland: Guillen in mix at second base

The Tigers haven’t quite come up with a set definition of Carlos Guillen’s role so far this offseason, partly because of the injury concerns coming off knee surgery. It becomes a bigger issue now that Victor Martinez will be getting the bulk of the at-bats at DH.
On Tuesday, however, manager Jim Leyland confirmed what many have suspected for a while: If Guillen is healthy, he’s going to be in the mix at second base.
“Nobody’s talking about Carlos Guillen,” Leyland said on the Tiger Talk radio show Tuesday night. “I think that’s a big key. I said that last year. If you get Carlos Guillen close to what he was, particularly offensive, he can be a big key at that position. He’s going to be involved in that mix for sure.
Leyland was the guest on the season premiere of the Tiger Talk show Tuesday night. You can grab the link to the show archive here or listen live to the weekly program. 
Leyland talked with Tigers radio voice Dan Dickerson and Pat Caputo about the Tigers offseason so far, but some of his best remarks were about current players and where they fit in. That includes Guillen, whose season-ending knee injury from a Brett Gardner slide in August put his role in question, mainly with the question of whether he’ll be ready for the start of next season. That’s looking a little more likely now.
At season’s end, Leyland and team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski raised the idea of Guillen rotating positions next season, getting at-bats around the infield and maybe one of the corner outfield spots. But it was clear that as long as Guillen’s health was a question mark, the Tigers had to look at their options at second base.
They still have those options — Scott Sizemore and Will Rhymes are heading into their sophomore seasons, while Danny Worth is expected back from his foot issues — but they also have Guillen.
“Danny Worth is the best defender of that group,” Leyland said. “Rhymes showed us a spark. Sizemore looked much better when he came back. and like I said, Carlos Guillen is still a wild card.”

Tigers activate Inge from disabled list

After two weeks of surviving without key bats in the lineup, the Tigers finally get somebody back. They activated Brandon Inge from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, the first day he was eligible after fracturing his left hand on July 19.
Inge is expected to be in Detroit’s starting lineup at third base Wednesday night against the White Sox at Comerica Park. Jhonny Peralta, the third baseman the Tigers acquired from Cleveland last week to fill in for Inge, could shift over to shortstop or designated hitter.
To make room for Inge on the 25-man roster, the Tigers placed infielder Danny Worth on the 15-day DL with a bruised left heel, an injury he suffered over the weekend but tried to play through.
The move brings back not only a right-handed power bat to the Tigers lineup, but also a key presence on the team. While the Tigers have frequently been starting at least three rookies every night as they try to overcome injuries to Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen, Inge is the longest-tenured Tiger on the team, dating back to 2001. 
His return comes about two weeks earlier than the initial timetable of 4-6 weeks that doctors gave him after he took a Scott Feldman pitch off his hand. Even the optimistic projections, taking into account the fact that Inge would want to be back sooner than expected, had him missing three weeks.
When team doctors checked out Inge’s hand and the fractured fifth metacarpal, however, they found no reason why he couldn’t play ball right now if he was willing to play through pain — if he had any.
“He said he had no soreness whatever,” manager Jim Leyland said Tuesday night. “It’s hard to believe, but they said originally — nobody wanted to mention anything about it — that it could be quite a bit quicker. But they didn’t want to get into that, because it’s normally what it is. But from what I understood, the doctors said it’s healed over extremely well, the calcium’s built up. He would have no more chance of hurting that bone that he would any other bone in his body, if he played.”
Once Inge received that clearance, he began taking batting practice on Monday and said he didn’t feel any pain in his hand. After another round of batting practice Tuesday morning, this time with the team, he received clearance to begin a rehab assignment with low A Class West Michigan.
Inge hit two doubles and drove in a run over his five at-bats. After that, Inge was ready to head back to Detroit.
He returns hoping to reignite the hitting tear he enjoyed in early July. He went 12-for-24 with four doubles, a triple and nine RBIs over a six-game stretch against the Mariners and Orioles before going 0-for-9 against the Twins leading into the break. He went 3-for-13 with an RBI in four games after the All-Star break before breaking his hand.
For the season, Inge is batting .263 with six homers and 40 RBIs.