Player News - Tigers

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Francisco Rodriguez imploded in the ninth inning on Saturday, surrendering five runs on four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning in a heart-breaking loss to the Royals.

K-Rod had a two-run lead and the Royals down to their final strike until all hell broke loose. Paulo Orlando delivered a two-run double to tie the game at 4-4 and then Eric Hosmer dealt the finishing blow with a towering three-run homer to right field. Rodriguez has been excellent at the back end of the Tigers bullpen this season, but this one is especially painful given their tenuous hold on the final wild card spot in the American League.
Sep 24 - 5:31 PM

Daniel Norris pitched well in a tough-luck no-decision against the Royals on Saturday, surrendering two runs on six hits over his 5 2/3 innings.

The rookie left-hander racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon while walking two. The Royals scratched out a run in the second inning then added a solo shot off the bat of Kendrys Morales in the sixth, and that was the extent of their offense against him. He departed with a two-run lead and in line for his fourth victory before Francisco Rodriguez melted down in the ninth inning. He'll carry a 3.59 ERA and 1.44 WHIP into a critical matchup against the Indians at home on Thursday.
Sep 24 - 5:28 PM

Jordan Zimmermann is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Monday.

He's still trying to correct his ills on the side without effecting the Tigers in live game action. Until he gets his mechanics back in order, it would be surprising to see him make another start for the Tigers as they push for a wild card berth.
Sep 24 - 10:52 AM

Nick Castellanos (hand) is scheduled to play in an instructional league game in Florida on Monday.

It has been a slow recovery process for the Tigers' third baseman who has been on the shelf since August 6 with a fractured hand. He's still hoping to return to the club before the end of the regular season.
Sep 24 - 10:46 AM

Justin Upton homered for the second consecutive day, helping to power the Tigers to an 8-3 victory over the Royals in Friday's series-opener at Comerica Park.

The victory, the club's fifth straight, keeps the Tigers in the driver's seat for a wild card berth in the American League. Teammates Victor Martinez and Cameron Maybin also left the yard in the ballgame. Upton has been on an absolute tear since receiving three days off to clear his head last month, hitting .292 (31-for-106) with 14 homers and 35 RBI over his last 30 games.
Sep 23 - 10:24 PM

Michael Fulmer was fantastic in Friday's victory over the Royals, racking up nine strikeouts over seven innings of one-run ball.

The rookie right-hander scattered just eight hits on the night and didn't walk a batter. The only blemish on his evening was a run that scored on an infield single in the sixth inning. He has been a savior to the Tigers rotation this season, compiling a 2.95 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 129/39 K/BB ratio across 155 2/3 innings. He'll take his final turn of the regular season on Wednesday against the Indians.
Sep 23 - 10:22 PM

Jose Iglesias has been diagnosed with a right hand contusion and is listed as day-to-day.

The defensive wizard was hit in the hand by an errant throw while running the bases in Friday's victory over the Royals. It wouldn't be surprising to see Andrew Romine start in his place on Saturday.
Sep 23 - 9:51 PM

Jose Iglesias was forced to leave Friday's game against the Royals after being hit on the hand by an errant throw.

Iglesias got drilled on the right hand by a wild throw from Cheslor Cuthbert as he crossed first base. He remained in the game to run for himself, but was replaced by Andrew Romine defensively the next half inning. Expect the Tigers to provide an update on his status after the conclusion of Friday's game.
Sep 23 - 9:42 PM

Ian Kinsler (head) is back in the Tigers' lineup Friday.

Kinsler hasn't played since being hit in the head with a pitch on Sunday, but he's no longer experiencing post-concussion symptoms. He's at second base and batting leadoff against Danny Duffy and the Royals.
Sep 23 - 4:24 PM

Buck Farmer will start on Monday against the Indians.

Farmer had been slated to make a spot start on Wednesday versus the Twins, but that game was rained out. He holds a 4.07 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over 24 1/3 innings for the Tigers this season but did throw 4 1/3 scoreless relief frames in his last appearance.
Sep 23 - 4:21 PM

Jordan Zimmermann said Thursday that he feels "good" but admitted he's "a little inconsistent" when throwing out of the windup.

Zimmermann has thrown a couple simulated games as he tries to get his mechanics in order. "I feel good," he said. "My body and everything feels good. I feel really good out of the stretch. The wind-up is the only thing, and I still throw pretty well out of the wind-up. It’s just a little inconsistent, which I guess is expected when I got down three times and build back up three times." Zimmermann added that he feels like "I can go out there and compete and pitch," but the Tigers will have him throw another simulated game Monday. It's possible he could make a start in Atlanta during the final weekend of the season.
Sep 23 - 10:14 AM

Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth to preserve the Tigers' 4-2 win over the Twins on Thursday, earning his 44th save in the process.

Rodriguez trotted out for the ninth inning with the Tigers holding a 4-2 lead. He would keep it that way, striking out one while throwing 10 of his 11 pitches for strikes. The veteran closer is 44-of-48 in save opportunities this season and has pitched to a 2.54 ERA and 48/20 K/BB ratio across 56 2/3 innings.
Sep 22 - 11:34 PM

Justin Verlander had the strikeout working in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Twins, fanning 11 while allowing two runs over six innings.

With the 11 strikeouts under his belt, Verlander has struck out double-digit batters in seven starts this season. The only real blemishes on his line came in the form of a pair of solo home runs (Juan Centeno, Byron Buxton). This has been a persistent issue for the veteran hurler, as he has now coughed up 30 long balls for the season. On the whole, though, Verlander has put forth a fine campaign. He will carry a 3.21 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 234/55 K/BB ratio (213 innings) into a home start against the Indians next time he toes the rubber.
Sep 22 - 11:23 PM

Justin Upton hit his 26th homer and walked twice Thursday as the Tigers topped the Twins 9-2 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Upton has eight homers in September after not hitting more than five in any previous month. He's still not hitting for average at all, but the Tigers still have to be thrilled about the production.
Sep 22 - 7:02 PM

Anibal Sanchez pitched five innings and allowed one run and two hits against the Twins in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader.

That takes his ERA all of the way down to 5.77. Still, the solid showing should ensure that Sanchez makes at least one more start next week. It's possible he'll pitch twice.
Sep 22 - 6:59 PM


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