Around the Bases Mega-Story Throwdown

Yes, it has been quite awhile since I have managed to come up with the time to write a blog post here at DSU, and quite a bit has taken place since the Cavs ousted the Pistons.  It’s been an increasingly busy time for me as I start to pile on shifts at Subway — on a side note, you can get any two footlong subs for $8.99 whenever and wherever your local Subway is open — and finish up the school year.Fortunately I have a minute now, so it would be a good time to go over what’s been going on inside of Comerica Park with the Tigers.

  •  Fernando Rodney was on the DL for awhile with stiffness in his shoulder.  Zach Miner filled in for awhile; however, last week Miner was diagnosed with tendinitis and placed on the disabled list while his elbow heals up.
  • In other injury news, third baseman Brandon Inge broke his toe after fouling a pitch off of it.  Fortunately the injury did not keep him out of action for more than a few days and he should be fine.
  • Nate Robertson was placed on the DL with a tired arm earlier this month.  Andrew Miller made his second career start in Robertson’s place on Sunday against the Mets.  Just like his stellar debut (four hits through six scoreless against the World Champion Cardinals), Miller took this decision as well.  The young prodigy allowed four runs through 5 1/3 innings as the Tigers cruised 15-7 over New York.
  • Vance Wilson may miss the remainder of the season after aggravating the tear in his forearm.
  • Through all of the injuries, the Tigers may have some positive news.  Kenny Rogers has begun to pitch rehab starts.  He made his first in Toledo on Sunday night, pitching 3 2/3 shutout innings against the Norfolk Tides.  The Mud Hens took the contest 2-1 in the end.
  • Jose Mesa has been released.  The veteran reliever pitched thirteen innings for the Tigers, allowing 18 runs for a 12.46 ERA.  Miraculously, Mesa managed a 1-1 win-loss tally during the span.
  • MLB Draft: The Tigers took Rick Porcello with their first pick.  In the second day of drafting, the Tigers took Joel Zumaya’s brother and Al Kaline’s grandson among others.
  • Finally, there could be a plan to knock down Tiger Stadium — I advise you not to hold your breath.  If the plan actually passes, the old facility will not tumble until September 2008, which is plenty of time for the city of Detroit to mess things up.
  • Gary Sheffield does not dislike drama.  In fact, he loves to take big pots of it and stir the hell out of it to get things even more dramatic!
  • Troy Percival is making a comeback inside of the Cardinals organization.
  • Placido Polanco should be the starting second baseman for the American League at the All Star Game.  Robinson Cano of the Yankees may be leading the voting, but Polly beats Cano in nearly every statistical category.  Case in point: Cano with runners in scoring position .194 — Polanco with RISP .429.  Polly’s batting average is nearly 70 points higher than Cano’s, he has 3 more RBI, and an on-base percentage 75 points higher!  Get out your computer and start voting — Go to the Polls for Placido, you digg?
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