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Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martinez went 2-for-4 with his 27th homer of the year in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox.
Impact: Martinez got to Chris Sale once again, blasting a solo homer off him in the first inning, and is now batting .419 (14-for-31) with three homers over his last seven games.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scherzer was charged with six runs (five earned) on nine hits, with 11 strikeouts versus zero walks over 6.2 innings, in a loss to the White Sox in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader.
Impact: The reigning AL Cy Young winner has now given up 12 earned runs in his last three outings (18.2 innings), raising his ERA close to 30 points over that span (from 2.98 to 3.26). Scherzer's still missing bats at a good clip, but he may have a hard time getting back on track in his next scheduled start, next Thursday at Cleveland. The Indians have gotten to Scherzer for 10 earned runs on 24 hits in 18.2 innings so far this season (three starts).
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Castellanos is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox.
Impact: Don Kelly will make his 12th start of the year at third base, as Castellanos sits for the first time since Aug. 12. The 22-year-old Castellanos went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and a walk in Game 1.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hunter is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the White Sox.
Impact: Nothing to see here, as Hunter played in Game 1 and manager Brad Ausmus presumably just doesn't want to overexert the 39-year-old. J.D. Martinez will occupy right field in his absence.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Soria (oblique) is scheduled to throw again off flat ground Saturday, MLive.com's Chris Iott reports.
Impact: Soria is coming along more slowly than anticipated, as the team hoped to have him back when first eligible on Aug. 25. He's still a couple steps away from returning, and his target date is unclear at this point.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller was designated for assignment Saturday to create space for Kyle Ryan on the 40-man roster.
Impact: Miller's hopes of playing in the majors this season appear to be over after being removed from the 40-man roster, despite his 1.81 ERA and 0.95 WHIP at the Triple-A level.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Avila isn't in the lineup for Game 1 of the doubleheader against the White Sox.
Impact: Avila will get the day game off Saturday, allowing Bryan Holaday to get the start behind the plate for the first game. Expect Avila to be back in there for the second game, however.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martinez went 3-for-5 with a double and one run scored in Friday's victory over the White Sox.
Impact: Martinez continues his roll at the dish, as the 27-year-old outfielder is now batting .480 (12-for-25) with four multi-hit efforts during his last six games. With 17 homers, 26 doubles, and an outstanding .908 OPS over 94 games, it's now completely safe to call 2014 a breakout campaign for Martinez.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Verlander worked seven solid innings, allowing just one run on nine hits and two walks while piling up eight strikeouts in Friday's 7-1 win over the White Sox.
Impact: Verlander surrendered a run in the bottom of the first but followed up with six straight scoreless frames en route to his 12th victory of the campaign. In his best performance of the second half, the 2011 AL Cy Young winner surrendered less than two runs in an outing for just the second time this season and first since Apr. 17. Verlander will attempt to build off this effort Wednesday versus the Indians.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | STATS
News: The Detroit Tigers have promoted right-hander Evan Reed from Triple-A Toledo after a judge dismissed rape charges against the pitcher last week.
Impact: The Tigers brought Reed back to the majors before they opened a series at the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Right-hander Jose Ortego was designated for assignment to create a spot on the 40-man roster. Reed, 28, was facing third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges before a judge said Aug. 21 that the testimony of the woman who accused him wasn't credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the White Sox.
Impact: Davis will get a day off after starting the last five games. Ezequiel Carrera will get the start in center field in Davis' place.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ortega has been designated for assignment by the Tigers.
Impact: The move frees up a 40-man roster spot for Evan Reed. Ortega will stay at Triple-A Toledo if he passes through waivers, but being without a 40-man roster spot, his chances of getting called up in September are now slim.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reed's contract was purchased from Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.
Impact: Reed has spent most of this season under a negative spotlight due to a pair of sexual assault charges stemming from a March 30 incident, but a judge ended up dismissing the criminal case last week. He'll rejoin the Tigers after providing a 4.24 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 23.1 innings at Toledo.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coke picked up the win Thursday by recording the final out of the ninth inning, then being the beneficiary of a walk-off in the home half of the frame against the Yankees.
Impact: Coke gave up a single before striking out Brian McCann on four pitches. Still, he hasn't been very useful for fantasy, with a 4.17 ERA and 1.45 WHIP on the season.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Putkonen (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment at Low-A West Michigan on Thursday, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.
