The left handed relief pitcher announcedDaniel Schlereth has been moved to the 60-day disabled list with left shoulder tendinitis. This move now opens a spot on the 40 man roster. From all appearances, the Tigers are preparing to make another roster move, with signs pointing to Mud Hens OF/IF Matt Young getting a call up.
Schlereth was placed on the 15-day DL in early May once he admitted hiding an arm injury after being demoted to Triple A Toledo. With an oncoming roster crunch caused by injuries, room was needed on the 40 man roster. Moving Schlereth to the 60-day DL does just that.
With Austin Jackson currently on the 15-day DL and his abdominal strain healing extremely slowly, Andy Dirks dealing with Achilles issues which may have him headed to the DL as well, and Gerald Laird laid up for at least the rest of the Yankees series with a leg injury, the Tigers are in need a healthy position player on the bench. Young looks to be the player getting the nod.
Young is a 29 year old minor leaguer who had spent his entire career the Braves' system, getting 2 cup of coffee stints with the big club in 2011. Young hit .208 with slash stats of .269/.229/.498 in 20 games with the Braves.
This season, his fourth in Triple A and first with the Tigers organization, Young has played 43 games in right field and 6 at 2nd base for the Mud Hens. Young is a player in the same mold as Quintin Berry. He has a knack for getiing on base (.430 OBP in 2012, .390 career) but has little to no power (.356 SLG this year, .380 career, .769 OPS in 8 seasons). Regardless, the Tigers have apparently deemed Young their most major league ready position player. It may not be a matter of if Young is Detroit bound, but when.
We are now left waiting for the next shoe to drop in regard to the 25 man roster. If Young is indeed coming to Detroit, how will the Tigers clear room on the roster? Will Omir Santos be sent back to Toledo? Don Kelly DFAed? Dirks or Laird placed on the 15-day DL? A trade? A move we haven't even imagined? Questions abound, and no has the answers...well, other than Dave Dombrowski, and he's not talking.
I'd love to be a fly on the wall in the Tigers' front office, as something is up.