Dombrowski, Tigers not concerned about middle infield depth, even with possible Peralta suspension looming
DETROIT — The Biogenesis suspensions are coming from Major League Baseball sooner, rather than later, based on all reports.
How that impacts the Detroit Tigers — and how they’re prepared for that eventuality — remains to be seen.
From all indications, the clubs who employ the players involved are as much in the dark as the rest of us.
No one knows if the Tigers are making plans, in case — as all reports have indicated — shortstop Jhonny Peralta is among those who receive suspensions.
“I cannot comment on that. I don’t have comment. ... That’s all Commissioner’s Office stuff. They’ll let us know when they want us to know,” Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski. “I wouldn’t really talk about any of that type of scenario at this time. It’s a Major League Baseball issue. Until we’re in a position to discuss it, we’ll wait and we’ll see.”
If Peralta is suspended, the Tigers would have to figure out how to fill his role, both on the field and in the lineup.
The first part isn’t as much of a problem. The second part could be more ticklish, especially if they’re trying to fill in with internal options.
By all reports, the Tigers are not pursuing middle infielders on the trade market before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.
“We have depth in the middle infield. Argenis Diaz is an outstanding defensive shortstop. He can really pick the ball at short. (Danny) Worth’s playing second base (at Toledo), (but) we know he can play shortstop. (Ramon) Santiago can go over there and play. You’re not going to get the offense from any of them that you would get on a regular basis (from Peralta),” Dombrowski said.
“So, we have some depth in that regard. Can (Hernan) Perez go over there? That’s a good question that I don’t really know the answer to. He’s played primarily second base this year. He has been a shortstop in the past. We switched him over to second.
“Think he’s going to be an outstanding defensive second baseman, all-around second baseman. Is he a shortstop for the future? I don’t really know that answer. Could he be? Maybe.”
Perez has played just four more games (292 to 288) at second base than at shortstop in his six seasons in the minors.
Manager Jim Leyland said just this past week that the game appeared to slowing down for him offensively.
“I was never worried about him being able to catch a ground ball,” Leyland said.