Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Cabrera collected four more hits and an RBI in Wednesday's 8-4 loss at Minnesota.
Impact: Cabrera is batting a major league-best .469 with six homers, six doubles, 12 RBIs and 15 runs in 16 games this month.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | STATS
News: Price allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks over 5 2-3 innings in Wednesday's 8-4 loss at Minnesota.
Impact: Price dropped to 3-4 with a 4.09 ERA since joining the Tigers. He's allowed at least five runs in three of his last five starts.
News: Cabrera was 4-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI Wednesday in a loss to the Twins.
Impact: Cabrera continues to rake, much to the delight of his owners in the fantasy playoffs. The slugger is hitting .469 with six home runs in 64 September at-bats.
News: Price (14-12) picked up the loss Wednesday, allowing five runs on eight hits with three walks and five strikeouts over 5.2 innings against the Twins.
Impact: Right on cue, Price follows a terrific start with a dud. The left-hander is 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA and a 66:13 K:BB ratio over nine starts since joining the Tigers. Price will face the White Sox on Tuesday.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Martinez went 2 for 3 with a three-run homer in Tuesday's loss at Minnesota.
Impact: Martinez is batting .435 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in seven games.
News: Lobstein will be bumped from his scheduled weekend start vs. the Royals and make his next turn Monday vs. the White Sox, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.
Impact: With the Tigers trying to stave off the Royals for the AL Central crown, manager Brad Ausmus will look to maximize the usage of his top four starters. Thanks to an off day in the schedule Thursday, Rick Porcello will be able to stay on his normal rest and take the ball Sunday for his second start of the week.
News: Porcello will have his next start moved up to Sunday against the Royals, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.
Impact: Porcello was on tap for two starts in the final week of the season, but he'll instead get the double dose this week, with Thursday's open date keeping him on his normal schedule. Kyle Lobstein will be bumped back a day to start Monday vs. the White Sox.
News: Sanchez (chest) will throw his next bullpen session Thursday, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.
Impact: Once he completes that session, Sanchez will likely be on track to face hitters on Saturday. It's growing unlikely that he'll be available by the end of the regular season, but Sanchez looks like he could at least join the Tigers during a potential postseason run.
News: Castellanos (foot) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Twins, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Impact: A late scratch from Tuesday's lineup, Castellanos will return after missing just one start with left foot soreness. The 22-year-old was probably due for a day off anyway, as he hadn't had one since Aug. 30. He'll look to record his first hit against Twins starter Kyle Gibson (0-for-6).
News: Avila (head) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Twins, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Avila is now set to miss a third straight start, after taking a foul ball off his facemask during Sunday's finale against Cleveland. The team said he was just dealing with some lightheadedness and still has not given any indication that he could be dealing with a concussion, so a return following Thursday's off day seems entirely possible. Bryan Holaday draws another start in his absence.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Castellanos was a late scratch Tuesday because of a sore left foot.
Impact: He's considered day to day.
News: Nathan was charged with his seventh blown save of the season Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on two hits and a walk, including a walk-off infield single to Aaron Hicks in the bottom of the ninth.
Impact: It would be surprising if the Tigers changed any of the relievers' roles at this stage in the season, so despite his significant struggles, owners looking for saves would still be wise to hold onto Nathan.
News: Porcello gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts in eight innings Tuesday against the Twins.
Impact: Despite not qualifying for the win, Porcello still turned in an excellent outing, giving up exactly two earned runs for the fourth time in five starts. He is in line to make two more starts this season, Monday against the White Sox and Saturday against the Twins.
News: Castellanos was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with left foot soreness.
Impact: Castellanos fouled a ball off the foot in his final at-bat of Monday's game, but there's been nothing to suggest the injury is a major concern. That said, the team could always take precaution and hold Castellanos out again Wednesday, in which case Don Kelly would likely get another start at third base.
News: Davis has been added to Tuesday's lineup.
Impact: With Nick Castellanos scratched due to left foot soreness, Don Kelly will move in to occupy the hot corner as Davis steps in at center. Davis is batting .297/.316/.405 but has just one steal in three attempts this month.
News: Castellanos has been scratched from Tuesday's lineup against the Twins.
Impact: A reason has not been provided by the team, but the timing suggests an injury may be in play. Don Kelly will move in to occupy third base in Castellanos' absence, with Rajai Davis slotting in at center.
