Seay, Miner hit the DL

The Tigers trimmed their roster down to 32 this morning with a couple of disabled list moves and other cuts. Most notable was the placement of Bobby Seay and Zach Miner on the 15 day disabled list.

Seay has been traveling from doctor to doctor in search of a diagnosis on his balky left arm (UPDATE: It’s a torn rotator cuff. There’s more info at the bottom of the post). Miner’s malady seems less dire but he won’t be ready for the beginning of the season. The moves do open up two spots on the active roster.

Miner’s long relief role could be the destination for the loser of the Nate Robertson-Dontrelle Willis-Jeremy Bonderman battle (assuming Robertson doesn’t get traded). Right handed reliever Robbie Weinhardt also remains in camp meaning he still has a shot. On the left side of things it would see to boost Brad Thomas’ chances of heading to Kansas City for the opener.

Daniel Schlereth, one of the lefties looking for a spot in the pen, was among those cut today. Scherleth was optioned along with Wilkin Ramirez to Toledo. Enrique Gonzalez, Phil Dumatrait, and Max St. Pierre were sent to minor league camp.

UPDATE: The injury to Bobby Seay is a torn rotator cuff. The plan is for Seay to try and rehab the injury and avoid surgery if at all possible. While the Tigers have other lefty options, it really is a blow to Seay who is a free agent after this year and will likely have his open market value severely hampered due to the injury.


  1. Andrew

    March 27, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Good to have you back, Billfer! It is always exciting to see a DTW post in my RSS reader.

  2. Nate the Newt

    March 27, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Agreed with Andrew.

  3. Steve

    March 27, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Bill I am really glad to see you back as well and am really looking forward to seeing how the Tigers do this year. I think the battle for the division will be the most interesting and reachable goal, to me as unless we somehow repeat 2006 I dont think we have the talent to reach the series.

    Hopefully Schlereth comes around. Maybe he needs time in AAA or just plain work to get going. While I did not like the fact of the trade, fact is we need to get production out of the guys we got in return.

    Bill, I hope you keep the site rolling again this year, I really like the game day banter with the people on this blog and the insite you give us.

    Lets go TIGERS……………………..


  4. Vince in MN

    March 27, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Seay has a torn rotator cuff and could be out for a while, but the Tigers have quite a large stock of LOOGYs to choose from as replacements. On the other hand, Miner going on the DL could be addition by subtraction. Thomas and Bonine as replacements to start the season is okay and if they falter there are others waiting in the wings.

  5. TSE

    March 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    What’s up with Robinzon Diaz? I don’t see him even listed on the roster on the Tiger’s website. The transactions tab shows when we picked him up last year, but no entries for his name this calendar year.

    • billfer

      March 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm

      He’s not on the roster. They signed him to a minor league contract and he is a NRI to spring training. He hasn’t been cut so his contract hasn’t been assigned anywhere yet.

      • TSE

        March 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm

        Oh ok thanks!

  6. Keith (Mr. X)

    March 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I’m sad to see Seay with a torn rotator cuff. I’m happy the Tigers stockpiled LRP’s during off-season, we’ll likely need them.

  7. Bottom of the 2nd.

    March 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    With Seay out, you didn’t mention the possibility of (LH)Phil Coke as a candidate to fill the vacancy!!!

  8. Slashpyne

    March 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Hurray, Bilfers back! I’ve been with you since 2005, thanks for all the hard work over the years!

  9. Brenden

    March 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Man…I have no idea what the starting rotation is going to look like on opening day… Verlander, Porcello, and Scherzer are for sure, but what about the rest? Can Willis really be trusted? Sure he has pitched well all spring, but can it last? He honestly deserves the spot, but after the last two years, I can’t help but be nervous, especially if the TIgers decide to trade away Robertson. And is Bonderman really ready for the big time?

    What is this noise about the Tigers looking for an upgrade for 2nd base, as Sizemore is struggling apparently? Anyone else heard anything about this?

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      March 27, 2010 at 11:10 pm

      what noise? I’ve never heard anything negative about Sizemore.

      This is Willis’ last chance, so I’m not too worried about him. At worst, he’ll get a few starts, then he’ll be released and out of the organization permanently. At best, he’ll win some games, put fans in seats, and draw huge TV ratings in his attempt to win comeback player of the year. There’s not much middle ground either.

      • Keith (Mr. X)

        March 28, 2010 at 11:05 am

        I found the noise. Jason Stark blogged that the Tigers “might” be having cold feet about Sizemore. That’s pure speculation by Stark.

        Then MLBtraderumors took Stark’s blog out of context and wrote that the Tigers were looking for a 2B upgrade. It’s a bogus rumor.

        • Keith (Mr. X)

          March 28, 2010 at 11:29 am

’s Jason Grey: “I’ve seen Detroit Tigers second baseman Scott Sizemore quite a bit over the past few seasons, and it seems like every time I look up, he’s stinging the ball somewhere or standing on a base. … He’ll give up the occasional start to Ryan Raburn, but Sizemore is the starter here, and I expect him to take the job and run with it.”

  10. Brenden

    March 27, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Also, what should be done with Raburn? The guy has torn it up this spring, yet there is not a starting spot open for him and his bat, or is there?

    • Keith (Mr. X)

      March 27, 2010 at 11:54 pm

      Right now he’s our 4th outfielder and emergency infielder. That’s was his role heading into Spring Training and that wasn’t going to change no matter how he played. IMO, if he’s still having defensive lapses like did last season he’ll likely get released. He’s never going to be a full-time player in Detroit. We got better guys than him in Toledo. The bigger question is, what are we going to do with Wilken Ramirez, Clete Thomas, Brandon Boesch, Casper Wells, and Ryan Stieby. We can’t have all of them play in the outfield for Toledo. Someone will be packing their bags soon.

  11. jcm

    March 28, 2010 at 9:50 am

    288( 268)
    291( 352)
    225( 243)
    217( 273)
    2009 ba against rh and lh. For the core of the offensive no real variation but for Magglio. And his career ba split was different until 2009. Cabrera is better against rh than lh

  12. jcm

    March 28, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Seattle is looking for a starter , payback time

  13. Longball111

    March 28, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Welcome back, Billfer. A very pleasant surprise to find a post from you. Tigers are a lot more fun with you around.