Dontrelle Willis's rehab assignment is stalled before it could even get going. He was originally scheduled to pitch last night for Toledo, only to have it pushed back to Wednesday because of a sore hip. But that was soon nixed, as well. Until that hip feels better, the D-Train won't be pitching.
(via Jason Beck)
Other roster moves that were made in response to yesterday's transactions: Chris Lambert was designated for assignment so that Jacob Turner (and his new major league contract) could be added to the Tigers' 40-man roster. Joel Zumaya was moved to the 60-day DL to make room for Aubrey Huff.
However, there's no word yet on who will be moved from the 25-man active roster to accommodate Huff. (Could Ryan Raburn be the odd man out, as Tigers Tracks speculates?)
Fire Jim Leyland tries to determine Aubrey Huff's value to the Tigers from here on out. What position would he actually make the biggest contribution at? And if you combine his offense, defense, his Type A free agent status (and the draft picks that yields), along with what Detroit gave up in trade (Brett Jacobsen), what is Huff's total dollar value? It's a very interesting way to look at a trade.
Remember when we knew Huff more for kicking dirt in Brandon Inge's face during a home run trot?
For all the talk about Huff helping the Tigers in their playoff chase, Danny Knobler notes that the Tigers will also be helping Huff. The man hasn't played very many meaningful games in September over his career. He's only played for one team that didn't hit 90 losses in a season.
Huff also doesn't think it'll be a problem to play some outfield in Detroit, despite not playing out there since 2006. "It's like riding a bike," he said yesterday. "If you can play the infield, you can play the outfield." My softball career disagrees with him.
Jon Paul Morosi thinks Huff is ideally suited to the #3 spot in the Tigers' lineup. Hopefully, Jim Leyland agrees.
Can we abide by the nickname "Huff Daddy"? I imagine the BYB Bunch will have something to say about that. Of course, that's a far more family-friendly nickname than the one Camden Chat gave Huff after talking to Bubba the Love Sponge.
It's been a week since The Brawl between the Tigers and Red Sox. And Samara has her pictures from the scene at Fenway Park (in addition to a beautiful illustration that's a testament to the wonder of cross-hatching). She snapped a great shot of Kevin Youkilis getting hit by that pitch. There's also fun stuff from the pre-game warm-ups in her photo gallery. Roar of the Tigers, indeed.
Over at Mack Avenue Tigers, Kurt goes on a bit of a rant about the hype surrounding high school and college players these days. Is it a product of the Scott Boras machine? Additional coverage from MLB.com and MLB Network? Increasing niche outlets on the internet?