With Alex Avila placed on the disabled list and Omir Santos being designated for assignment (I don’t think either should be shocking moves), the Detroit Tigers now have three regular position players and a starting pitcher in the disabled list. given the fact that Ryan Raburn is toiling away in Toledo and the bullpen turnover, the current team, as of Wednesday at 3:30 pm, has eight players on its active roster that actually began the year in Triple-A Toledo.
Current Active Tigers who started the year in Toledo
Catcher Bryan Holaday, Pitcher Casey Crosby, Pitcher Jose Ortego, Pitcher Drew Smyly, Pitcher Brayan Villarreal, Pitcher Luis Marte, Outfielder Quintin Berry, Outfielder Matt Young, and even though Infielder Danny Worth was on the Opening Day roster that was merely because the Tigers had Brandon Inge on the DL to start the year.
Regardless of performance, this isn’t an ideal situation or one you hope for. At 25-30 the Tigers have the same number of losses as the Kansas City Royals do and since starting the season 9-3 they have a worse winning percentage than the Minnesota Twins.
This is the lineup that is going to face Jeanmar Gomez and the Cleveland Indians tonight:
The Tigers have two major leaguers on their roster tonight who are contributing above replacement level. How do you expect them to score?