News: Verlander (blister) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Manager Brad Ausmus revealed that a blister contributed to Verlander's mediocre showing against Cleveland on Sunday (three earned runs over 5.2 innings), but said that he doesn't expect it to be an ongoing issue. Verlander expressed a similar sentiment, saying he is OK and on track to make his next scheduled start this weekend against Kansas City.
News: Davis is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Twins, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Davis will turn center field over to Don Kelly following four straight starts, as it seems manager Brad Ausmus is intent on keeping the lefty-swinging Kelly involved with occasional starts. Kelly is just 1-for-10 so far in September but does have an OBP close to 20 points higher than Davis'.
News: Sanchez (pectoral) threw another mound session Tuesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The right-hander got right back onto elevated ground Tuesday, a day after throwing his first bullpen session since suffering a setback with his pectoral injury in late August. Sanchez said that he's preparing to return as a starter, but added that he's certainly open to pitching out of the bullpen if that's what the team wants.
News: Avila (head) is out of the lineup again Tuesday against the Twins, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Another foul ball off Avila's facemask Sunday resulted in some lightheadedness and his early exit from the game, and he's now set to miss a second straight start. The same thing happened to Avila earlier this month, but he missed just three games then, and it doesn't sound like he's in danger of missing extended time due to his latest setback. Bryan Holaday will start behind the plate Tuesday.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Cabrera went 3 for 5 with a homer and three runs scored in Monday's win at Minnesota.
Impact: Cabrera is bating .436 with six homers, 11 RBIs and 14 runs in 14 games this month.
News: Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored in the Tigers' 8-6 victory Monday.
Impact: Cabrera has been totally locked in this month, batting a robust .436 through 14 September games. The slugger has just 23 home runs this season, but has five this month and now has 102 RBI for the season.
News: Hunter had a big day Monday, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
Impact: Hunter's blast off of Casey Fein broke a 6-6 tie in the ninth inning. The 39-year-old outfielder has been productive this season, hitting .282 with 16 homers and 78 RBI for the season. Monday's home run was his first since July 31.
News: Scherzer took a no-decision Monday, allowing four runs in seven innings against the Twins.
Impact: The reigning Cy Young winner was hurt by a three-run sixth inning. The Tigers' eight-run offensive explosion helped keep Scherzer out of the loss column Monday. Scherzer will look to bounce back when he faces the Royals this weekend in Kansas City.
Bryan Holaday - #50 - Catcher - 6'0" - 205lbs
News: Holaday is in the starting lineup Monday versus Minnesota, MLive.com reports.
Impact: With Alex Avila (head) sidelined with concussion-like symptoms, Holaday will get his first start behind the plate since September 5. Avila, who has a history of head injuries, will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, so Holaday could be in line to make a couple more starts if Avila continues to sit out.
News: Avila (head) is not in the lineup Monday against the Twins, MLive Media Group reports.
Impact: Avila took a ball off the mask Sunday against Kansas City and departed the game due to lightheadedness. As expected, he'll take a seat Monday, most likely as a precaution more than anything else. Bryan Holaday will get the start behind the plate and bat seventh against Minnesota starter Anthony Swarzak. Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus said Avila is a possibility to play Tuesday, but a decision likely won't come until closer to game time.
News: Avila (head) left Sunday's game against the Royals due to lightheadedness, the Oakland Press reports. "He took one off the mask earlier in the day, but at the time, he didn't show the reaction that's normally associated with someone that's been concussed. He kind of went about his business," said manager Brad Ausmus. Avila will likely miss Monday's contest against the Twins.
Impact: Avila was removed after his seventh-inning at-bat and was diagnosed with lightheadedness. He took a pitch off the mask earlier in the game and was reportedly experiencing headaches in the dugout. Avila has dealt with concussion issues each of the last three seasons, so the Tigers likely wanted to err on the side of caution. As such, it is unlikely he will suit up Monday in Minnesota.
News: Martinez was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Indians.
Impact: Martinez has been on a roll, slugging three homers with eight RBI over his last five games. With a .305/.350/.557 slash line to go with 22 home runs and 71 RBI, the 27-year-old outfielder has become an integral part of Detroit's lineup this season.
