We’re still more than two weeks away from September 1, when MLB rosters expand for the final month of the regular season. However, that didn’t stop the media from asking Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire about who we may and may not see make the trip up I-75 on (or around) the first of the month.
Gardenhire danced around the question, saying “roster space is kind of dicey.” This one didn’t make sense — the whole point of this exercise is that roster space isn’t dicey — but I’ll let the coachspeak slide. Gardenhire added, “Some guys we want to see and some guys all of you (media) have been clamoring for quite bit.”
Reading between the lines, it seems like Gardenhire wouldn’t mind seeing Christin Stewart in Detroit for the final month of the season. However, his excessively non-specific answer suggests the Tigers might keep Stewart off the 40-man until this winter, when he will need to be added prior to the Rule 5 draft. This will also allow the Tigers to option Stewart to the minors for a few weeks in 2019, ensuring he will be in Detroit through 2025.
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News mentioned a few other names — Beau Burrows, Zac Houston, and Alex Faedo all came up — but I don’t think we will see the Tigers add anyone to the 40-man roster just for a September call-up.
We could still have fun, though
If anything, Detroit’s most interesting call-up might not be a prospect. As John noted on Monday, Daniel Norris returned to the mound over the weekend, throwing a couple of innings in the Gulf Coast League. He only topped out at 90-91 miles per hour, according to reports, but that shouldn’t worry anyone at this point; he was never going to come out pumping 95 mile-per-hour fastballs in his first rehab start.
Between Norris and Sandy Baez, who is also on the 40-man roster, we could see a couple of interesting pieces added to the active roster come September.
The bullpen could be... fun?
Okay, maybe Zane’s headline was a little optimistic, but there are a few nice bullpen pieces to work with around the Tigers organization right now. One not specifically mentioned? Victor Alcantara, who finished off Monday’s win over the White Sox with a flourish, striking out the side in the ninth.
Victor Alcantara has allowed one run in 14 2/3 innings this season #wonthetrade— Bless You Boys (@blessyouboys) August 14, 2018
Best-timed article award goes to...
Prior to Nicholas Castellanos’ five-hit game on Monday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press wondered where Castellanos’ future defensive home may be. And if the drills Fenech caught Castellanos working on are any indication, the Tigers might have the long term in mind when it comes to his future fit on the roster.
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Around the horn
That mysterious illness Leonys Martin has been dealing with recently is actually a life-threatening bacterial infection. It sounds like he’s out of the woods, but he likely won’t be playing baseball again this season. Will the Red Sox break the single-season win record? Grant Brisbee wrote about baseball. So did our very own Jay Markle, over at Baseball Prospectus! More on Jake Robson and Zac Houston.
Question of the Day
Someone at the Podcastellanos is clearly a narc to warrant a question like this, but now we have to ask: how do you feel about s’mores?