Nick Castellanos expected to miss a month; Jordan Zimmermann going back on DL

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The Tigers secured their tenth win in their last 11 games when they defeated the New York Mets 6-5. It also notched their fourth straight series win overall and tenth series win at home in their last 12 at Comerica Park.

Unfortunately, the game came at a price when third baseman Nick Castellanos was hit by a pitch on the hand in the 4th inning. He departed the game before the top half of the 5th and was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his left hand.

News broke late in the game and became official after the team’s victory on how much time Castellanos will be missing. They also released news on starter Jordan Zimmermann, who struggled mightily in his most recent start on Thursday in his first outing in over a month. He was diagnosed with right lat tightness.

Veteran corner infielder Casey McGehee will be called up for the second time this season, he appeared in just one game back on June 18 and recorded one at-bat. A Triple-A All-Star with the Toledo Mud Hens this season, McGehee is hitting .325/.380/.453 in 108 games played this year with five homers and 49 RBI. He’s also only struck out in 15.2 percent of his ABs with the Hens this season.

Lefty Kyle Ryan will rejoin the club after being optioned back down to Toledo following Thursday’s 6-3 loss to the White Sox. Ryan tossed three scoreless innings in relief allowing just one hit and striking out one in that game. He boasts a 3.18 ERA on the season for the Tigers.

With Bruce Rondón going on the paternity list, his spot will be used by southpaw Daniel Norris, who will pitch in Zimmermann’s scheduled start on Tuesday. Norris was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday August 2 and concurrently optioned to Triple-A. He pitched on Thursday for the Mud Hens, going seven inning and allowing one ER on five hits, walking none and striking out seven.

Norris will likely optioned and recalled when his turn comes up in the rotation as long as Zimmermann remains sidelined. Despite their winning ways as of late, the starting rotation for the Tiger is banged up. Both Zimmermann and Mike Pelfrey are going to miss multiple starts, which is basically forcing the team to continue using a struggling Aníbal Sánchez in the rotation.