Not to be outdone by Mark Ellis’ inner-ear infection, Tigers setup man Ryan Perry has been placed on the disabled list with an eye infection.
All the reports on the injury that I’ve seen so far are light on any further details, but “infected eye” certainly doesn’t sound very pleasant.
Because the DL stint is backdated to his April 5 appearance Perry will be eligible to return on April 20, with the Tigers calling up right-hander Robbie Weinhardt from Triple-A to take his spot in the bullpen.
Perry had been Detroit’s primary seventh-inning setup man in front of fellow right-handers Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde, but his absence could push left-hander Daniel Schlereth into a higher-leverage role.
It used to be that the top dog in a team’s baseball operations department was the general manager. That has changed over the past several years with some combination of title inflation, a genuine addition of supervisory layers and, on some level, employe poaching insurance leading to the top dog now being called, usually, a “president of baseball operations.”
Brewers’ general manager David Stearns is the latest to assume that tile, as the club just announced that he has been promoted to Milwaukee’s president of baseball operations. He has also received a contract extension of unknown length.
Not a big shock given how well the Brewers did in 2018, winning the NL Central title and playing in the NLCS. It’s also worth noting — with a nod to that “employee poaching insurance” item above — that Stearns has drawn some interest from other organizations. It’s thus not unfair to see the promotion is both a thanks for a job well done and a means of keeping other teams’ hands off of him, as employees are generally not given permission to interview for lateral moves, but are given permission to interview for promotions.
The Mudville Nine may have wanted to steal him from Milwaukee, but for Stearns to get a promotion from where he is now would require the creation of some other lofty title.