Impact: With a couple clean performances with West Michigan, Putknonen could put himself on track for an activation on Sept. 1, when rosters expand. Even in Detroit's leaky bullpen, Petkonen isn't expected to see many high-leverage innings down the stretch.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hunter is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's afternoon tilt versus the Yankees.
Impact: Not much to see here, as Hunter appears to just be receiving a routine day off. Don Kelly will get the start for the Tigers in left field while J.D. Martinez slides over to right. Hunter has been red hot at the plate recently, sporting a .350/.395/.475 slash during his current nine-game hitting streak. The veteran outfielder should return to the lineup for Friday's series opener against the White Sox.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | STATS
News: Price allowed nine consecutive hits to the New York Yankees in the third inning before being pulled Wednesday night, a stunning outing for the left-hander who had thrown a one-hitter in his previous start.
Impact: The Yankees scored eight runs in the inning, all charged to Price. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York's leadoff hitter, was also batting first in the third - so the Yankees went all the way through their batting order, with each batter adding a hit before reliever Blaine Hardy replaced Price and retired the first man he faced.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price allowed eight runs on 12 hits over two innings in a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.
Impact: The eight runs allowed matched his total from his first four starts with the Tigers combined. In addition to the ratio damage, the poor outing Wednesday put even more strain on the heavily worked Detroit bullpen Wednesday. Price will make two starts next week, first in Cleveland on Monday before a home start against the Giants on September 6.
Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dr. James Andrews examined Sanchez on Wednesday and confirmed his diagnosis of a pectoral strain, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Sanchez was forced to cut his bullpen session short after just one pitch Tuesday, with the stabbing pain in his pectoral muscle too severe to press on. The Tigers opted to send Sanchez for a second opinion to gauge the true severity of the issue, and while the injury has been confirmed as a strain, there is still no timetable for the right-hander to return to the club. His season is very much in jeopardy, but the team is still holding out hope that he can contribute before the end of September.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cabrera (ankle) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Yankees.
Impact: Cabrera aggravated his right ankle last Thursday but didn't sit out until Sunday, which afforded him two days off due to Monday's scheduled off day. He'll attempt to extend his six-game hitting streak, during which he hit .304 (7-for-23) with three RBI, four runs and five walks versus two strikeouts.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Porcello improved to 15-8 on Tuesday, tossing eight innings of nine-hit, two-run ball while not issuing a walk and striking out two against the Yankees.
Impact: Strangely enough, both runs came on a pair of solo homers from Jacoby Ellsbury. The sixth-year big leaguer has been great this season, posting a 3.06 ERA and 1.12 WHIP -- both of which are well below his career numbers of 4.28 and 1.35 -- while providing rock solid dependability at the back end of a star-studded rotation that features Max Scherzer, David Price and Justin Verlander. Porcello will look to build upon his career-high 15 wins in his next start Sunday against the White Sox.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sanchez will received a second opinion on his strained right pectoral, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.
Impact: Although the early reports sound rather grim, the Tigers are not giving up hope that Sanchez can return before the end of the regular season and help the team make a playoff push. A second opinion could end up offering a different perspective on a treatment plan for Sanchez, which may end up improving his outlook for a return.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Sanchez isn't sure when he might return from a right pectoral strain after a setback this week left him dealing with more pain.
Impact: Sanchez said he was feeling better Tuesday, a day after his latest problem. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says Sanchez will not be able to return for Saturday's doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sanchez (chest) suffered a setback Monday and now has no timetable for a return to the Tigers, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.
Impact: After aggravating his strained right pectoral, Sanchez is worried that he won't be able to pitch before the playoffs start, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports 1. Because the current concern feels like a needle pressing into his pectoral muscle, the organization's training staff doesn't know how to treat the ailment, leaving his timetable undetermined.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martinez went 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBI in Sunday's victory over the Twins.
Impact: Martinez cracked a two-run shot over the fence in the sixth inning. Slashing .328/.396/.553 overall with a team-high 25 home runs and 84 RBI, Martinez has been Detroit's best hitter this season, which is saying a lot with Miguel Cabrera as a teammate. The 35-year-old has now logged multi-hit outings in six of his last eight games.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scherzer lasted only five innings in Sunday's win over Minnesota. He allowed seven hits and three earned runs while striking out four and walking one.
Impact: Scherzer sailed through the first two innings, but ran into issues in the bottom of the third, as he surrendered five hits and three earned runs in the frame. While we didn't see a vintage Scherzer performance Sunday, he's still rocking a 3.13 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 209:55 K:BB ratio in 181 innings this season.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manager Brad Asumus expects Cabrera (ankle) to be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.
