Tigers recalled RHP Drew VerHagen from Triple-A Toledo; placed him on the 60-day disabled list.
The move clears a spot on the Tigers' 40-man roster for James McCann. VerHagen has been out since mid-July with a stress fracture in his back and is now officially done of the year.
Adam LaRoche left Monday's game against the Dodgers after aggravating his back injury.
LaRoche missed a game last week due to back soreness, but the injury is worse this time. He'll be re-evaluated on Tuesday before the Nationals know how much time he'll miss. LaRoche was hitless in three at-bats Monday before exiting.
Denard Span homered twice and knocked in three runs in Monday's 6-4 win over the Dodgers.
Span launched a solo shot in the third inning and added a solo shot in his next at-bat in the fifth. It was his second career multi-homer game and his first since 2008. After hitting just one homer over his first 122 games this season, he now has three in his last five games. Span has enjoyed a fantastic season, putting up a .299/.349/.416 batting line with 85 runs scored and 27 stolen bases over 127 games.
Gio Gonzalez yielded three runs over six-plus innings Monday in a win over the Dodgers.
Gonzalez gave up a two-run homer to Matt Kemp in the first inning and the final run scored after he was pulled in favor of Drew Storen in the seventh despite throwing just 74 pitches. The southpaw was very efficient, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out four. The win was his first since July 5. He'll bring a 3.89 ERA into a start against the Phillies this weekend.
Roberto Hernandez was chased after allowing five runs over 4 1/3 innings Monday against the Nationals.
Hernandez gave up a career-high four home runs in the loss, including a pair to Washington leadoff man Denard Span. He now owns a 4.61 ERA and 19/9 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings over five starts with the Dodgers. We're not expecting much in the way of fantasy relevance in September.