The Tigers have yet to determine whether or not suspended shortstop Jhonny Peralta will return to the team once his 50-game suspension is up at the end of September however the writing seems to be on the wall.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers have sent Peralta to their Florida Instructional League to begin a transition to left field a position that the 31-year old infielder hasn’t played in his entire 11-year Major League career. Still despite that factoid, CBS Sports’ Dayn Perry points out that Peralta’s zero experience in the outfield doesn’t seem to phase Dave Dombrowski or manager Jim Leyland.
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But of course you can see the reasoning as to why the Tigers would want to bring Peralta back especially for the postseason. Currently Peralta has a .305/.361/.461 slash line while the Tigers’ left fielders have combined to hit just .263/.329/.389 this season. Now that’s not at all impressive but the team seems prepared to roll dice with Peralta in the outfield or at the very least a nice bat off the bench.