Impact: Cabrera sat out Sunday's game after tweaking his ankle injury Saturday, but it sounds like he should be able to return following a team off day Monday.
Sun. Aug 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Cabrera did not start for the Tigers on Sunday after he aggravated a sore right ankle in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
Impact: Cabrera appeared to tweak the ankle when he awkwardly stepped on first base. Detroit is off Monday before opening a three-game home series with the New York Yankees.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cabrera is out of the lineup Sunday due to an ankle issue, MLive.com's Chris Iott reports.
Impact: Cabrera irritated his ailing ankle in Saturday's game, but it doesn't seem like the Tigers are sounding the alarm on a lengthy absence. Instead, manager Brad Ausmus just wanted to take advantage of Monday's open date in the schedule by keeping Cabrera out of the lineup Sunday, effectively giving him two full days of recovery. Cabrera should still be available off the bench in the series finale with the Twins if needed. Don Kelly will take his spot at first base.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Verlander surrendered four earned runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings in a win over the Twins on Saturday. He also struck out six and walked three.
Impact: The win brings Verlander's record back up to .500 at 11-11, but he wasn't able to bring down his ERA on the season, which now sits at a very non-Verlander-like 4.82 through 26 starts. It was nice to see him grab the victory after departing early in his last start with shoulder inflammation, but the Tigers (and owners) will want the 31-year-old Cy Young winner to tighten things up in the final month of the season, especially with the Tigers battling for their playoff lives.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Castellanos went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored against the Twins on Saturday.
Impact: In a 12-4 blowout loss, Castellanos had one of the Tigers' two multi-hit efforts. The post-break numbers have been improved for the rookie third baseman, and he's now hitting .261/.307/.414 for the season.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Verlander (shoulder) has been confirmed as the starter for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.
Impact: Shoulder soreness cut Verlander's last start short after 40 pitches, and while an MRI revealed just inflammation, the Tigers decided to play it safe and skip the right-hander's next turn. Upon completion of a bullpen session Thursday, he received clearance to oppose Trevor May in Saturday's nightcap, but the Twins aren't the pushovers they used to be, having scored more runs than any team in baseball since the All-Star break (158).
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Avila will sit in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, MLive's Chris Iott reports.
Impact: No surprise here, as Avila started the first half of the twin bill. He has been a solid source of power in deep leagues, but the batting average will always be a drain. Bryan Holaday gets the start behind the dish for the evening game.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Putkonen (elbow) is nearing a rehab assignment, MLive.com reports.
Impact: GM Dave Dombrowski admitted Friday that he wasn't expecting Putkonen to return this season, but he's now optimistic given the right-hander's recent progress. Putkonen, who has been on the DL since Apr. 19, has been rehabbing at High-A Lakeland and may return to a middle-relief role by early-to-mid September.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.
Impact: With Davis just getting over a thumb injury, manager Brad Ausmus will limit the 33-year-old's workload in Saturday's twin bill. Ezequiel Carrera will man center and bat second in the matinee, but look for Davis to be available off the bench and in the lineup for Game 2.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hunter is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.
Impact: Manager Brad Ausmus is presumably just holding the 39-year-old Hunter out for the nightcap. Don Kelly will man right field and bat seventh against right-hander Yohan Pino in Game 1.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Krol was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after Friday's game, Matthew Mowery of the Oakland Press reports.
Impact: With starter Robbie Ray lasting just 1.1 innings Friday, the Tigers burned through several relievers and needed reinforcements for Saturday's game. As a result, Krol was sent packing.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kinsler went 2-for-4 on Friday against the Twins as he hit his 12th homer of the year, while scoring a run, snatching a stolen base and netting one RBI.
Impact: It was a nice all-around evening for Kinsler (.282/.314/.424) who is still looking for consistency after hitting a tough slump. Kinsler remains one of the better second basemen in the league, so you have to ride the ups-and-downs from his bat. Kinsler now has five hits in his last four games played.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Price limited Tampa Bay to one run and one hit while striking out nine in eight innings Thursday, but he was stuck with the decision in a 1-0 loss to his old team.
Impact: The left-hander is 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in four starts since making the move to the AL Central.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Soria (oblique) is scheduled to throw Saturday, MLive's Chris Iott reports.
