7/29/2014 11:59 P.M. ET
Castellanos, Suarez nicked up, forced out of action
By Matt Slovin / MLB.com
DETROIT -- Two rookies comprise the left side of Detroit's infield in third baseman Nick Castellanos and shortstop Eugenio Suarez. Both were injured Tuesday night and had to be removed from the game -- in Castellanos' case, before it even began.
Castellanos took a grounder off his right index finger during batting practice, causing a contusion that needed to be drained.
"Don't think it's anything serious," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Castellanos' injury. "It was a little sore. ... Just took the safe route and got him out of there.
"Nick probably could've played, if he was forced to. It's not a big concern."
Suarez's injury, which is being called lower back soreness, became worse in the third inning when he bent down to field a grounder. Suarez made a throwing error after fielding the ball.
He originally aggravated his back, feeling a "pinch," as he described it, on Alexei Ramirez's first-inning groundout. Suarez exited the game in the fourth inning, when Andrew Romine pinch-hit for him.
"I will try to play tomorrow," said Suarez, who is listed as day to day. "Right now, it hurts a little bit."
Soria struggles in first home appearance
DETROIT -- As a former division foe with the Royals, Joakim Soria has plenty of respect for his new hometown fans as the newest member of the Tigers.
"When you go into a ballpark, and you see the stands full, you know they're excited about baseball," Soria said.
Tuesday night against the White Sox, the reliever, who was acquired from Texas last week, did absolutely nothing to endear himself to those fans. In his second appearance for Detroit, he had what he called "probably the worst outing of my career."
In just one-third of an inning, Soria allowed six hits and four runs. Two of those hits left the yard -- the first two homers he has given up this season. He matched his home run total from 2013 in two at-bats Tuesday.
"Obviously, it wasn't what I wanted," a visibly disappointed Soria said. "A new impression is the one that counts to the fans."
The boos began raining down on the Comerica Park mound after Soria gave up a single, a double and a Jose Abreu home run to begin his outing. That Adam Dunn followed with a blast to right to make it back-to-back shots simply made those boos a little louder.
"It seemed like everything I threw, they were on it," Soria said.
Tuesday's outing followed Soria's appearance Saturday in Anaheim in which he allowed a run on two hits in, again, just one-third of an inning. Manager Brad Ausmus showed little concern over Soria's first two outings as a Tiger, believing he can still do what he was brought in to do -- bolster a struggling bullpen.
"Well, we certainly haven't seen the real Joakim Soria," Ausmus said. "He was missing out over the middle of the plate, and they took advantage.
"I'm certainly not going to make a judgment on Joakim Soria based on one outing."
Dirks' rehab assignment remains on hold
DETROIT -- The Tigers have not yet made a decision on when outfielder Andy Dirks will begin a rehab assignment, according to manager Brad Ausmus.
Dirks went on a rehab assignment earlier this month but had it cut short because of inflammation in his back. Since then, he has resumed baseball activities in Lakeland, Fla., at the club's spring complex.
Dirks has missed the entire season after undergoing back surgery in March.
Miggy hits fourth, plays third
DETROIT -- For just the fifth time this season, Miguel Cabrera was not in his usual No. 3 spot in the Tigers' batting order on Tuesday night.
Instead, he batted cleanup. Detroit manager Brad Ausmus hinted that the decision to bat Cabrera fourth had more to do with Rajai Davis' numbers against White Sox starter Jose Quintana than anything else.
"More of a matchup issue," the skipper said.
Third baseman Nick Castellanos was scratched from the lineup about an hour before first pitch because of a right index finger contusion. In his place, Cabrera moved over to third, and Victor Martinez played first.
Davis, who batted second, entered the game with eight hits in 20 at-bats against Quintana. This is the first time Cabrera's been out of the third spot in an American League park.
A reporter suggested to Cabrera that the lineup change might lead to more baserunners when he comes to the plate.
"Yes, please!" he said.
Cabrera committed an error during Chicago's seven-run seventh inning as the White Sox ran away with an 11-4 victory.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.