Detroit Tigers: Jose Iglesias injured, Joba Chamberlain go away, Aaron Harang


Jose Iglesias is injured again, but fear not–its his groin, not his shin and he will be out “a couple of days.”

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Then again, maybe we should fear because these are the Detroit Tigers who never seem to want, or have the ability, to tell a straight story about an injury. We know the long winding road that Justin Verlander‘s “cramp” from Spring Training has lasted (it is now May 8 and J.V. has yet to throw a regular season pitch). We also remember how when Iglesias was injured in last year’s Spring Training, he was originally out ” a couple of days.” That morphed into season-ending surgery.

So yeah don’t be worried, but be worried.

Speaking of worry, just when you think perhaps we’ve all underestimated the bullpen for everyone not named Al Alburquerque, Joba Chamberlain reminds us just how awful he has been most of his time in Detroit. Before the season Brad Ausmus said he would not be an eighth inning option and then Joe Nathan got injured sliding their eighth inning option to the closer’s role. But there are still better 8th inning options than Joba and still Ausmus stuck him out there.

After seeing victory looming on the horizon with just four outs to go on Wednesday (and Mr. 1-2-3 Joakim Soria to pitch in the 9th), Joba allowed four runs to lose the game.

We were all thinking that lately the starters have been the issue and not the bullpen and that the bullpen has actually been holding them in games, particularly Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene started games and then we are brought back to reality.

And that reality is that the Tigers could have done more to fix this issue, which is why we look at one bullpen arm that got away.

Jose Iglesias out ‘couple of days’ – ESPN

"Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday that Iglesias might be out for “a couple of days.”"

Detroit Tigers should keep Joba Chamberlain on a short leash – Patrick OKennedy, Bless You Boys

"There is something to be said for sticking with your veteran pitcher, who has just one out to get, even if he has put two men on. But after a three-run homer and five hits in an inning, you can pretty much tell that he doesn’t have it. From July 24, 2014 to the end of the season, Chamberlain allowed a 5.24 ERA with a WHIP of 1.66, yet Ausmus stuck with him."

Detroit Tigers Should Have Signed Aaron Harang Over The Offseason – Brad Faber, Rant Sports

"Last year, Harang had a resurgent season with the Atlanta Braves, going 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP while tossing 204.1 innings. It was the fourth time he had crossed the 200 inning marker in his career, and it was the first time he had done so since 2007, when he was still a member of the Cincinnati Reds.Obviously, considering the fact that Harang was on the verge of entering his age-37 season, it was easy to wonder whether or not his 2014 campaign would turn out to be for real. Over his first six starts in 2015, however, the grizzled veteran has been able to resume his late-career renaissance."

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