Impact: The Tigers plan to have Soria return to the bullpen when first eligible on Aug. 25, and we could get confirmation on that plan following his session Saturday.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sanchez (chest) threw Friday for the first time since his injury, and came out of it feeling good, and plans to throw again Saturday, MLive's Chris Iott reports.
Impact: He threw from flat ground, and said that he "let it go" a couple times at the end of the session, and didn't feel any discomfort, which is a good sign. He will be reevaluated following Saturday's throwing session, at which point we should know more about what will come next in Sanchez's rehab process.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Avila is out of Friday's lineup against the Twins.
Impact: This is just a standard day off for Avila, with Bryan Holaday setting up behind the dish Friday. Avila really only has value in deeper leagues, as he's batting just .219 with 10 homers in 100 games.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cabrera (ankle) is in Friday's lineup against the Twins.
Impact: He'll take his usual spot in the three hole, manning first base, after aggravating a right ankle injury sliding into home plate during Wednesday's game. It's nothing new for Cabrera to play through injury, but general manager Dave Dombrowski said Friday that he doesn't believe the ankle injury will affect Cabrera's power. Look for him to continue to play through any lingering pain going forward.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Porcello was spectacular on Wednesday, allowing three hits in a complete-game 6-0 win at Tampa Bay.
Impact: Porcello had been 0-3 with a 4.20 ERA over his previous three outings, including one relief appearance.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Martinez had a home run, double and five RBIs in Wednesday's 6-0 win at Tampa Bay.
Impact: Martinez has been hitting well with a .359 average and 17 RBIs in his last 17 contests.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price (12-9) took a tough-luck loss to his old Rays mates Thursday, going eight innings and allowing just an unearned run on one hit and nine strikeouts.
Impact: Price was about as good as you can be, but a first-inning error and then the lone hit he allowed -- an RBI triple by Brandon Guyer -- were all that Alex Cobb and the Rays needed. Following that first-inning run, Price tossed seven perfect innings, but it wasn't enough. Now just 1-1 in four starts as a Tiger, Price will have to hope for more offensive support when he faces the Yankees on Wednesday.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Verlander (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Thursday and is on track to start one game of Saturday's double-header against Minnesota, MLive's James Schmehl reports.
Impact: Verlander threw 35 pitches, which was enough to determine he'll be ready to return to the mound Saturday. In his last outing on Aug. 11, which he departed after just one inning, Verlander allowed five runs on four hits and issued a pair of walks. He'll look to rebound, but the Tigers could very well have him on a pitch count in hopes of avoiding an aggravation of his shoulder issue.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cabrera aggravated a right ankle injury by sliding into home plate during Wednesday's game, MLive's James Schmehl/ reports.
Impact: It's only a minor issue, but the Tigers are being cautious with their star third baseman, as he'll serve as the DH on Thursday in Tampa Bay. Manager Brad Ausmus called the situation "a small concern," and Cabrera's status is something to keep an eye on over the next few days.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martinez slugged his 24th home run of the year, a grand slam off Kirby Yates in the seventh inning, while also adding a double and a walk in a 2-for-3 performance Wednesday against the Rays.
Impact: Martinez continues to have a monster season and he does not appear to be slowing down. In fact, his .945 OPS is third best in the major leagues.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Porcello pitched an absolute gem against the Rays on Wednesday, tossing a complete-game shutout while giving up just three hits and striking out four en route to his 14th win of the year.
Impact: After a mediocre performance his last time out on August 15 against the Mariners (five earned runs on 10 hits in six innings), Porcello reversed course with one of his best outings of the year. Shockingly, this was Porcello's third complete-game shutout of the year. With his ability to keep runners off base (32 walks in 165.1 innings), Porcello has really excelled this year and now sports a 3.10 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday at home against the Yankees.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Verlander could rejoin the Detroit Tigers' rotation on Saturday. The right-hander threw for the second straight day Wednesday and said it's ''strong to quite strong'' that he will start one game of a doubleheader against Minnesota.
Impact: Verlander will throw a light bullpen Thursday. He is 10-11 with a 4.76 ERA in 25 starts this season.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Putkonen (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen Wednesday and has been progressing well with High-A Lakeland, MLive's James Schmehl reports.
Impact: It's nice to hear he's progressing well, and although it's certainly possible he rejoins the Tigers' bullpen in September, he won't be of much fantasy use.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dirks (hamstring) has been shut down after an MRI revealed a Grade 1, partial Grade 2 hamstring strain, MLive's James Schmehl reports.
