You have likely heard by now, but the Detroit Tigers are down a few starters due to injury. Lefthander Ryan Carpenter arguably fell as low as ninth on Detroit’s starting pitcher depth chart on Opening Day, and is already in the Tigers’ rotation due to injury. Now, with Tyson Ross hitting the injured list over the weekend, Detroit has to find yet another injury replacement for Wednesday’s game against the Houston Astros.
The problem? There isn’t an easy solution in sight. All of the potential replacements on the 40-man roster — lefthanders Matt Hall, Gregory Soto, and Nick Ramirez are the only ones stretched out — worked long outings on Saturday, putting them at just three days rest for Wednesday’s game. Any other replacements, such as [insert exciting Tigers prospect here] are not on the 40-man roster, and would require someone else to be designated for assignment to make room. Not to mention, your favorite Tigers prospect might not be major league ready at this point.
So, today’s Question of the Day is:
How should the Tigers set up their starting rotation this week, and specifically for Wednesday?
My answer: I don’t know if it’s a good idea for the Tigers to make a 40-man move until they know the full extent of Ross’ injury, so it’s probably best for them to make do with what they have. The twist? I’d like to see the Tigers use an opener for both Tuesday and Wednesday. One could get as creative as using Joe Jimenez in the role — my full reasoning is in this week’s series preview — but a righthander like Buck Farmer or even Victor Alcantara would work too. This could help Carpenter or Ramirez (my pick for Wednesday’s de facto starter) work a bit deeper into their respective outings.
What do you think?
Note: We’re stealing an idea from our friends at Pride of Detroit. Every day, we will post an open-ended question, along with a quick answer, to spark discussion about the Tigers (or other stuff, who knows where this goes?). Use this thread to answer that question, or talk about other stuff — the Tigers, baseball in general, or anything else on your mind.