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John Stroba- Writer

May17, 2010

May 12, 2010: Optioned UT Ryan Raburn to Toledo and recalled P Alfredo Figaro

With the Tigers bullpen logging a lot of innings these days it makes some sense to call up another arm in Alfredo Figaro. Figaro is wiry (if you like him) or thin (if you do not like him). He can bring it and is probably going to be a long man/spot starter out of the pen for the Tigers. Raburn becomes expendable, because he is not hitting this year and Don Kelly can handle the hot corner and is a lefty. Brennan Boesch's hot hitting is making is forcing Raburn down as well, Boesch is swinging at anything close to the strike zone but he is hitting for power so far. Figaro looks like he is probably going down with a promotion for a starter on Sunday.

May 14, 2010: Optioned P Alfredo Figaro to Toledo and recalled OF Casper Wells

Interesting move here for the Tigers. Wells is a legitimate CFer. And he could give Austin Jackson a break here or there and with Raburn going down to Toledo. Wells is a Lynn Henning favorite and should be up for awhile since Boesch is not a CFer. Of course, Jackson is going to have to cool off a bit before Wells gets more than a token start here or there. Wells does have some pop in his bat and some speed as well. Supposedly a very good CFer defensively as well.

May 16, 2010: Tigers optioned 2b Scott Sizemore and SP Max Scherzer to Toledo. Recalled IF Danny Worth and SP Armando Galarraga from Toledo. Announced Carlos Guillen will play 2b in his rehab, and that P Zach Miner has an UCL tear.

A big news day here. Sizemore, a preseason darkhorse for ROY, did struggle at the plate 206/297/289/586 and his fielding was just hit and miss. Danny Worth comes up from Toledo because there is not a great option. Brent Dlugach(Toledo) and Cale Iorg (Erie) are just hitting plain awful. Worth is not a great offensive option, but he is a very good fielder and he will get a chance to get some ABs for the next couple of weeks. When Carlos Guillen comes back, Worth is going be heading down to Glass City. Max Scherzer has been hammered the last few times out, and a result is that he is going to Toledo. Scherzer does have very good stuff, but the long ball is killing him (9hr in 42ip) and combining that with some struggling control makes for a guy getting lit up a lot. Armando Galarraga gets the call from Toledo and he did pitch very well down there.

Carlos Guillen is moving to 2b. A place he has not played in many years. Can he do it? Well, he does have a good arm for a 2b. Second does not require a lot of range there either, so that might help and it is not like Sizemore was great with the glove. The one thing that Guillen can do is hit though and getting his bat in there is going to lengthen the Tigers lineup a good bit. Having Guillen there is going to push Boesch to sixth and Inge to seventh. Now, if Avila can get his bat going the Tigers lineup might be decent enough depth wise.

Even with the good game, Armando Galarraga is not a pitcher that you want in your rotation if your teams does have designs on contending. What Armando is a stopgap until Scherzer gets his act together in Toledo or a trade option comes down the river. This becomes less of an issue if Bonderman continues to pitch like it is 2006 (his last healthy year). If Bonderman can get 6-7 innings a start that is going to be taking up some of the slack that Scherzer is leaving on his way heading down to Toledo. Still, the Tigers are going to be in the market for another arm sooner than later.


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