After a double header this past Saturday that was followed by a short start on Sunday and a 14-inning game on Monday, the Tigers are using Brandon Inge‘s injury to add reinforcements to the bullpen, at least for today.
Detroit will recall RHP Casey Fien from AAA Toledo in time for tonight’s game against Texas, so says Paul Wezner of TigsTown.com (via twitter). Fien was recalled earlier in the season and pitched in one game for the Tigers, allowing one hit over two innings of work. In 31 games with the MudHens this year, Fien has a 1-1 record and 2.33 ERA, allowing just 36 hits and eight walks (0.950 WHIP) in 46.1 innings of work.
The move is a temporary one, and Fien or a different pitcher (Enrique Gonzalez) will likely be returned to Toledo in order to add a position player to take Inge’s roster spot at some point tomorrow.
The smart money is on Scott Sizemore being the man to come up at that point. Sizemore would presumably take over at second base, shifting Carlos Guillen to third during Inge’s absence. Don Kelly will likely start at third base tonight.
UPDATE: According to Jason Beck, Jim Leyland says no shot at Guillen shifting to third base. Scott Sizemore will play third for Toledo tonight and the Tigers will gauge whether or not they think he can handle the position in the Show.