With bullpen help the immediate need, right-handed reliever Casey Fien will get the first trip to Detroit. After Monday's 14-inning debacle and the starter making it through just 3 2/3 innings on Sunday, the bullpen has been stretched pretty thin. Fien threw two scoreless innings June 30 in his only appearance with the Tigers. He has a 2.33 ERA with 31 strikeouts and eight walks in 46 1/3 innings in Triple-A Toledo.
After that, "all signs point to" second baseman Scott Sizemore coming back to Detroit after his stint in Triple A, Wezner reports adding it is not yet confirmed. Sizemore was disappointing in his major league debut. He struck out in more than a quarter of his at-bats, saw his power numbers cut in half and did not field the position all that well. His demotion was quite called for. He is hitting .331 with a .895 OPS in Triple A this season. He hit the minor league disabled list in June with a hip injury, and has batted .389 (14-for-36) since returning to action July 6.
That would likely facilitate a return of Carlos Guillen to third base. Guillen has racked up 193 starts at the hot corner in his career, the last coming in 2008. His defensive stats aren't pretty there no matter how you tackle them. A fielding percentage of .950 in 2008 was accompanied by a Ultimate Zone Rating of 8.3 runs below average per 150 games. He probably fields worse now, given what we've seen in the field.
But in the grand scheme, at least he can hit the ball. This is making the best of a bad situation. I hope.
Recalling Sizemore means someone will have to be demoted. Someone from the bullpen seems a safe assumption. Fien could head back down. His previous stay with the team lasted only a few days. Rookie Robbie Weinhardt has thrown well with mixed results, but his name has to be thrown out there as well.