Impact: He will return to High-A Lakeland to resume treatment as the Tigers simply want to get him healthy at this point, and it's possible he won't see game action again this season.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Verlander (shoulder) is scheduled to toss a light bullpen session Thursday with the intention of starting one game of Saturday's doubleheader at Minnesota, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.
Impact: It's unclear if Verlander's pitch count will be capped Saturday, but his first appearance since a disaster on Aug. 11 will soon come to pass.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis (thumb) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays, James Schmehl of MLive Media Group reports.
Impact: Davis left the Tigers' last game Sunday due to the injury, but it appears a team off day Monday was all he needed to recover from the setback. Davis will man center field and bat ninth in the Tigers' batting order Tuesday night.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nathan claimed his 26th save of the season Tuesday vs. the Rays, giving up one run in the bottom 11th inning in the 8-6 victory.
Impact: Yet again, Nathan made things difficult on himself despite a three-run cushion, yielding two singles and a walk before striking out Sean Rodriguez to end the threat. Fortunately for Nathan, top setup man and presumptive closer-in-waiting Joba Chamberlain blew a lead earlier in the game, likely keeping the ninth-inning job his for now.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martinez swatted his 17th homer of the season in Tuesday's win over the Rays.
Impact: Martinez's eighth-inning blast broke a 4-4 tie that gave the Tigers a short-lived lead. He's no longer raking in the extra-base hits at the same rate he did in June and July, but Martinez has at least homered twice and driven in four runs over his last five games.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Romine went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Rays.
Impact: Romine has picked up starts in consecutive games in the face of Eugenio Suarez's struggles, collecting three hits. While the production isn't earth-shattering, Suarez's modest .234/.311/.360 season line might not afford him time to break out of his slump. If he stays moderately hot, he could continue to pick up more frequent starts.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Scherzer shook off a rocky first two frames to go seven innings Tuesday, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks with nine strikeouts at Tampa Bay.
Impact: Scherzer set the bar high coming into Tuesday's turn by striking out 25 batters and allowing seven hits, two walks and one run over his last 16 innings, but he was generally effective against the Rays. His major mistake came in the bottom of the first, when he served up a three-run homer to James Loney, but he allowed only two runners to reach base over his final five frames.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Verlander (shoulder) played catch for approximately 10 minutes from 60 feet Tuesday, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports. Speaking of the session, Verlander said, "Definitely felt a whole lot better. There wasn't that can't-get-loose feeling. Arm felt loose and felt good."
Impact: With the hope that he'll return Friday in Minnesota, the throwing session effectively doubled as a bullpen session. Expect him to fit in a bit more activity before week's end, but his first appearance since Aug. 11 will likely include a capped pitch count, which has yet to be released.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Whelan cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.
Impact: Whelan will act as depth to a bullpen that has endured its share of strife this season. In 37 appearances at Toledo, he's racked up 20 saves with a 2.45 ERA, 1.147 WHIP and 49:18 K:BB in 40.1 innings.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson made his Tigers debut Sunday, giving up three runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk, striking out one while recording just two outs.
Impact: The location changes but the results remain the same for Johnson, who also didn't pitch all that great at Triple-A Toledo before getting called up by the Tigers.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis had X-rays on his thumb contusion that came back negative for any broken bones, MLive.com reports.
Impact: That doesn't yet mean that Davis is safe to play on Tuesday - we've often see players suffer major injuries where the X-rays were negative. It just means that he doesn't have a broken thumb. He'll remain a game-time decision Tuesday, with the Tigers off Monday.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kinsler is in the throes of a major slump, hitting .221/.248/.267 in his last 31 games since the All-Star break, MLive.com reports.
Impact: Kinsler has been the worst of a Tigers lineup as a whole that has been struggling. Twice on Sunday he popped out with a runner on third and less than two outs, and went 1-for-12 over the weekend series against the Mariners.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dirks reinjured his hamstring during a rehab game with Triple-A Toledo on Sunday, John Wagner of the Toledo Blade reports.
Impact: Dirks resumed playing Saturday after taking 10 days off to rest his hamstring, but it appears he did not sit out long enough. It's not initially clear how long this will further delay his return to the Tigers.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Davis left Sunday's game due to a left thumb contusion.