News: Verlander surrendered six hits and three earned runs in 5.2 innings against Cleveland on Sunday.
Impact: Verlander, who had six strikeouts and three walks in the no-decision, was pulled after 109 pitches, 68 of which were strikes. The right-hander will try to improve on his 4.81 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in Saturday's start in Kansas City.
News: Manager Brad Ausmus said Coke (lower back) should be "good to go" Sunday, James Schmehl of MLive Media Group reports.
Impact: Coke was unavailable the last couple days due to back spasms, but it appears he should be able to pitch Sunday if needed out of the Tigers' bullpen.
Sat. Sep 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Suarez is out of the lineup Saturday against the Indians.
Impact: Suarez will sit for the fifth time in the last six games, with the team currently riding the hot bat, which is Andrew Romine right now. He'll get the start Saturday and bat eighth, while Suarez again takes a spot on the bench.
Sat. Sep 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sanchez (chest) will play long toss Sunday and throw off a mound Monday, if everything goes as planned, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.
Impact: Sanchez is set to make another step forward in his return from a right pectoral injury. With not much time left in the season, he'll need to progress quickly to find his way back to the roster before the postseason, assuming the Tigers make it. He'll likely require a couple sessions of live batting and possibly a few bullpen sessions before returning, but he's making progress.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Martinez had another big night at the dish going 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run, and four RBI in the Tigers' 7-2 win over the Royals on Friday.
Impact: What a boon Martinez has been for Detroit. He popped his 21st homer, a two-run shot and then added a two-run triple to provide most of the Tigers' offense. He's now hitting a solid .305 and has driven in 69 runs on the year.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price kept the Indians at bay Friday night, allowing one run on eight hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven over 7.2 innings of a 7-2 victory.
Impact: It's been an up and down couple of months for Price (14-11, 3.26 ERA) but this was a strong performance as the Tigers battle it out for the division title with Kansas City. He threw 75 of 106 pitches for strikes and will try to keep the momentum going in his next start on the road against the Twins.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Soria gave up a run in his return from the disabled list Wednesday.
Impact: After missing time with an oblique injury, Soria is ready to roll again in the Detroit bullpen. The run Wednesday wasn't a crucial one, as it merely extended the Royals' lead to three runs on a night where the Tigers' offense failed to plate a run.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Porcello struck out seven while giving up two runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings in a losing effort against the Royals on Wednesday.
Impact: James Shields and the Kansas City bullpen kept the Tigers off the board Wednesday, but Porcello turned in a good start in a crucial spot. He'll make his next start Tuesday in Minnesota, and could take a second turn Sept. 21 against the Royals in Kansas City if the Tigers want to skip Kyle Lobstein following an off-day on Sept. 18.
Andrew Romine - #27 - Short Stop - 6'1" - 190lbs
News: Romine will start at shortstop for the fourth straight game Wednesday against the Royals, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.
Impact: Although Eugenio Suarez has been the Tigers' most useful option at shortstop for much of the season, he's endured some offensive struggles recently, prompting the team to turn over the position to Romine. While not particularly adept with the bat either, Romine has gone 5-for-12 over his previous three starts, a performance good enough for him to earn further playing time. He'll likely serve as the Tigers' primary shortstop until his bat cools down.
News: Davis is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
Impact: Davis will surrender center field to Don Kelly for the third time in four games, with a right-hander starting for the opposition. It's probably too early to call the two players platoon mates, but Davis owners may want to keep an eye on the situation over the next few days just to be on the safe side. Because of his superior speed (32-for-42 in stolen base attempts), Davis would carry far more fantasy value in a regular role than Kelly would.
News: Coke left Wednesday's game against the Royals with a muscle spasm in his lower back, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.
Impact: Coke will be reevaluated Friday, so it remains to be seen how much time, if any, he misses with the setback. Coke has pitched well of late, tallying eight scoreless outings in a row.
News: Coke was removed from Wednesday's game with an apparent back injury, according to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.
Impact: Coke appeared to injure himself fielding a bunt in the eighth inning of Wednesday's matchup with the Royals. Expect the Tigers to update his status following the game.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Martinez hit his 20th home run in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Royals.
Impact: Martinez is hitting .314 with three homers and six RBIs in nine games this month.
