The Detroit Tigers have placed left-handed pitchers Francisco Liriano and Daniel Stumpf on the 10-day disabled list following Tuesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Liriano will be shelved due to a hamstring strain, while Stumpf has ulnar irritation in his left elbow. Pitchers Ryan Carpenter and Johnny Barbato have been recalled from Triple-A Toledo to replace Liriano and Stumpf.
This news comes at a bad time for the Tigers, who were just starting to get healthy after a rough May. Jeimer Candelario and Leonys Martin returned from the disabled list within the past couple weeks, while Miguel Cabrera is “days away” from his return. Instead, it’s another hit for an already shorthanded pitching staff. Liriano and Stumpf will join Alex Wilson, Daniel Norris, and Jordan Zimmermann on the disabled list. For those counting at home, that’s nearly half of the 12 pitchers the Tigers had on their Opening Day roster.
How bad is it?
Liriano’s injury is a particularly big blow for Detroit. He has been one of the rocks of their rotation so far this year, and led the team in innings pitched heading into Tuesday’s game. While advanced metrics suggest he has been pitching above his head, he has delivered some solid performances, including an eight-inning gem against the Seattle Mariners on May 20. Carpenter, on the other hand, has struggled to find his footing in his first taste of big league action. Through three appearances, he has allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 12 hits in 8 2⁄3 innings.
Barbato’s call-up may also mean that we see both Carpenter and Blaine Hardy used in relief between starts. There are no left-handed relievers in the bullpen, but three in the rotation (Carpenter, Hardy, and Matthew Boyd). Depending on the situation, the Tigers could also use Artie Lewicki as a piggyback of sorts, or an outright starter in certain situations.
Who’s still here?
Let’s just plain run down the 25-man roster since there have been so many moves lately.
Catchers: James McCann, Grayson Greiner
Infielders: John Hicks, Niko Goodrum, Dixon Machado, Jose Iglesias, Jeimer Candelario, Pete Kozma
Outfielders: JaCoby Jones, Leonys Martin, Nicholas Castellanos, Victor Reyes (yup, still)
Victor Martinez: Victor Martinez
Starting pitchers: Michael Fulmer, Matthew Boyd, Blaine Hardy, Mike Fiers, Ryan Carpenter
Bullpen: Shane Greene, Joe Jimenez, Buck Farmer, Artie Lewicki, Johnny Barbato, Louis Coleman, Warwick Saupold
Disabled list: Miguel Cabrera, Francisco Liriano, Daniel Stumpf, Jordan Zimmermann, Alex Wilson, Daniel Norris (60-day DL)