Tigers right hander Ryan Perry has arrived in Seattle and will be activated ahead of today’s series finale with the Seattle Mariners, according to MLB.com’s Jason Beck. Perry, who has spent the past 15 days recovering from an infected left eye, will give an immediate boost to the Tigers bullpen.
In order to make room for Perry, the Tigers will have to make a roster move. With no other known injuries to the pitching staff, my guess is that they will designate right hander Enrique Gonzalez for assignment. Gonzalez is out of options and must pass through waivers in order to be demoted to the minor leagues. The Tigers DFA’d Gonzalez at the end of last season, but he went unclaimed and made the club as a non-roster player in Spring Training.
In five appearances this season, Gonzalez has no record, but an ERA of 11.81. He has worked 5.1 innings, allowing eight hits, seven runs (all earned) and six walks while striking out two. He tossed 1.2 innings of relief last night, allowing two hits and four walks, but escaped without allowing a run.
As I said, this is just my guess and nothing has officially come out about the corresponding roster move as of yet, but Gonzalez seems the most likely choice. I will update this post (or write a whole new one) when the move is made officially.
VMart, Zumaya Updates
If you came around these parts yesterday looking for updates on a pair of Tigers injuries, you noticed that there were none. I was in bed all day with a rough bout with the flu, but I’m back on the horse today. Sadly, the same cannot be said for Victor Martinez. VMart strained his right groin on Saturday and was out of the lineup Sunday. He got a start on Monday but lasted only one at bat before being removed with a strained groin. Apparently, VMart re-injured the groin in his sole plate appearance Monday and has wound up on the 15-day disabled list.
The Tigers purchased the contract of catcher Omir Santos from Triple-A Toledo yesterday with Santos also claiming the 40-man roster spot vacated by Joel Zumaya when the Tigers transferred him to the 60-day DL on Monday.
Zumaya went through a battery of tests with Dr. James Andrews recently and while the good news is that there is no nerve damage in his elbow, as originally was feared, there also is still no diagnosis as to what is causing the lingering discomfort in his right arm. The Tigers team physician will review the test results and confer with Andrews, head trainer Kevin Rand, and Zumaya and his agent to determine the next course of action. A diagnostic surgery remains a possibility for Zumaya, which would knock him out of action for a significant amount of time.