Kyle Lobstein made the Tigers’ starting rotation out of spring training with Justin Verlander (triceps) ticketed for the disabled list. But that spot will now go to right-hander Buck Farmer because Lobstein needs a disabled list stint of his own. Via the official Twitter account of the Detroit Tigers …
Lobstein will undergo tests on the shoulder this week in Detroit. He has been bothered by discomfort for a couple of weeks, and there’s at least a hint of concern that it might be something serious.
The 25-year-old southpaw had registered a 4.34 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 20/16 K/BB ratio through 47 2/3 innings (eight starts) this season. His best start was May 7 in Chicago, when he held the White Sox to one unearned run on five hits over 7 2/3 frames. Farmer will start in his place on Thursday night in Anaheim.
Verlander’s rehabilitation from a triceps strain, meanwhile, has advanced to simulated action.
Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino missed 15 days earlier this season with a right hamstring strain and then had to be scratched from two games this past week due to tightness in his left calf. That calf injury is now being called a strain, and it is sending him back yet again to the 15-day disabled list.
Brian MacPherson, the Red Sox beat writer at the Providence Journal, shares the roster move …
Victorino has appeared in just 50 of a possible 205 games over the last two seasons due to a variety of leg and back problems. This latest absence will give Rusney Castillo, who was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on May 22, a good opportunity to show whether he’s ready to be an everyday big leaguer.
If Castillo plays to his potential, Victorino might not have a starting job when his health returns.
Really cool feature here from MLB Network on Mitch Harris’ unique path from the United States Naval Academy to a bullpen job with the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals …
If you didn’t catch it in the intro to that feature, Harris is the first graduate of the Naval Academy to appear in a major league game since 1921. And he’s still on the active roster for St. Louis in a middle relief role.
MLB will run a full slate of day and night games on Monday to commemorate Memorial Day.
FOX Sports Ohio columnist Joe Reedy shares the announcement …
Gomes suffered an MCL sprain in his right knee on April 11 when he got tangled up in a home-plate collision with the Tigers’ Rajai Davis. The initial timetable called for him to miss 6-8 weeks, so he’s returning a little bit earlier than expected. Roberto Perez served as the Indians’ primary catcher while Gomes was out and will now stick around as his backup. Hayes will probably pass through waivers and report to Triple-A Columbus.
Gomes, 27, batted .278/.313/.472 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI in 135 games last season for the Tribe, earning his first Silver Slugger Award. Cleveland (17-23) could use a big offensive boost right about now.
Miami defeated Baltimore to snap an eight-game losing streak late Saturday night on a Martin Prado walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning.
It was the first win for the Marlins under new skipper Dan Jennings, who transitioned from the front office to the dugout last Monday after the firing of Mike Redmond. So … uh … pool party, anyone?
That’s in the Clevelander at Marlins Park, a South Beach-themed bar located just beyond the left-field fence. Jennings was out there with his players, so this was obviously manager-approved. Proper supervision at the pool is important. “It’s the best, dirtiest bath I’ve ever had,” Jennings told reporters after the game.
The Dodgers got into a bit of hot water — pun intended — for jumping into the pool at Arizona’s Chase Field after clinching the National League West title back in 2013. But maybe this is cool because it was done in the Marlins’ own stadium? Surely somebody out there has the energy to produce a scathing take.