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Detroit Tigers: Implications moving forward of potential suspensions from win over Yankees

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 24: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees lays on the ground during a bench clearing fight in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 24: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees lays on the ground during a bench clearing fight in the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – AUGUST 24: Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates a 10-6 win over the New York Yankees with James McCann #34 at Comerica Park on August 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Implications moving forward

At this point, we don’t know who will get suspended, if there are suspensions. However—and this is all speculative mind you— if Major League Baseball hands down suspensions for the Tigers, the most likely candidates are Miguel Cabrera and Alex Wilson.

Cabrera obviously got into the exchange with Austin Romine that escalated the first brawl. Meanwhile, Wilson threw at and hit Frazier later in the game after Betances hit McCann in the head.

Should either player miss time, Detroit will be forced to lean on its reserves.

John Hicks stands out as the most likely candidate to see time at first base in the interim, while Daniel Stumpf will step in for Wilson as Shane Greene’s primary setup man.

Given the number of offensive weapons in Detroit’s lineup, the Tigers should be able to make up for Cabrera’s offense in the short term.

However, if Alex Wilson is suspended, other pitchers will have to step up in the bullpen.

Stumpf is the most obvious candidate to fill in for the right-hander in late-game situations, but manager Brad Ausmus could turn to young power pitchers Joe Jimenez and Zac Reininger as well.

Next: Tigers should be making moves similar to the Mikie Mahtook deal

The Detroit Tigers return to action Friday in Chicago against the White Sox at 8:10 pm Eastern time.

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