Player News - Tigers

Date: Team: Pos:

Tigers signed LHP Cesar Ramos to a minor league contract.

Ramos elected free agency earlier this month after being removed from the Rangers' 40-man roster. The left-hander will provide some versatile depth with the ability to start or relieve.
Jul 29 - 2:45 PM

Tigers OF prospect Christin Stewart whacked a two-run homer Wednesday in a loss for High-A Lakewood.

It was his only hit of the night. Stewart has absolutely pounded the ball this year. He leads the Florida State League in home runs (22), RBI (62), on base percentage (.412), slugging percentage (.536) and OPS (.947) and is also third in runs scored with 57. His contact rate is somewhat concerning (100 Ks in 323 at-bats) but the Tigers can live with a high strikeout total if Stewart keeps bashing home runs.
Jul 28 - 12:56 PM

Justin Wilson earned his first career save in the Tigers' defeat of the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Francisco Rodriguez had the day off after going an inning on Tuesday and 1 1/3 innings on Monday. Wilson retired Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz, and Jackie Bradley Jr. in order to make Miguel Cabrera's go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth inning fully stick. The left-hander holds a 3.46 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 47/6 K/BB ratio over 39 innings this season for Detroit.
Jul 27 - 4:50 PM

Miguel Cabrera launched a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the ninth inning to push the Tigers past the Red Sox 4-3 on Wednesday afternoon in Boston.

Cabrera pounced on Brad Ziegler with two outs in the top of the ninth to snap a 3-3 tie and secure a three-game sweep for the visiting Tigers. It was Cabrera's 21st home run of the season and the 14th go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later in his 14-year major league career. Cabrera also had two singles in Wednesday's victory and he's now slashing .301/.382/.522 over 101 games this season.
Jul 27 - 4:46 PM

Tigers OF/INF prospect JaCoby Jones homered and drove in two runs Tuesday in Triple-A Toledo's loss to Durham.

He also recorded his 10th stolen base. His three hits matched a season-high while Jones' two-run homer in the seventh was his first round-tripper in over a month. Jones has had a tough time adjusting to Triple-A, batting only .231 with 57 strikeouts in 169 at-bats. He hit .312 with four homers and 20 RBI for Double-A Erie before getting called up in early June.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 27 - 3:21 PM

Drew VerHagen will undergo surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on August 8.

That will obviously end his 2016 season, and it could cut into 2017. The right-hander had a 7.11 ERA and 1.84 WHIP in 19 innings this season out of the Detroit bullpen.
Jul 27 - 1:00 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a walk Tuesday in the Tigers' 9-8 win over the Red Sox on Tuesday.

He could have had another RBI in the ninth, except Justin Upton was picked off second base prior to his single. The start tonight was Salty's fourth in six days, as the Tigers seem to have grown impatient waiting for James McCann's bat to come around. Saltalamacchia is hitting just .206 himself, but since half of his hits have gone for extra bases and he's walked 30 times in 192 plate appearances, his OPS stands at .766. McCann's is .539.
Jul 26 - 11:22 PM

Cameron Maybin is dealing with an injury to the right side of his rib cage.

A rib popped out and had to be put back in place, per George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press. That explains why Maybin has been absent from the Tigers' starting lineup for the last three games. He did say he's feeling better Tuesday and this doesn't sound like it's going to be a disabled list situation.
Jul 26 - 4:39 PM

J.D. Martinez (elbow) will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Toledo.

Martinez will be eased in as the DH as he makes his way back from a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow. He admitted Monday that he'll have to deal with pain for the rest of the season, but he wants to make it back with the Tigers still in the mix. "My bat worries me more than my throwing," said Martinez. "Timing-wise and arm-wise. I feel it puts more stress on my elbow hitting than it does throwing."
Jul 26 - 8:38 AM

Justin Verlander held the mighty Red Sox offense to one run over six innings in Monday's 4-2 victory.

The Red Sox ran up his pitch count as they do with most opposing hurlers, as Verlander needed 110 pitches to get through his six frames. The right-hander held the Red Sox in check, though, as he gave up just five hits and two walks while striking out five. Verlander has yielded just six runs over his last five starts since his blowout outing against the Indians. He'll face the Astros his next time out.
Jul 25 - 11:53 PM

Francisco Rodriguez retired all four batters he faced to record his 28th save of the season in Monday's win over the Red Sox.

The Tigers turned to K-Rod with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth, and he got Mookie Betts to ground into a fielder's choice. The closer then retired the Red Sox 1-2-3 in the ninth. K-Rod has mostly been excellent since a couple rough outings in April.
Jul 25 - 11:40 PM

Jose Iglesias singled and smacked a two-run homer in Monday's victory over the Red Sox.

Drew Pomeranz had held the Tigers off the scoreboard until Iglesias launched a towering blast over the Green Monster with one out in the sixth inning. He also singled and scored in the eighth. Iglesias has batted second each of the last two nights with Cameron Maybin sitting out with a back ailment.
Jul 25 - 11:31 PM

Daniel Norris (oblique) will make another minor league rehab start with Double-A Erie.

It's not a big surprise, as Norris gave up five runs on five hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings on Saturday with Triple-A Toledo. He'll hope for better results in his next rehab outing. The southpaw has been out since early July with an oblique injury.
Jul 25 - 4:31 PM

Cameron Maybin is absent from the Tigers' starting lineup Monday against the Red Sox.

Andrew Romine will start in center field and bat ninth versus Boston lefty Drew Pomeranz. Maybin was also held out of action Sunday, so there could be an injury.
Jul 25 - 3:43 PM

Jordan Zimmermann (neck) went four scoreless innings Sunday in his rehab debut with Triple-A Toledo.

Zimmermann scattered four hits over his four shutout frames against the Triple-A affiliate of the Orioles, striking out two and walking none. He only threw 50 pitches, so another minor league rehab start is undoubtedly coming before he returns to the Detroit rotation. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since July 2 because of a right neck strain.
Jul 25 - 10:01 AM


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