UPDATE: Not only have the Tigers removed Shane Greene from the rotation, they demoted the 26-year-old to Triple-A.
(Reminder: “Too soon to talk Cy Young for Tigers’ Greene?” was an actual article in the Detroit Free Press less than two months ago.)
Six months and 13 starts after acquiring Shane Greene from the Yankees the Tigers may be considering demoting him from the rotation.
Greene is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Reds, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that manager Brad Ausmus “was noncommittal on that assignment” and referenced a potential “decision to be made.”
Greene went 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA in his first three starts for the Tigers despite an underwhelming 11/5 K/BB ratio in 23 innings. Since then he’s 1-6 with an 8.60 ERA in 10 starts.
Greene has good raw stuff and missed plenty of bats for the Yankees as a rookie last season, but he’s managed just 5.8 strikeouts per nine innings for the Tigers and has particularly struggled versus left-handed hitters. Justin Verlander is coming off the disabled list to make his season debut Saturday, possibly giving the Tigers reason to reconfigure the rest of the rotation.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.
When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.
With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.
Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.
“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”
Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”
Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.
Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.