Impact: It's unclear exactly when Davis suffered the injury, but he was replaced by Don Kelly in left field. Consider Davis day-to-day at the moment, as Tuesday's pregame batting practice will likely decide whether or not he'll be in the starting lineup for the series opener against the Rays.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Soria (oblique) will likely rejoin the bullpen when he's first eligible, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports. "He's definitely feeling better," manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday.
Impact: Soria is first eligible to come off the disabled list Aug. 25, and it appears he will be ready to do so at that point. He will likely pitch a few bullpen sessions or go on a rehab assignment at some point this week in preparation for his return.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hunter is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners.
Impact: Hunter will get a day off Sunday after four straight starts. The 38-year-old outfielder will be replaced by Ezequiel Carrera in the lineup, who will play center field and bat second for the Tigers.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | STATS
News: The Detroit Tigers purchased the contract of Johnson and optioned reliever Melvin Mercedes to Triple-A Toledo after their 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.
Impact: The 31-year-old Johnson made four appearances for Toledo, since signing with Detroit, and allowed two earned runs in 4 2-3 innings. Johnson earned 101 saves for Baltimore in the previous two seasons, but then struggled after joining Oakland.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Whelan's contract was designated for assignment Sunday.
Impact: The move frees up a 40-man roster spot for Jim Johnson, while the Tigers will likely outright Whelan to Toledo and keep him with their Triple-A affiliate if he passes through waivers.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mercedes has been optioned back to Triple-A Toledo, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.
Impact: Mercedes will return to Toledo, while Jim Johnson has been added to the Tigers' bullpen to take his place.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson has been called up by the Tigers, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.
Impact: Despite a 5.79 ERA over four appearances with Toledo, Johnson is taking over the roster spot of Melvin Mercedes. The Tigers will likely break him in in middle relief, with the hope that he can rediscover his pre-2014 form.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Verlander (shoulder) hopes to start next Friday at the Twins, the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Verlander was diagnosed with shoulder inflammation after leaving his last start with soreness after one inning. He isn't scheduled to pick up a baseball until Tuesday, when he will try some short tossing. Manager Brad Ausmus said Verlander's schedule will be based entirely on how he feels then, but the goal is for him to start next Friday.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Porcello allowed six runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits and no walks Friday with three strikeouts in a loss against the Mariners.
Impact: Porcello got ahead of hitters (21 of 27 first-pitch strikes), but he had trouble putting them away. He lowered his BB/9 to 1.89, though, with his eighth start of no walks allowed. This was the first time in six starts he failed to go more than six innings -- in the previous five starts he had a 1.75 ERA. Chalk this one up to one-of-those-nights.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Scherzer allowed three hits with 14 strikeouts over eight shutout innings in Thursday's 5-2 win over visiting Pittsburgh.
Impact: Obviously, Scherzer needs to be in your lineup. He's 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA in his last 10 starts.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Castellanos went 2 for 4 with his ninth home run in Wednesday's 8-4 victory over visiting Pittsburgh.
Impact: Castellanos is 8 for 14 with five RBIs in his last five games.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Martinez went 3 for 4 with three RBIs in Wednesday's 8-4 win over visiting Pittsburgh.
Impact: Martinez is hitting .344 with two homers and 14 RBIs in his last 16 games.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | STATS
News: The Detroit Tigers have purchased the contract of Farmer, calling him up from Double-A Erie to start Wednesday night's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Impact: Farmer was called up to make his major league debut after injuries to Anibal Sanchez and Justin Verlander - and Sunday's 19-inning game that required a relief appearance by Rick Porcello - left Detroit's starting rotation in a bit of a mess. Farmer has spent most of this season at Class A West Michigan before making two starts for Erie.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Cabrera seems to have broken out of his recent funk, going 3 for 5 with an RBI in Monday's 11-6 loss at Pittsburgh.
Impact: Cabrera is 6 for 14 over his last two games.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Davis went 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs in Monday's 11-6 loss at Pittsburgh.
Impact: Davis is 7 for 22 with three doubles in his last four games.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Verlander has inflammation in his right shoulder. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says an MRI on Verlander's shoulder revealed no structural damage but the Cy Young winner will likely miss at least one start for the slumping Tigers.
Impact: Verlander left Monday night's 11-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates after giving up five runs in one inning. He complained of discomfort in the shoulder but Ausmus stressed the initial plan for Verlander is rest and not surgery.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Hunter broke out of his slump with four hits in nine at-bats in a 6-5, 19-inning loss at Toronto on Sunday.
Impact: Hunter had been 1 for 19 with seven strikeouts over his prior five games.