The Tigers also got Miguel Cabrera back earlier this week after he served a stint on the disabled list with a groin injury. It was just his second DL stint during his illustrious career.
Guys like Cabrera and Martinez are essential to Detroit’s fading title hopes, because they are smart hitters that force pitchers deep into counts, and usually make them pay.
Any time a team has one shutter shut on their chances to reach the World Series, they need all their man power in tact to get over the hump.
They also need pitching. From top to bottom, Detroit has a solid rotation. Justin Verlander was arguably robbed of the AL Cy Young award last year after receiving the most first-place votes, and Michael Fulmer developed into one of the best young arms in MLB.
Orioles closer Zach Britton could miss up to two months with the left forearm strain that landed him on the disabled list for the second time Saturday.
MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli says a source said the timeline for Britton’s return is 45 to 60 days.
Britton, who led the American League with 47 saves last season with a 0.54 ERA, was first sidelined with the strain in mid-April. Since returning to action May 2, he had two scoreless outings before complaining of discomfort late last week. MLB.com reported that a pair of MRIs showed inflammation but no structural damage.