Jose Iglesias - #1 - Short Stop - 5'11" - 185lbs
News: Iglesias (leg) has been cleared for lower-body exercises and hopes to be ready for a normal offseason program, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Iglesias has missed all of the 2014 season with stress fractures in both legs, but he has been progressing well. He expects to be ready by the start of the 2015 season, and while he figures to be the starting shortstop when he returns, the Tigers have added some depth at the position, so Iglesias may have to fight for the role in the spring.
News: Sanchez (pectoral) played catch in the cages Wednesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Impact: It represents a positive first step for Sanchez, who was shut down for more than two weeks after suffering a setback with his right pectoral injury back on Aug. 25. He said he felt good after playing catch, but the right-hander remains without a set timetable for a return, and with the Tigers having just 17 games remaining on the schedule, it seems rather unlikely he could make it back before the end of the regular season. A return for the postseason is certainly possible, if Sanchez continues to progress without another setback.
News: Nathan notched his 30th save of the season Tuesday against the Royals, but it wasn't without drama, as he allowed two baserunners before recording his second out of the ninth inning.
Impact: With runners on first and second and one out in a two-run game, Nathan was able to pick Jarrod Dyson off at second base, making the save much more manageable. He allowed two hits and recorded two strikeouts, but still kept his pitch count under 20 (18), so he should be available again Wednesday, should the situation arise.
News: Scherzer gave up one run on seven hits and four walks with six strikeouts in 6.2 innings Tuesday against the Royals, notching his 16th win of the season.
Impact: Scherzer is having a stellar season, but he had hit a minor rough patch lately, as this was the best of his last five starts. It's hard to ask for much more from a fantasy ace, as Scherzer eclipsed 200 innings (200.1) Tuesday and has offered up a 3.19 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 232 strikeouts over that heavy workload, helping to anchor four of the five standard roto pitching categories. He'll go for his 17th win Sunday against the Indians.
Victor Martinez - #41 - - 6'2" - 210lbs
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Martinez went 3 for 5 with an RBI in Monday's win over Kansas City.
Impact: The Detroit designated hitter is batting .433 over his last 17 games.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says Soria will be activated Wednesday, a month after he went on the disabled list with a left oblique strain.
Impact: The Tigers acquired Soria from Texas shortly before the trade deadline to help their bullpen, but he made only six appearances for Detroit before the injury. Overall this year, Soria is 2-4 with a 3.58 ERA and 17 saves. Joe Nathan and Joba Chamberlain have been slotted into the late innings for the Tigers this year. Ausmus didn't specify any inning in which Soria would be used when he comes back, but he said he'll be part of that back end of the bullpen for sure.
News: Lobstein will remain in the Tigers' rotation and make his next start Saturday, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.
Impact: A team off day Thursday would have given the Tigers an opportunity to shuffle their rotation, but it appears they will keep everyone on schedule at least another time through. Lobstein will take on the Indians on Saturday -- the same time he recorded 10 strikeouts against Sept. 2.
News: Suarez is not in the lineup Tuesday for the third straight day, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck.
Impact: Suarez will once again give way to Andrew Romine, who earned a third straight start by tallying two hits in each of the last two games. Suarez figures to return to the lineup once Romine's hot streak comes to an end.
News: Hunter (head) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Royals, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.
Impact: Hunter exited Monday's game before it was completed due to a collision in the outfield, but it appears he is no worse for the wear Tuesday. Hunter will man right field and bat second Tuesday as he has done regularly the last few weeks.
News: Soria (oblique) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports.
Impact: Soria will return to the Tigers just over month removed from injuring his oblique. Expect him to work in a setup role in front of closer Joe Nathan.
Mon. Sep 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Cabrera went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Giants.
Impact: Cabrera is having a September to remember so far, going 15 of 30 with five homers and nine RBIs in seven contests.
Victor Martinez - #41 - - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: Martinez stayed hot Monday, going 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI against the Royals.
Impact: Martinez has now hit safely in nine straight games, over which time he's cracked three home runs and plated nine runs. Thus far this month, Martinez is hitting a red-hot .500 at the dish, bringing his average all the way to .337 for the season.
News: Hunter went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in Monday's win over the Royals, but was removed in the final frame after an outfield collision two innings earlier, Matthew Mowery of the Oakland Press reports.
