Ortega DFA, Evan Reed placed on 40-man roster

To make room for Evan Reed to join the roster, the Tigers have designated Jose Ortega for assignment.

Ortega has pitched in one major league game this year, giving up 4 runs in 1.1 innings. He has spent the rest of the season in Triple-A Toledo.

Evan Reed was the centerpiece of a sexual assault case earlier this season, when a woman accused him of rape. The case was later dismissed in court. Reed has an ERA of 4.88 in 27 games pitched with Detroit this season, last appearing on June 17th against Kansas City.

Tigers game against New York delayed

First pitch scheduled for 8:15 PM EST.

17 straight schedule, Kansas coming to Detroit

With the day off today, Detroit prepares for their schedule that will see 17 games in 16 days. The Tigers upcoming schedule looks like

Aug. 26th: New York Yankees
Aug. 27th: New York Yankees
Aug. 28th: New York Yankees
Aug. 29th: At Chicago White Sox
Aug. 30th: At Chicago White Sox (doubleheader)
Aug. 31th: At Chicago White Sox
Sept. 1st: At Cleveland Indians
Sept. 2nd: At Cleveland Indians
Sept. 3rd: At Cleveland Indians
Sept. 4th: At Cleveland Indians
Sept. 5th: San Francisco Giants
Sept. 6th: San Francisco Giants
Sept. 7th: San Francisco Giants
Sept. 8th: Kansas City Royals
Sept. 9th: Kansas City Royals
Sept. 10th: Kansas City Royals

The Tigers have a relatively favorable schedule from now until September 5th when they play San Francisco who has played good baseball all season. Though the Yankees have a record above .500, their run differential suggests they’ve been winning more games than they should have. Detroit has played better on the road, and having an 8 game road trip against the weaker American League Central opponents could see the Tigers making a push for the division lead by the time Kansas rolls into town, assuming Kansas is to stumble on their upcoming schedule. Including the three games in the upcoming schedule, Detroit and Kansas have six games left in the regular season against each other, a series Detroit desperately needs to take the advantage in.

Rajai Davis removed from game with left thumb contusion

In Sunday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, outfielder Rajai Davis injured his left thumb while stealing second base in the seventh inning. He was pulled after experiencing a contusion and is considered to be day-to-day. Don Kelly took his place in left field.

It is unclear if he will miss any time due to the injury. With the day off on Monday for the Tigers, Tuesday’s batting practice will determine if the injury is bad enough to keep Davis out of the lineup.

Davis is batting .289/.327/.416 with 6 home runs and 38 RBI. He has stolen 27 bases so far, giving the Tigers much needed speed on the base paths.

We need to play better. We’re a better team than this. Period. — Brad Ausmus, 8/17/2014

We all, including Avila, will bask in Castellanos’ beauty.


We all, including Avila, will bask in Castellanos’ beauty.

Detroit’s moves for August 11th, 2014

After the marathon game yesterday against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Tigers needed to make some moves to help replenish the well spent bullpen. Patrick McCoy and Blaine Hardy have been sent down to Triple-A Toledo, and replacing them on the roster are Justin Miller and Ian Krol. They also called up Kevin Whelan to the team after they unconditionally released Casey Crosby to make room.

Joakim Soria has also been officially placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, retroactive to yesterday. With the injury to Anibal Sanchez that landed him on the DL, and Rick Porcello having to pitch in emergency via the 19 inning game yesterday Robbie Ray is slated to make the start Tuesday’s game instead of Wednesday’s game to give Porcello more time to rest.