● As expected, Baseball Prospectus' Will Carroll has chimed in with his thoughts on Joel Zumaya's middle finger injury:
● In the Detroit Free Press, John Lowe has more on Zumaya's finger, including Zoom's defiant declaration that he'll be back before August 1. He also said Dr. Charles Melone told him that not only should the tendon become stronger after the surgery, but the procedure shouldn't affect his velocity or force him to change how he grips the baseball.
● If you've listened to Mike McClary's Detroit Tigers Podcast, you're probably familiar with Josh Wallen's rants. Now, Josh is bringing that fervor over to the blog side, and has joined the contributors at The Daily Fungo.
● Lookout Landing is making fun of some Tigers fans' spelling ability. (And the old English major in me says rightfully so. I cringed when I saw that on TV last night. It's kind of embarrassing.)
● Over at SI.com, Nate Silver (via Baseball Prospectus) has ranked his top 50 most valuable fantasy baseball players. It's not surprising that no Detroit position players are on the list. The Tigers' strength comes from their collection of good to very good hitters, rather than depending on a superstar. But Curtis Granderson and Carlos Guillen rated an honorable mention on Silver's list.
Where the Tigers do have star power, however, is on their pitching staff, and both Justin Verlander (#49) and Jeremy Bonderman (#30) are on the list.
● Also in today's Free Press, Kelley L. Carter profiles Gary Sheffield's wife, DeLeon, who's thrilled to resume her gospel singing career in Detroit.
● And if you feel like being reminded of just how far the Detroit Tigers have come in four years, check out this piece on the Nationals from the Washington Post. I assume they included a picture of Franklyn German looking dejected in his Tigers uniform as a sign of hope for Nats fans.