Impact: Hunter appeared to have a bead on a Lorenzo Cain flyball to the gap in right-center field in the seventh, but center fielder Don Kelly apparently thought the same, as he collided with Hunter, knocking the glove off his hand. The ball eventually bounced away from the outfielders and resulted in an inside-the-park home run for Cain, with Hunter remaining on the ground for a few moments after hitting his head on the ground. He passed on-field concussion tests and remained in the game and then passed another exam later on, but it wouldn't be surprising if Hunter was held out of Tuesday's contest as a precaution.
News: Castellanos had a productive afternoon Monday, going 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI.
Impact: For Castellanos, the double was his 30th of the season and third of the month already. The third baseman has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games, including five multi-hit games. Castellanos is now hitting .264 with 59 RBI for the season.
News: Verlander earned the win Monday, tossing seven innings of four-run ball against the Royals.
Impact: The victory pushed his record to 13-12, but also saw his ERA jump up to 4.82 for the season. Verlander has now allowed 10 earned runs in his last two starts and has just one quality start in his last five attempts. He'll face the Indians at home this weekend.
News: Soria (oblique) threw a simulated game Monday and will be evaluated for possible activation Tuesday, Matthew B. Mowery of the Oakland Press reports.
Impact: Soria went on the disabled list Aug. 10 but initially hoped to return when first eligible. The return date was pushed back into September, but he now appears close to rejoining the bullpen. The team will see how Soria is feeling Tuesday, and if everything checks out fine, he could be activated in the next few days.
News: Nathan was unavailable the past few days due to elbow soreness, but is available Monday, Matthew B. Mowery of the Oakland Press reports.
Impact: Nathan may have been unavailable the past few days, but the team was never in a situation where they needed him. The 39-year-old has struggled in the closer role for the Tigers this season, posting a 5.04 ERA and 1.54 WHIP while blowing six saves. His K/IP ratio has also dipped below one for the first time in three seasons (0.98). At any rate, he will likely continue as the Tigers' closer for the remainder of this season, and is under contract for another, so it will be interesting to see what the team decides to do with him in the offseason.
News: Soria (Oblique) will throw a simulated game Monday, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports 1 reports.
Impact: Soria was possibly on the verge of taking over the closer role from Joe Nathan before an oblique injury sent him to the disabled list. He appears nearly ready to rejoin the Tigers' bullpen, and would likely work his way back into a late-inning role again.
News: Suarez is out of the lineup again Monday against the Royals.
Impact: Suarez will sit along with Rajai Davis for the second consecutive day. It's unclear why both normal starters are on the bench, but Andrew Romine will start at shortstop and bat ninth for the Tigers.
News: Davis is out of the lineup again Monday against the Royals.
Impact: It's unclear why Davis will ride the pine for the second straight day, but he will sit in favor of the Don Kelly in center field. Davis is hitting .286/.328/411 this season with the Tigers, and also has 32 stolen bases.
News: Lobstein turned in a solid 5.2 innings Sunday night against the Giants, allowing just one earned run on four hits and a couple of walks while striking out three en route to his first MLB victory.
Impact: After a 10-strikeout performance versus the Indians last time out, Lobstein came back down to earth a bit in this outing. However, this effort was obviously strong as well and delivered a milestone for the young lefty. Now four starts into his career, Lobstein has put together an impressive 2.78 ERA and 1.19 WHIP across 22.2 innings.
Sun. Sep 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Cabrera hit two home runs in Saturday's loss to San Francisco.
Impact: He's got two multi-homer games this season, and they've both come this month. He's batting .500 in six September games.
News: Cabrera is dealing with bone spurs in his ankle, Matthew Mowery of the Oakland Press reports.
Impact: Cabrera has been hampered by injuries for much of the season but has not revealed the specifics of his ankle issue. While the bone spurs likely won't keep him out for an extended period down the stretch, Cabrera and the Tigers' medical staff will need to decide whether offseason surgery will be necessary. That decision reportedly has not been made, and chances are that will remain the case until the end of the season. While bone spurs can be a crippling injury, Cabrera has been on fire of late, notching 13 hits, including four home runs, in his last six games.
News: Davis is out of the lineup Sunday against the Giants.
Impact: Davis will take the day off Sunday following a 2-for-4 day at the plate Saturday. He will yield the start to Don Kelly in center field, who will bat sixth for the Tigers.
