Player News - Tigers

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Tyler Collins (neck) slugged a pinch-hit solo homer Sunday in the Tigers' loss to the White Sox.

Collins' solo shot in the top of the ninth inning off Chicago closer David Robertson was part of a three-homer barrage that tied the game at 4-4. But the White Sox rallied in the bottom of the frame to grab the 5-4 walkoff win. Collins had been sidelined for a couple of days due to muscle spasms in his neck.
Jul 25 - 6:23 AM

Tigers optioned RHP Buck Farmer to Triple-A Toledo.

Farmer was with the club just for one day as the 26th man for Sunday's quasi-doubleheader against the White Sox. He'll continue to provide depth for the Tigers at Triple-A.
Jul 24 - 10:10 PM

Anibal Sanchez allowed four earned runs over six innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the White Sox.

Detroit wound up losing in the bottom of the ninth inning, with Bruce Rondon taking the loss. Sanchez got lit up for 10 hits, including an Adam Eaton three-run shot in the bottom of the second inning. The right-hander has a 6.56 ERA on the year and could be pushed out of the Detroit rotation before his next scheduled turn.
Jul 24 - 6:09 PM

Daniel Norris (oblique) will make a minor league rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Saturday.

Norris is fighting his way back from oblique injury. As long as everything goes well on Saturday, he could be cleared to rejoin the Tigers' rotation next week.
Jul 23 - 2:25 PM

Jordan Zimmermann (neck) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.

Zimmermann has been sidelined since the end of June with a strained neck, so he's likely to need at least two rehab starts before he's deemed ready to rejoin the Tigers rotation. Matt Boyd will continue to hold down that rotation spot for the time being.
Jul 23 - 2:23 PM

Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-4 and drove home a pair of runs on Friday, leading the Tigers to a 7-5 victory over the White Sox in Chicago.

Cabrera delivered a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning that broke a 5-5 tie and stood as the difference in the ballgame. The first run that scored on that play gave the veteran slugger 1500 RBI for his big league career, a milestone that has only been achieved by 55 other players in MLB history. Even though he has slumped as of late, Cabrera is still hitting .300/.376/.515 with 19 homers and 56 RBI on the year.
Jul 23 - 12:45 AM

Michael Fulmer had a rare off-night on Friday, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits over five innings in a no-decision against the White Sox.

Fulmer walked two and struck out four in the ballgame. He made one costly mistake in the fifth inning, a high fastball that Justin Morneau clubbed for a three-run homer, in an otherwise decent outing. It was the first time in his last 11 starts that Fulmer had surrendered more than two earned runs in a start. He'll bring a stellar 2.41 ERA and 1.10 WHIP into a tough matchup against the Red Sox in Boston on Wednesday.
Jul 23 - 12:28 AM

Jordan Zimmermann (neck) could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo as soon as this weekend.

Zimmermann threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Thursday, which was his second time throwing from the bump since going down with a strained neck. He's expected to need two rehab starts before being activated from the disabled list. "We’ll see how far he goes in the first one," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "I’d say he probably needs two. But we’ll let him tell us how he feels and see how deep he goes in the first one."
Jul 22 - 10:40 AM

J.D. Martinez (elbow) took batting practice on Thursday.

It's the first time he's done so since suffering a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow. That's the good news. The bad news is Martinez still isn't feeling 100 percent when he throws. It's possible the Tigers could bring him back to serve as a designated hitter initially. "It still bothers him to throw, not so much to hit," manager Brad Ausmus said. "We’re trying to figure it out. If he can hit and we think he’s close to being able to throw, when is the time to send him down and maybe have him DH for ‘X’ number of games and then put him in the outfield so he gets some at-bats?"
Jul 22 - 10:38 AM

Tyler Collins (neck) remains out of the Tigers' lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

Collins was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to neck spasms and required a "chiropractic adjustment." Mike Aviles will get another start in the outfield.
Jul 21 - 4:57 PM

J.D. Martinez (elbow) could take batting practice on the field Thursday.

Assuming the weather cooperates, it would be his first time taking BP since suffering a fracture in his right elbow last month. Tigers manager Brad Asmus said Monday that Martinez is still a couple of weeks away, but he's making progress.
Jul 21 - 4:09 PM

Anibal Sanchez will start against the White Sox on Sunday.

Sanchez has struggled mightily this season, but struck out 11 in his last outing and showed enough to earn another start. With Daniel Norris (oblique) currently out on a rehab assignment and nearing a return to the Tigers, this could well be Sanchez's last shot to impress in the rotation.
Jul 20 - 7:52 PM

Francisco Rodriguez allowed three runs -- one earned -- in the ninth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Twins.

Rodriguez was brought in with the game tied 1-1 and got the first two outs easily, but Max Kepler slugged a go-ahead solo homer, Kennys Vargas reached on a K-Rod throwing error, and then Eddie Rosario cranked a two-run insurance blast over the right-center field wall. Rodriguez took the loss, his first of the season.
Jul 20 - 4:26 PM

Justin Verlander pitched eight innings of one-run ball but took a no-decision Wednesday versus the Twins.

Francisco Rodriguez surrendered three runs (one earned) in the ninth inning to give the Twins the game. Verlander did his part, yielding just two hits and two walks while striking out nine. The one run he gave up came on a first-inning solo shot by Joe Mauer. Verlander will carry a cool 3.74 ERA and 1.08 WHIP into his next start on the road against the Red Sox. He has a stellar 139/37 K/BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings this season.
Jul 20 - 4:19 PM

Tyler Collins was scratched from the Tigers' lineup Wednesday because of neck spasms.

Mike Aviles will draw the start in right field and bat seventh versus Twins right-hander Ervin Santana. Collins is probably going to be labeled as day-to-day.
Jul 20 - 12:49 PM


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