Following Saturday night’s 7-6 12-inning victory over the Boston Red Sox, the Detroit Tigers made a few surprising moves.
General Manager Dave Dombrowski announced to the media after the game that the Tigers had recalled RHP Armando Galarraga and purchased the contract of INF Danny Worth, both promoted from AAA Toledo. The biggest curveball then came this way. It wasn’t Casper Wells returned to the MudHens, but 2B Scott Sizemore and RHP Max Scherzer.
Obviously, neither Sizemore nor Scherzer have been going very well of late, but the moves were understood to mean that these aren’t 10-day vacations here. Dombrowski stated that if and when they begin to play better, they will be back.
For now however, there came even bigger news as Jim Leyland confirmed in the postgame that Carlos Guillen will play second base during his rehab stint and will be the everyday second baseman upon his activation with the Tigers. Until that time, Ramon Santiago, Don Kelly, and Danny Worth will handle the duties.
Obviously, this is huge news for a team that suddenly finds themselves just 1.5 games back of the Twins. For Galarraga, the plan is that he is not making a spot start on Sunday, he is assuming a role in the rotation that will be his until he gives it away. For Guillen, it is just another year with a mid-season position change, and for Brennan Boesch its a sign that he has secured an everyday big league job, at least for awhile.
One thing is for certain, we’re gonna have a lot to talk about around these parts.