News: Avila (head) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Giants.
Impact: Avila hadn't played in a game since Tuesday because of lingering side effects of taking a foul ball off his facemask. He appeared as pinch hit Saturday and apparently felt fine after the game, so he's back behind the plate for the Tigers on Sunday.
News: Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and three RBI in the Tigers' loss to the Giants on Saturday afternoon.
Impact: The multi-hit game was Cabrera's fifth in the last six contests, as the two-homer game was his second in a span of six days. With the Tigers in an unanticipated battle with the Royals for the division crown, he's unlikely to have the luxury of resting his variety of ailments in the coming weeks.
News: Price struck out 11 and walked one while giving up five runs on nine hits over 8.2 innings in a losing effort Saturday against the Giants.
Impact: After a four-run first inning, Price settled down and kept the Giants' offense relatively quiet. Unfortunately for Price and the Tigers, Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco bullpen managed to do just enough to keep Price from spitting the hook. Price is lined up to face Cleveland at home Friday in his next scheduled start.
Luke Putkonen - #39 - Pitcher - 6'6" - 217lbs
News: Putkonen (elbow) has been recalled from his rehab assignment but remains on the DL, Matthew B. Mowery of the Oakland Press reports.
Impact: Putkonen struggled in three appearances with the club's Low-A West Michigan affiliate, giving up four runs on four hits, including a homer, while failing to record a strikeout over 2.2 innings. He'll effectively continue his rehabilitation now that he's rejoined the major league team, with the Tigers having no reason to rush him back.
News: Avila (head) said Saturday that he felt fine and that he had a symptom-free day Friday, Matthew B. Mowery of the Oakland Press reports.
Impact: Despite his progress, the Tigers have decided to play it safe and hold Avila out again Saturday, but it sounds like the 27-year-old stands a fairly good chance of returning for Sunday's finale against San Francisco. James McCann will catch starter David Price on Saturday.
James McCann - #34 - Catcher - 6'2" - 210lbs
News: McCann will catch and bat eighth Saturday against the Giants.
Impact: Regular backstop Alex Avila is still dealing with some lingering effects after being struck in the facemask by a foul ball earlier in the week, opening the door for McCann to make his first career start. A second-round pick in 2011, McCann compiled a healthy .295/.343/.427 batting line with seven homers and nine steals in 109 games with Triple-A Toledo this season. He makes for an intriguing play in daily, but McCann likely won't see enough time to warrant consideration in most formats.
News: Avila (head) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Giants.
Impact: James McCann will step in behind the plate for his first career start, with Avila set to miss his fourth game in a row after taking a foul ball off his facemask Tuesday night. Manager Brad Ausmus mentioned some "lingering side effects" Friday, but the team still hasn't classified Avila's injury as a concussion, so a return for Sunday's finale seems entirely possible. Look for Bryan Holaday to catch starter Kyle Lobstein in that game if Avila isn't cleared.
News: Porcello made it through just three frames Friday night, as he surrendered six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and a walk while striking only one batter in a loss to the Giants.
Impact: Porcello has now been knocked around in each of his last two starts, as the right-hander has surrendered 21 hits over his previous 9.2 innings. In a long-awaited breakout season, he's just one of four AL pitchers with 15 wins and was the second, behind teammate Max Scherzer, to reach the mark in 2014. However, after back-to-back losses and with a career-high 183 innings under Porcello's belt, the 25-year-old hurler might just be wearing down a bit. Owners should closely monitor his outing versus the Royals on Wednesday.
Fri. Sep 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hunter (foot) is back in the lineup Friday against the Giants.
Impact: The 39-year-old fouled a ball off his right foot Wednesday, but it seems the decision to hold him out Thursday was largely precautionary. Hunter will return to right field and the two-hole in the order to face right-hander Jake Peavy, against whom he's 8-for-19 with a homer and seven RBI in his career.
Ian Kinsler - #3 - Second Base - 6'0" - 200lbs
Fri. Sep 5, 2014 | STATS
News: Kinsler went 3 for 6 in Thursday's win over Cleveland.
Impact: Kinsler is on an eight-game hitting streak.
Fri. Sep 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Avila (head) is out of the lineup again Friday.
