Often during the Dave Dombrowski era, when the Detroit Tigers have received bad news, they have been quick to react. After announcing earlier today that shortstop Jose Iglesias would miss the entire 2014 season, the team has decided to call up shortstop Eugenio Suarez from AAA Toledo.
The news was first reported by a Tweet from MiLB.com.
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) June 4, 2014
The Tigers clearly needed to do something to shake things up. As Grant stated earlier, Andrew Romine was clearly wearing out his welcome. If Romine can’t be counted to make the plays defensively, and can’t hit, he can’t really be counted on anymore. There is no guarantee Suarez is the answer. He’s only been in Toledo for 12 games after being originally assigned to AA Erie. His .284 average over 42 games with six homers and 29 RBIs warranted the promotion to the Mud Hens. There he went on an immediate tear and posted 13 hits (2 homers) and seven RBIs in 43 AAA at-bats. He is sporting an OPS of .484 in those 12 games.
Suarez figures to be a slight downgrade defensively than Romine, but the team is clearly hoping he can add some punch to a rather punchless lineup of late. The Tigers have not officially announced this move and a corresponding move to send someone down has yet to be made.
I’m willing to bet it will be little used Danny Worth (unless they want to use him in the bullpen some more), but that will remain to be seen. Check back here and we’ll update as soon as the corresponding move is announced.
It’s official: Eugenio Suarez called up, Danny Worth designated for assignment.
— James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) June 4, 2014