Player News - Tigers

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Warwick Saupold was arrested for simple assault over the weekend in Toledo, Ohio.

Pirates minor leaguers Gift Ngoepe and Dovydas Neverauskas were also involved in the apparent scuffle at the Bronze Boar, a bar across the street from the Toledo Mud Hens' stadium. Those two have been suspended by the Bucs through the remainder of the Triple-A season, and Saupold is probably facing a similar punishment from the Tigers. That would obviously affect his standing as a potential September callup.
Aug 30 - 5:36 PM

Tigers optioned RHP Matt Boyd to Triple-A Toledo.

Boyd allowed two runs over four innings in his most recent start on Monday against the White Sox. This move gives the Tigers an extra arm for their bullpen. Boyd should be back in a few days.
Aug 30 - 3:06 PM

Tigers optioned INF Casey McGehee to Triple-A Toledo.

McGehee has seen a lot of time at third base lately with Nick Castellanos sidelined, but he's batting just .232 (19-for-82) with one double over 22 games with the Tigers this season. The 33-year-old figures to return in September.
Aug 30 - 3:03 PM

Tigers recalled LHP Blaine Hardy from Triple-A Toledo.

Hardy has posted a 4.96 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 15 appearances with the Tigers this year. He'll pitch in middle relief.
Aug 30 - 2:59 PM

Tigers purchased the contract of OF/INF JaCoby Jones from Triple-A Toledo.

Jones, 24, has hit .257/.327/.407 with seven homers and 13 steals in 99 games this season between Double- and Triple-A. He has seen the bulk of his playing time in center field this season, but he has also played both corner infield positions. This is relevant with both Nick Castellanos and Cameron Maybin sidelined.
Aug 30 - 2:57 PM

Tigers sent OF Alex Presley outright to Triple-A Toledo.

Presley cleared waivers after being designated for assignment over the weekend. He accepted the assignment to Triple-A and will give the Tigers some insurance for Cameron Maybin and his injured thumb.
Aug 30 - 12:01 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Cameron Maybin will go for an MRI on his left thumb on Tuesday.

Maybin exited Monday's game with what was termed as a bruised left thumb. The Tigers are calling him day-to-day after X-rays came back negative, but obviously there's reason for concern given that he recently had a stint on the disabled list with the same thumb. More should be known on his status on Tuesday.
Aug 29 - 11:19 PM

Matt Boyd gave up just two runs but lasted only four innings in Monday's 4-3 victory over the White Sox.

He was able to limit the damage for the most part, but Boyd had to be pulled after needing 94 pitches to navigate through his four frames. He yielded seven hits, walked two and struck out three on the night. Boyd had given up only four runs across his last three starts before Monday's abbreviated outing. He'll take on the Royals on the road this weekend.
Aug 29 - 11:19 PM

Francisco Rodriguez notched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his 37th save of the season in Monday's win over the White Sox.

Rodriguez was protecting a precious one-run lead but faced little resistance from the Pale Hose, getting a groundout, lineout and flyout on just nine pitches. K-Rod has five straight scoreless appearances after a rough little stretch at the beginning of August.
Aug 29 - 11:11 PM

Jarrod Saltalamacchia slugged a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning of Monday's win over the White Sox.

It was a back-and-forth affair between the two division rivals, but Salty's dinger off of tough reliever Nate Jones put the Tigers up for good. He plays second fiddle to James McCann and is batting just .192/.306/.404 overall this season, but Saltalamacchia has pretty much given the Tigers what they were hoping for with 12 home runs.
Aug 29 - 11:08 PM

Cameron Maybin exited Monday's game against the White Sox with an apparent injury to his left thumb.

Uh oh. Maybin made his return last weekend after missing a couple of weeks with a left thumb sprain and it appears that he aggravated the injury while attempting to steal second base in the fifth inning. The Tigers should pass along an update soon. Tyler Collins replaced Maybin in the lineup.
Aug 29 - 9:06 PM

Ian Kinsler will bat second Monday against the White Sox.

Kinsler has batted leadoff in all 123 of his starts this season, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is trying something different. Cameron Maybin will bat leadoff against James Shields.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Whether it's the lead-off spot or not, Kinsler is in an excellent position to succeed at home against James Shields. The White Sox hurler has allowed a 2.29 HR/9 rate to RH bats to go along with an incredibly weak 8.1 K-BB%, so Kinsler is just one of a few Tigers worth targeting heavily this evening. Not only is the long ball a problem, but Shields has allowed a ton of hard contact to RH bats - he enters tonight with a 25.9 Hd-Sft% vs. RH bats on the season.
Aug 29 - 4:23 PM

Michael Fulmer will have his next start pushed back to Saturday against the Royals.

The Tigers have been trying to give Fulmer some extra rest recently, as it's possible that he's hitting a wall in his rookie season. He has allowed nine runs in 10 2/3 innings over his last two starts. While Fulmer will be pushed back a day, Anibal Sanchez will get the start on Friday.
Aug 29 - 4:18 PM

Nick Castellanos (hand) played catch Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list.

But he can only receive soft throws at this point and isn't close to hitting. Castellanos suffered a broken hand on August 6 when he was struck by a Logan Verrett pitch. He'll try to make it back by mid-September, but it might be more like late September.
Aug 29 - 3:56 PM

Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

The double was Cabrera's 27th of the season, but the Tigers just couldn't find any sort of sustained offensive punch against Tyler Skaggs and friends. They were shut out 5-0, with Cabrera's two hits representing half of their team hit total. The veteran slugger is slashing .311/.386/.546 with 28 homers and 80 RBI over 482 at-bats. He may be 33 years old, but he remains one of the steadiest fantasy bats around.
Aug 28 - 5:32 PM


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