Impact: Avila's set to miss a third straight start after taking a foul ball off his facemask during Tuesday's game. Manager Brad Ausmus was vague when discussing the situation, but he did allude to some "lingering side effects," according to MLive.com. Ausmus said Avila is just day-to-day, and there has been no mention of a concussion, but the team will likely wait until Avila has completely shaken the cobwebs before returning him to action. James McCann will serve as the backup to Bryan Holaday in the interim.
News: Hunter is out of the lineup Thursday against the Indians.
Impact: Hunter's absence from the lineup is less an indictment of his recent production and more of a desire by manager Brad Ausmus to take a longer look at the newly recalled Tyler Collins, who hit a three-run homer in his lone plate appearance with the club. Even at age 39, Hunter has done well to remain productive and maintain a hold on right field duties. He's batting .276 with 15 homers and 73 RBI over 119 games.
News: Suarez is not in the lineup Thursday against the Indians.
Impact: Suarez's offense has gone quiet since Aug. 26, with the shortstop batting 3-for-29 (.115) since that time. He'll give way to Hernan Perez on Thursday, but doesn't seem in danger of letting go of his starting job just yet.
News: Avila (head) remains out of the lineup Thursday against the Indians.
Impact: Since the Tigers have not classified Avila's injury as a concussion, it would seem they are just being cautious with the 27-year-old, which is certainly understandable given his history of concussion issues. Bryan Holaday will once again man the backstop in his stead Thursday. While Avila said he felt fine after taking a foul ball off his face mask during Tuesday's game, he did admit to experiencing some dizziness prior to exiting.
News: Soria (oblique) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, MLive.com's Chris Iott reports.
Impact: Soria will likely attempt to throw another session Friday before advancing to a simulated game. If he remains on schedule with his recovery, an activation from the DL could come later next week.
News: Scherzer gave up three runs -- two earned -- and four hits in six innings to take a no-decision at Cleveland on Thursday. He issued three walks and struck out six.
Impact: Scherzer was in line for the win, but Detroit's bullpen gave up a run late in the game. Since striking out 14 batters over eight scoreless innings on Aug. 14, Scherzer had a three-start stretch of struggles, giving up a total of 12 earned runs in just 18.2 innings. He also had a rough stretch in late May into early June, but rebounded nicely, and given his track record the last couple of years, it's reasonable to assume that he'll snap out of it over the last few weeks of the regular season, and Thursday's outing was a step in the right direction. As of now, he's scheduled to make just one start next week, squaring off against Kansas City at home, in what should be a key game for the AL Central crown.
News: Updating a previous report, Hunter has been held out of Thursday's lineup due to a right foot issue, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.
Impact: Hunter fouled a ball off the foot Wednesday night and is apparently still dealing with some soreness. The veteran suspects a day out of the lineup is all he'll need to recover, making it likely he'll be back in action Friday against the Giants.
Wed. Sep 3, 2014 | STATS
News: Martinez hit a three-run homer in the ninth to give Detroit a 4-2 win over Cleveland on Tuesday.
Impact: Martinez is 5 for 9 with two homers in the series.
Drew VerHagen - #54 - Pitcher - 6'6" - 230lbs
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | STATS
News: VerHagen was called up from the minors by Detroit on Monday and placed on the 60-day disabled list.
Impact: The right-hander has a stress reaction in his spine. He took a 6-2 loss to Cleveland in his only major league game July 19, allowing three runs and five hits in five innings.
Ezequiel Carrera - #61 - Left Field - 5'10" - 185lbs
News: Carrera went 3 for 4 and scored two runs in Saturday's 8-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Impact: Carrera is 5 for 9 with a double and an RBI in this series.
Ian Kinsler - #3 - Second Base - 6'0" - 200lbs
News: Kinsler went 3 for 5 with three RBIs in Saturday's 8-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Impact: Kinsler is 5 for 15 with six RBIs in the first three games of this series.
News: Cabrera went 4 for 5 with a pair of home runs and scored four runs in his return from an ailing right ankle Monday, a 12-1 rout of Cleveland.
Impact: The AL MVP the past two years, Cabrera left in the fourth inning of the second game of Saturday's day-night doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox after struggling to run out a grounder. He pulled up after being thrown out at first and was replaced in the bottom half of the inning. Cabrera was held out of a 6-2 loss to the White Sox on Sunday.