Tonight it’s young Buck Farmer who takes the mound and tries to stop the bleeding. Farmer began the season with the West Michigan Whitecaps (A) and put together a 10-5 record with 2.60 ERA and a 1.109 WHIP. He was moved up to Erie recently and had two starts there (1-0, 3.00, 1.167). Farmer throws strikes: he has struck out 127 this season against only 28 walks.
The news on Justin Verlander is tentatively good. His MRIs showed no damage, although they are being sent to specialists for a second opinion. He may miss as little as one start.
Here are today’s roster moves:
- Kevin “Way Over His Head” Whelan was optioned back to Toledo.
- The Tigers purchased the contract of RHP Buck Farmer from AA Erie.
- Eric catcher Ramon Cabrera was designated for assignment by Detroit to make room for Farmer on the 40-man roster, and was claimed off waivers by the Pirates.
In the meantime, Torii Hunter thinks that maybe having to fight for first will be good for the team in the long run.
Tonight’s Carrera-Leads-Off Lineup:
- Carrera, CF
- Kinsler, 2B
- Cabrera, 1B
- V Martinez, DH
- Hunter, RF
- Kelly, LF
- Castellanos, 3B
- Avila, C
- Suarez, SS