During Wednesday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Tigers catcher Gerald Laird left the game in the fifth inning due to cramping in his right hamstring as a result of sliding in to second base.
After the game the Tigers made one roster move promoting pitcher Jacob Turner to the 25 man roster for his start Thursday in the third and final game of the series with the Cardinals. The Tigers are also expected to activate starting catcher Alex Avila off the DL after his rehab stint with Triple-A Toledo. When this happens, one other move will have to be made.
At this point it’s unclear whether or not Laird will remain day-to-day with Bryan Holaday being sent down or Laird going on the DL.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland feared the worse when witnessing Laird slide into second.
“My initial thought was probably DL, because it looked maybe like a pulled groin area or something,” Leyland said shortly after the game. “I wasn’t really sure what it was. But they’re telling me it cramped up on him. It’ll be reevaluated tomorrow to see what we have to do. It’s obviously pretty simple: Holaday will either stay and Laird will go on the DL or Holaday will go down.”
Laird though wasn’t as worried…
“I think I’m going to be fine,” he said. “I think it’s just going to be a day-to-day thing.”
Valverde diagnosed with sprained wrist
Tigers closer Jose Valverde was diagnosed with a sprained wrist Wednesday after injuring it during warm ups in the pen Tuesday. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said technically the injury was to his flexor tendon and should be out to for the next four to five days. Because of this Valverde isn’t expected to go on the DL but he will be re-evaluated again next week.
Schlereth and Alburquerque slowing making their way back
Both Daniel Schlereth and Al Aburquerque are working their way back after long stints on the disabled list. Schlereth has been rehabbing in Denver, Colorado after being placed on the 60-day DL due to shoulder tendonitis.
At this point Schlereth is throwing from 120 feet and could be ready to throw from the mound soon. When that happens he’ll likely head to Lakeland, Florida where Alburquerque is currently going through a rehabilitation program.
Alburquerque was scheduled to throw a side session Wednesday however it’s unclear how that went and if he’s still on track to return to the Tigers around the All-Star Break.
Smyly to have a rehab start Thursday with Toledo
Rookie LHP Drew Smyly is scheduled to start for the Toledo Mud Hens Thursday as part of a rehabilitation assignment.
It’s anticipated that Smyly will throw three innings against Philadelphia Phillies affiliate Lehigh Valley.
Smyly has been sidelined on the 15-day DL since June 11th when he suffered a nasty blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. It’s expected that Smyly will be ready to return to the Tigers once he’s eligible to come off the DL on June 26th.
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