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Al Avila: Tigers will see if Melvin Upton “makes sense for us”

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The Blue Jays released veteran outfielder Melvin Upton on Sunday, just ahead of Opening Day. Once he clears waivers, he can be signed by any team for the major league minimum salary.

The Tigers’ outfield is currently a work-in-progress with J.D. Martinez sidelined with a sprained right foot. JaCoby Jones will start in center field on Opening Day and Mikie Mahtook will start in right. Tyler Collins and Andrew Romine will also get some playing time in center and right. Upton’s brother Justin will handle left field.

Tigers GM Al Avila said that his team will “look into it and see if it makes sense for us” when asked about Upton, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Fenech, though, says Upton to the Tigers “doesn’t sound like a strong possibility.”

Upton, 32, hit .238/.291/.402 with 20 home runs, 61 RBI, 64 runs scored, and 27 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances last season with the Padres and Blue Jays.

Diamondbacks place Shelby Miller on the 10-day disabled list

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The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that starter Shelby Miller has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Miller will get a second opinion on his elbow on Tuesday, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. Pitcher Silvino Bracho has been called up from Triple-A Reno to take Miller’s spot on the roster.

Miller, 26, left Sunday’s start with what was described at the time as forearm tightness. Through his first four starts, Miller is carrying a 4.09 ERA with a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.

Bracho, 24, has pitched quite well in 6 2/3 innings of relief at Reno. He’s given up just one unearned run on four hits and a walk (intentional) with 12 strikeouts.

Archie Bradley figures to take Miller’s spot in the starting rotation as Bracho will work middle relief.

Eric Thames hit two more homers

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And John Lackey is livid.

The Brewers’ first baseman homered in each of his first two plate appearances against Reds starter Amir Garrett on Monday evening, helping his team to a 6-1 lead after two frames. The first was a solo blast in the first inning, and the second was a two-run shot to the opposite field in the second inning.

According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Thames has tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in April with 10. Carlos Lee also hit 10 homers in April 2006.

Seven of Thames’ 10 home runs have come against the Reds. Including his first two at-bats on Monday night, Thames is hitting .379/.474/.924 with 17 RBI along with the 10 dingers. Not too shabby from a guy the Brewers signed to a three-year, $16 million contract during the offseason.

Lackey and Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio both recently implied Thames is using performance-enhancing drugs, but Thames was tested immediately after last Monday’s game against the Cubs.