Tigers will recall SS Dixon Machado, option P Warwick Saupold to Toledo

The Detroit Tigers right now are like the walking wounded. In addition to suffering their fifth consecutive defeat on Friday 8-5 to the Rangers, they learned just hours before the game that another key cog of that potent lineup was heading the the disabled list, shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Iglesias had been hitting just .156 in nine August games, seeing his season batting average dip below the .250 mark. He appeared to have pulled the hamstring in a game earlier this week while the Tigers were in Seattle as he came up laboring his hamstring area after legging out a ground ball.

Detroit had recalled pitcher Warwick Saupold prior to the game after being optioned literally hours beforehand, due to reliever Bruce Rondón being reinstated from the paternity list. Saupold entered the game in the 5th after starter Aníbal Sánchez had another rough outing, allowing 8 ER over 4+ IP. Saupold did very well, holding the Rangers to just four hits over three innings of work, striking out two.

Still, with a limited bench now and down three position players, the Tigers needed to bring up a replacement for Iglesias so after Friday night’s game, they optioned Saupold back to Triple-A Toledo and recalled shortstop Dixon Machado.

The 24-year-old Venezuelan-native Machado is hitting .266/.356/.354 on the season and had been swinging a hot bat as of late, hitting at a .353 clip over his last ten games. Machado is just a career .246 hitter in the minors but a respectable 15.7 strikeout rate shows modest plate discipline.

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In a cup of coffee with the Tigers in 2015, Machado in 24 games hit .235/.307/.279 (16×68) with three doubles and five runs driven in. He’s always been heralded for his glove and speed first, if his bat can improve even a little bit, he becomes a hot commodity for the Tigers.

The injuries are piling up for the Tigers. Iglesias joins Nick Castellanos (hand) and Cameron Maybin (thumb) as far as Detroit’s position players on the DL. They are also without two starters in Mike Pelfrey (back) and Jordan Zimmermann (neck).

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