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Injuries, marathon game take toll on Tigers' staff

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 11 2014 01:12:04 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 11 2014 10:56:16 AM CDT
Baseballs, sports, MLB

The Detroit Tigers have some shuffling to do.

It was bad enough that starter Anibal Sanchez (pectoral strain) and reliever Joakim Soria (oblique strain) were placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. However, the Tigers then played 19 innings before losing their second extra-inning game in a row to Toronto, falling 6-5 in the longest game in Blue Jays history.

It was so bad that starter Rick Porcello pitched the final two innings and took the loss Sunday. Manager Brad Ausmus suggested that he might have used a position player to pitch had the game gone longer.

"It's very possible it would have been a position player at that point," said Ausmus, who was ejected in the third inning. "We were talking about it, but it never got to that point."

Justin Verlander will start Monday against Pittsburgh. Left-hander Robbie Ray is scheduled to fill Sanchez's spot against the Pirates on Wednesday. In between, some moves will be made. Ray does not have to be officially called up until Wednesday.

Porcello, who was scheduled to start Tuesday, had a light bullpen session Saturday and a more strenuous outing Sunday.

"We're going to have to do some shuffling," Ausmus said. "Other than Verlander pitching tomorrow, I can't tell you anything."

Despite the injuries to Sanchez and Soria, there were no call-ups for Sunday's game.

"We didn't think we could get them here," Ausmus said. "Of course, if we knew we had until 7 o'clock to get them here, maybe we would have."