No move needed at shortstop; Suarez's knee better, upgraded to 'hour-to-hour'
DETROIT — Better news at least.
With the Detroit Tigers finding out that both of their nicked-up shortstops are feeling better as of Friday afternoon, they won’t need to make any moves to cover their collective backsides.
“I don’t know if we dodged anything: We have two shortstops, and they’re both slightly injured,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “I don’t know that we can call that dodging anything.”
But no moves at least, and nobody’s headed to the disabled list.
“As of right now, yeah,” Ausmus said. “I feel like we don’t need to (make a move) at this point.”
Suarez was not available for Thursday’s game, dealing with the aftermath of injuring his knee sliding into second base after his first big-league at-bat Wednesday. An MRI showed no significant structural damage.
“He looked good. He’s walking good. He was on the elliptical a little bit. They’re going to treat him a little more. We feel like he’s in good shape, really,” Ausmus said of the youngster’s marked improvement from one day to the next.
Good enough to play Friday night? Or still day-to-day?
“That will be determined,” Ausmus said. “He’s hour-to-hour.”
No Suarez Thursday left Andrew Romine as the Tigers’ only option at shortstop — but he’s nicked up, too. In that same Wednesday game, Romine felt his shoulder pop out on a diving defensive play.
“He’s good,” Ausmus said. “He said his shoulder is much better today.”
If they’d have had to make a move, it likely would’ve been Hernan Perez called into action.
Danny Worth, who was designated for assignment Wednesday to make room for Suarez, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Toledo. He can refuse the assignment, because it’s the second time he’s been DFA’ed.
Theoretically, Worth could accept the assignment and then come back to the Tigers if one of the two shortstops on the active roster went on the disabled list.