Tigers decline Jhonny Peralta’s option for 2011, but may work out new deal

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Last week the Tigers were said to be working on a two-year contract with Jhonny Peralta and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the two sides are still talking, but in the meantime they declined his $7.5 million option for 2011.

Detroit should be able to re-sign him for quite a bit less than that salary, particularly on a two-year deal, so the declined option likely doesn’t really impact Peralta’s chances of staying with the Tigers.

As for why the Tigers want to bring him back, let alone for two more seasons … well, I’m not sure.

Peralta hit .249/.311/.392 in 148 games overall this season, including .253/.314/.396 in 53 games with the Tigers, and he’s a poor defensive shortstop who had been moved to third base in Cleveland prior to the midseason trade. He also hit just .254/.316/.375 in 2009.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.