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Morning Prowl: Perry's Replacement, Refusing Assignments, Boras Backpedals, and More Pedro Talk

With Ryan Perry being sent down to Toledo following yesterday's game (and five runs allowed in his last 4.1 innings, along with eight hits and two walks), both Mack Avenue Tigers and The Spot Starters list the potential replacements that could be added to the major league roster.

I'm going to guess it will be Fu-Te Ni, though I agree with Kurt that Casey Fien might be the more intriguing option. The lefty Ni has a 3-0 record and 2.61 ERA, with 30 strikeouts in 31 innings. Fien is 2-1 with a 4.68 ERA, and 31 strikeouts in 31 innings.

Jim Leyland announced that he'll put Alfredo Figaro in between Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson in the Tigers' starting rotation, in an attempt to reduce the burden on the bullpen when Detroit's two studs aren't pitching (and going deep into the ballgame).

Eddie at Detroit Tigers Thoughts looks to baseball's collective bargaining agreement to clarify the rules regarding a player refusing assignment to the minors. So if you're wondering why the Tigers don't just send Nate Robertson to Toledo, it's possible that they've already tried, but Robertson refused the assignment and is allowed to stay on the major league roster.

(via Kurt on Twitter)

After Leyland and Scott Boras exchanged criticisms through the press this weekend over Magglio Ordonez's benching hiatus (the blow-by-blow of which was detailed well by The Detroit Tigers Weblog), Boras told Jason Beck that his remarks were in reference to Maggs' contract situation, not how much he should play.

Baseball Prospectus's Joe Sheehan thinks the Tigers should get into the Pedro Martinez business. And not just to be the team's fourth starter, but to eat up some of the innings that will likely be taken away from Rick Porcello later in the season.

Fire Jim Leyland takes a closer look at Alfredo Figaro's performance on Saturday through Pitch F/X, breaking down the three pitches he displayed against the Brewers.

Jon Paul Morosi quotes a scout who says Maggs' current hitting approach indicates diminished bat speed.

At Fangraphs, Dave Cameron looks at the changes in Curtis Granderson's numbers this season. He's hitting for much more power, but at the expense of the doubles and triples we'd become accustomed to.

SB Nation has a new all-baseball site that should interest those of you who love trade rumors, transaction news, and a little off-field gossip. The blog is called MLB Daily Dish, and here's a post suggesting that the trade market might not be very active this summer.

What does Braves manager Bobby Cox think of old Tiger Stadium? He shares his thoughts (while perhaps getting the 1968 and 1984 celebrations mixed up) with BP's David Laurila.

(via the revived Daily Fungo)

Those of you who have been following J. Ellet Lambie's Tigers blogging at Hazaa will soon have a new place to check out his thoughts and analysis of the team. Coming soon!

Jen from Old English D spent Friday night's rain delay chatting with a couple of Brewers fans who made the trip to Detroit to see their team. The comparisons of ballparks, old and new, was especially interesting.