Banged up Tigers down to 1 reserve position player

The Detroit Tigers are down to only one position player on their

bench for Saturday night’s game against the New York Yankees.

Catchers Alex Avila and Gerald Laird are both sitting out with

right hamstring tightness, and outfielder Andy Dirks is nursing a

problem with his right Achilles tendon. None of those three are

available for Saturday’s game, but the Tigers haven’t put any of

them on the disabled list.

That leaves infielder Ramon Santiago as the lone reserve at

manager Jim Leyland’s disposal.

Dirks had an MRI that showed inflammation.

Detroit did transfer left-hander Daniel Schlereth from the

15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL, opening a spot on the team’s

40-man roster if needed. Schlereth has been out with left shoulder