Alex Avila, now officially placed on the 15 day DL, is going for a second opinion on his knee soreness. While he is hoping for better news, it still looks like he is going to require arthroscopic knee surgery which can keep him out from two to six weeks. For now Tigers fan are going to see the future, James McCann, on a daily basis and Bryan Holaday as his back up. Jose Iglesias was held out of last nights game as a precaution while he continues to nurse his groin injury. It looks as though Iglesias will be back in action this week. Justin Verlander and Bruce Rondon had an impressive warm up session before yesterday’s game with Manager Brad Ausmus. Ausmus feels like the best way for him to evaluate his pitchers coming back from injury is to catch them.
“That’s the perspective I am used to and can best judge how guys are throwing and what their stuff looks like.”
After the throwing session, Verlander was feeling great and looked good. He is still not throwing his curve ball, but it is still a good sign that he is back on track to hopefully return at some point in June.
While Victor Martinez seems to be turning the point on his season, J.D. Martinez is still struggling at the plate. Over J.D.’s last 7 games, he is hitting a dismal .118 with 0 home runs and 1 extra base hit. The lone positive coming from J.D.’s offense right now is his 8 walks over the last 7 games, giving him a .400 OBP. Victor Martinez on the other hand, has steadily raised his average by hitting .348 over his last 7 games, and hitting his first home run on the season. While he is still nowhere near 100% right now, this past week has been a huge positive step in the right direction. Hopefully his increased offensive success will rub off on J.D. Martinez.
Tigers recent struggles
After the Tigers hot 11-2 start out of the gate, they’ve taken a step back the past few weeks and posted a 8-11 record. The defense has continued to shine, while the offense has really had their struggles. Last night was the second time this season that Chris Young of the Kansas City Royals has shut down the Tigers offense. The Tigers have also lost or tied their last three series, including starting the season 3-4 against the Royals.