Still no playoff roster from Tigers, but rotation is set
The Detroit Tigers released their rotation plans for the American League Division series on Friday, but not their playoff roster as of Friday's scheduled workout at Comerica Park.
Why? Because it's not due yet.
"No, we pretty much have our roster in sync. We’re going to take the liberty of using the last hours to put it in like everybody else does," said manager Jim Leyland, who will turn it in at the 10 a.m. deadline Saturday. "I have my roster in my mind, but there’s always — you never know about a last‑minute issue or something like that. So we’re just going to take the allotted time and we’ll turn it in at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. We’re not trying to deceive anybody. There’s no tricks here. It is what it is."
"But we just felt like — in speaking with Dave Dombrowski this morning, we felt like we’ll just put ours in when everybody else does. And for no particular reason other than the fact that — but you do never know. Some last‑minute thing could come up, somebody tweak an injury or something of that nature and you feel it necessary to make a move, and you still do that rather than have you guys all have it today and etch it in stone and tomorrow it’s changed. That’s the only reason for that."
"And it also — it would only be one more day, but we figured we didn’t want Sanchez to sit too long. So take advantage of the Scherzer situation by having him follow Sanchez, and then have Sanchez pitch a day earlier than he would if he pitched in front of Scherzer so he wouldn’t sit too, too long, even though it’s been quite a while now.
"So that’s why that decision was made. It has nothing to do with ballparks or rotation, anything like that, other than that’s what we kind of thought about. And we thought with Scherzer, you know, getting back into it the other night in Kansas City for the five innings, came out of it real good. But just for a little precautionary measure to give him the extra day I think is probably smart."