TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

J.D. Martinez begins Triple-A rehab stint

Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez began an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday at Durham. Martinez served as the Mud Hens' designated hitter.
Via Tigers.com
1 hour ago

Fenway brings back memories for Ausmus

Many will never forget being at their first Major League ballgame, including Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.
Via Tigers.com
2 hours ago

Shane Greene is thriving in the Tigers' bullpen

The Tigers have found themselves another shutdown reliever. Who has been the Detroit Tigers’ best reliever in 2016? Well, Francisco Rodriguez is the closer and has the lowest ERA on the team at 2.70. Justin Wilson has the most strikeouts (46), the lowest FIP (1.61), and the highest fWAR total (1.5). But former starter Shane Greene makes a case for himself with the second-highest...
Via Bless You Boys
10 hours ago

Tigers’ Jordan Zimmermann goes 4 innings in rehab start, J.D. Martinez begins rehab

The Tigers’ three injured players are making varied progress in their respective recoveries. The Tigers are in need of stability in the rotation as the MLB trade deadline approaches, but part of that is getting Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris back. Both are now on rehab assignments, though the latter isn’t progressing as rapidly as the team would’ve hoped. On the bright...
Via Bless You Boys
10 hours ago

Tigers need more aggressive bullpen management from Brad Ausmus

This means more four-out saves from Francisco Rodriguez, Brad. Throughout his tenure in Detroit, Tigers fans have been quick to criticize manager Brad Ausmus. While we fans cannot speak to Ausmus’ leadership qualities in the clubhouse — by far the most important aspect of a manager’s performance, in my opinion — his in-game decision-making has been extremely frustrating....
Via Bless You Boys
12 hours ago

Detroit Tigers: Deadline help could come from within

At the completion of Monday night’s games across baseball, the Detroit Tigers sat 5 1/2 games behind the division leading Cleveland Indians and 4 games back in the American League Wild Card chase. This status in the standings leaves the Tigers in a tricky predicament. They aren’t bad enough to be sellers like the Yankees or Padres, but they also don’t have the ability to make...
Via isportsweb.com
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Verlander outpitches Pomeranz, Tigers beat Red Sox 4-2

BOSTON (AP) Justin Verlander gave the Detroit Tigers a quality start Monday night, and they capitalized. They could use more of that in a tightening AL Central race. Jose Iglesias hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, Verlander pitched six solid innings and the Tigers beat the Red Sox 4-2 to spoil Drew Pomeranz's second start with Boston. Victor Martinez and James McCann also...
Via Associated Press
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Motor City Uncut 111: Brad Ausmus’ fear of using pinch hitters may be killing the Tigers (AUDIO)

Catch Dorf, Adam Hernandez and Shawn Bell LIVE every Monday night at 7PM ET for Motor City Uncut right here on the TMSNX Radio DETROIT.THEMAJORS.NET! Is Brad Ausmus‘ almost fear of using the pinch hitter costing the Tigers? On this week’s show we take a look at Ausmus’ hesitation of using a pinch hitter late in games and his illogical reasons for lets say not using a Tyler...
Via The Majors Detroit
23 hours ago

Tigers lose two in the ninth as Ausmus leaves K-Rod in the bullpen

The Detroit Tigers are a team with several very talented players and several major holes. That leaves them with no margin of error, so they can’t afford to give away games with poor bullpen usage. Sunday, though, they lost twice on ninth-inning walk-off hits by the Chicago White Sox without Francisco Rodriguez touching the mound. […] The post Tigers lose two in the ninth as Ausmus...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

Tigers option RHP Buck Farmer to Triple-A Toledo

According to a statement released by MLB Roster Moves on Sunday, the Detroit Tigers have once again optioned right-handed relief pitcher Buck Farmer down to Triple-A Toledo. Arguably the most traveled player in all of baseball this year, Farmer has continued to waver between the “Motor City” and Triple-A Toledo thus far into the 2016 […] The post Tigers option RHP Buck Farmer...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

GM: Tigers likely to stand pat at deadline; praises Ausmus

CHICAGO (AP) Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila believes his current roster is good enough to reach the postseason and anticipates standing pat at the Aug. 1 trade deadline. Avila also praised manager Brad Ausmus on Saturday, but said any talk on picking up his option for 2017 or a possible longer extension won't be made until the end of the season. ''This is a team that...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers need Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris back

The Detroit Tigers are only a few games out of a wildcard spot and their playoff chances are there for the taking. The division might be harder to win especially with the starting pitching problem the Tigers currently have. There isn’t a lot of starting pitchers on the trade market, so the Tigers need to get Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris back fast. Zimmermann has begun throwing...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Upton: Tigers still feel we can win division

The Detroit Tigers are one of a handful of teams who need to decide before the Aug. 1 trade deadline if they want to be buyers or sellers. If Justin Upton was in charge, the decision would be a no-brainer. The Tigers lost five of seven games heading into the All-Star break, but they have won three of four on the other side. They remain 5.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Checking in on the Pitching Rotations

Relief pitching is still a major issue within the Detroit Tigers organization.  The starting pitching rotation has shown improvement since I last wrote about their woes, but the disabled list has taken Jordan Zimmermann (neck strain) and Daniel Norris (right oblique strain). The starting unit has consisted of Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, Mike Pelfrey, Anibal...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

James McCann: A Tigers Catcher on his Craft

James McCann remains a work in progress, but he’s established himself as more than Detroit’s catcher of the future. The 26-year-old University of Arkansas product is entrenched as the Tigers’ primary backstop, having earned the lion’s share of playing time thanks to solid defense and strong leadership skills. The one thing McCann hasn’t been providing is offense. The second...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera gave up at-bat to help Eric Hosmer win All-Star MVP

Even though his Detroit Tigers are division rivals of the Kansas City Royals, that didn’t stop Miguel Cabrera from doing a really cool thing for Eric Hosmer in Tuesday night’s All-Star game. After Hosmer homered in the second inning and drove in a run in the third, Cabrera, realizing that the Royals first baseman was in position to win the game MVP, told AL manager Ned Yost he...
Via The Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Rob Manfred rejects idea that rise in home runs is due to PEDs, ball changes

No one in baseball, including Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, isn’t aware of the spike in home runs throughout the first half of the 2016 season. However, given baseball’s recent history with performance enhancing drugs, one’s mind would be forgiven for wondering if PEDs had anything to do with the sudden rise in homers this season. Manfred, addressing the...
Via The Comeback
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Detroit Tigers Can’t Afford to Sell

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Don’t throw good money after bad.” Simply put, don’t waste more money on what is already a losing proposition. There might be an argument that this wisdom has some relevance to the Detroit Tigers, that the Tigers have reached the moment where it’s time to focus on the future instead of the present. Consider: the club possesses a...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit outfielder Anthony Gose gets into argument with minor league manager

Demotions are never easy to take, but apparently Detroit Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose has not figure out how to deal with a demotion from opening day starter at center field to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. According to an ESPN report, Gose got into a rather heated argument with Toledo manager Lloyd McClendon prior to the first game of a double-header on Saturday. The argument...
Via The Comeback
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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