DETROIT -- Ryan Perry doesn't see himself as a key cog to the Tigers' bullpen, just one of seven Detroit relievers. Manager Jim Leyland, however, was eagerly awaiting the chance to plug him back into the relief picture. He got it Saturday, when the Tigers activated Perry from the 15-day disabled list."He gives us a little more artillery down there," Leyland said. Just as important, with Joel Zumaya out for the season, Perry gives them a little more setup capability, even for somebody in just his second full pro season. Perry last pitched with the Tigers on June 6 before being diagnosed with right shoulder tendinitis. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo a week ago, but encountered some struggles along the way. His second rehab outing on Tuesday saw him throw just 16 of 36 pitches for strikes. Perry said Saturday it was a matter of shaking off the rust from not pitching in games for about three weeks. "I was definitely feeling good," Perry said. "It was just me kind of being amped up, ready to get out there and eager to try to get back. It was definitely a little rust. Not throwing to hitters for three weeks can do that to someone." Perry backed up that point by pitching a scoreless eighth inning Saturday with a walk and a strikeout. Leyland made no secret about his desire to have Perry back soon, but also emphasized that the club needs Perry to be effective. Perry's return took on added importance when Zumaya suffered a season-ending fractured elbow last Monday at Minnesota. But Perry isn't playing up his importance. "Honestly, everyone who came up has been doing a great job," Perry said. "Yes, that's a bad loss that we never wanted to happen, but the people who came up did their jobs and got people out." Still, Perry has more capability of that in key situations than most. He protected a good share of leads in the eighth inning at the start of the year before command issues and consistency put his situation in a bit of flux. His perfect innings with two strikeouts for Toledo on Friday night went a long way towards restoring confidence; Perry threw nine of his 13 pitches for strikes and topped out at 96 mph with his fastball, according to reports. For the year, the 23-year-old Perry owns a 1-4 record and 5.56 ERA, having allowed 22 hits over 22 2/3 innings, with 13 walks and 19 strikeouts. To make room on the active roster, Detroit optioned right-hander Casey Fien to Toledo. Fien, who was recalled Tuesday when Zumaya went on the DL, pitched two scoreless innings in his lone appearance Wednesday at Minnesota.
Cabrera back in Tigers' lineup
DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera returned to the Tigers' lineup Saturday after missing Friday's series opener against Seattle with lower back tightness caused by a kidney infection. He went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and two runs scored.The infection became clear after tests Friday. A round of medication cleared up the situation, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Saturday afternoon. Cabrera was able to take batting practice with the team and then assume his normal role at first base, batting in the cleanup spot. Cabrera said after the game that he wasn't pain-free, but that the pain was much less and was manageable. The Tigers managed seven runs on Friday and beat the Mariners without Cabrera, including a two-run double by replacement first baseman Don Kelly, but Cabrera's absence isn't something they'd want to try for an extended stretch. He entered Saturday night standing second in the Majors with 20 home runs and 68 RBIs, while his .337 batting average ranked fifth. He missed two games at Seattle in late May, and the Tigers lost both of them. Cabrera has a good chance of being named to the American League All-Star team when rosters are announced on Sunday at noon ET on TBS.
Inge making adjustments at plate
DETROIT -- Brandon Inge slugged his way to a stellar first half and an All-Star Game selection last season with help from adjustments in his batting stance. He hasn't abandoned it during his up-and-down season this year, but he's doing some tweaking back to his old form.Inge featured a little more of his old form at the plate on Friday, and he churned out two ground-ball singles for his first multihit game since June 18. He fell into a 4-for-28 slump shortly after that, dropping his average 13 points, and went 0-for-11 with four strikeouts against the Twins earlier this week. Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon said Saturday they worked to bring back Inge's old leg kick and get him to reach more pitches. Inge said they tried to eliminate some unnecessary movement. This isn't a major overhaul, but it's a notable adjustment for someone who credited his hitting work last year with his resurgence. Inge said it wasn't any reaction to injuries. "My legs are getting back," he said. "They're not even an issue really anymore. But from the habits that I had, trying to work with that swing, I didn't like the way it was going. I like that the hand positioning corrected the problem that I had in the past, so now I don't have that same problem as I had the past, so I'm trying to eliminate a little bit of movement. My stride hasn't been going quite where I wanted it to. "Really, it's just eliminating a lot of movement. I can say I put probably four or five swings on as good as I've done in a couple years. And I'm not even talking about the hits, necessarily. It's going to be good. It's just a minor thing."
Outfielder Brennan Boesch and closer Jose Valverde were voted by media as the Tigers Player and Pitcher of the Month for June. Boesch batted .337 in June with eight home runs and 23 RBIs. Valverde allowed one earned run over 13 1/3 innings, recording seven saves and striking out 16 batters. ... The Tigers are flipping rookie Andy Oliver and Armando Galarraga in the rotation next week. Oliver will move up a day and pitch Monday afternoon against the Orioles, with Galarraga bumped back to face Baltimore Tuesday night. The move puts Oliver in position to face the Twins next Sunday, giving Detroit a left-handed starter against Twins left-handed hitters Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. ... Johnny Damon will be out of the starting lineup Saturday and Sunday against Seattle left-handers Jason Vargas and Cliff Lee.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.