The Detroit Tigers Need a Giant Band-Aid
The Detroit Tigers placed their often-quoted designated hitter, Gary Sheffield on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sore shoulder that has apparently caused his sec0ond-half slump.
Batting just .220 with three homers and 13 RBIs since the All-Star break, Shef is just one piece of the banged-up puzzle.
The club also put highly-touted Curacaoan righty Jair Jurrjens on the DL with right shoulder inflammation. They replaced him with right-hander Zach Miner from the AAA Toledo Mud Hens.
Outfielder Timo Perez, who was recalled from AAA to replace Sheffield, played in three games for the Tigers last month, and had one hit in seven plate appearances. He was hitting .309 batting average with 13 longballs and 69 RBIs for the Mud Hens this season.
Veteran lefty Kenny Rogers, who started out the season on the DL, is still out with an injured pitching elbow. He threw a bullpen session Sunday.
Through all of this, the Tigers still trail the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians by just 2.5 games and are sitting 4 behind the Wild Card-leading Seattle Mariners.
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