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Walker Buehler heads to DL with microfracture in right rib

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The Dodgers announced on Tuesday that starter Walker Buehler has a microfracture in his right rib and has been placed on the 10-day disabled list. Pitcher Caleb Ferguson has been recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

There is currently no timetable for Buehler’s return. He apparently suffered the injury several starts ago but was able to pitch through it for a while.

Buehler, 23, has been terrific through nine starts this season, posting a 2.63 ERA with a 54/11 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings. He tossed six hitless innings against the Padres on May 4, which turned into a combined no-hitter with Tony Cingrani, Yimi Garcia, and Adam Liberatore.

Ferguson, 21, will start in Buehler’s place against the Rangers on Tuesday night. He has already made one start this season — his major league debut. He went 1 2/3 innings against the Pirates last Wednesday, yielding four runs on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts. In 47 innings in the minors, mostly with Double-A Tulsa, he compiled a 1.53 ERA with 52 strikeouts and 17 walks.

Matt Shepard to be the Tigers new full-time play-by-play guy

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Fox Sports Detroit has named Matt Shepard their new full-time play-by-play guy for Tigers games. Shepard will work with analysts Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson, who will split time.

This is the move in response to former longtime announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen getting suspended and later fired following an in-booth altercation in Chicago last September. The two of them, who weren’t exactly friends, reportedly fought over a chair, with conflicting reports of how serious the fight was. An anonymous witness said Allen put Impemba in a choke hold. Allen recently gave an interview in which he denied that and said it was only some pushing and shoving. Either way, it ended their 16-year team-up for Tigers games.

Shepard has worked for Fox Sports Detroit for nearly 20 years, doing fill-in play-by-play for the Tigers — he replaced Impemba for the last few weeks of last season — and for Detroit Pistons games. Gibson has been a part time analyst for the network for the past couple of seasons, splitting time with Allen. Morris has done Tigers, Blue Jays and Twins games over the years, sometimes even splitting time between the Twins and Tigers, which is rather unusual.

Shepard is pretty good at his job. While Tigers fans liked and were familiar with Impemba, there won’t be a falloff in quality. Gibson makes some good analytical points and has a surprisingly sharp and biting sense of humor about him, but his gruff and monotone delivery is not everyone’s cup of tea. You get used to it. Morris is not my cup of tea — he tends to do a lot of the “back in my day” stuff former players often do — but I’m pretty sure he could recite the dictionary on TV in Detroit and a lot of Tigers fans would tune in. Such is life.