this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Title says it all. Walk off Grand Slam to beat Toronto 7-3. That gives him 2 HR and 8 RBI the last two games. Raburn has 0 HR and 2 RBI all year. Glad the Tigers kept him.
With Fister going on the DL over the weekend, someone obviously was going to have to take his spot. Well, it looks like the decision has been made (per Chris Iott, MLive):
The Tigers selected Wilk to start Saturday against the White Sox in Chicago. The Tigers needed a starting pitcher to take the place of Doug Fister, who went on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a left costochondral strain.
Andy Oliver and Casey Crosby both struggled in their starts (Sunday and Monday, respectively), while Wilk posted a really solid outing: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 Ks, 0 runs allowed.
The other good news? The player to be demoted to make room for Wilk is Brandon Inge!
Inge will be the designated hitter tonight for the Mud Hens as he begins a rehabilitation assignment from a left hamstring strain. He is eligible to return from the disabled list Saturday.
Let's hope he tears it up in Toledo, thus improving his trade stock, and someone bites and makes an offer for him.
This is from Buster Olney. The Tigers placed Inge and Damon on waivers Thursday. He also tweeted that teams are interested. If they clear waivers, they could be traded. What do you think about getting rid of Inge and Damon? Should they try to get prospects for these guys or keep them and try to resign them for the future?
Supposedly returning to third base and batting sixth in the lineup.
Inge is expected to be in the starting lineup and at third base on Wednesday night against the White Sox at Comerica Park. Jhonny Peralta, the third baseman the Tigers acquired from Cleveland last week to fill in for Inge, could shift to shortstop or designated hitter.
Inge makes the All Star game via the fan vote. I voted, yaay.
Okay, so I'm browsing at mlive, and a link leads me to a discussion of some of the stuff Inge has done, for the sake of voting him into the All-Star game. Based on the direction the list went at the end, it couldn't be avoided.
The list included:
* Inge was a closer in college at VCU, and would come into games from third base without warming up in the bullpen. Against my alma mater, Inge came in and struck out the side with nine straight fastballs, topping out at 96 MPH.
* Inge reportedly hit a home run off of the Comerica Park scoreboard with a metal bat. That scoreboard is well over 500 ft away from home plate.
* He can dunk a basketball, kick a 50-yard field goal, and drive a golf ball 400 yards.
And so I add:
Brandon Inge once hit a home run by giving a ball sitting on the ground a stern look until it picked itself up and ran clear over the center field wall.
Brandon Inge does not drive himself to Comerica Park. He teleports there on pure will power.