8/12/2014 7:59 P.M. ET
Tigers manipulate roster to keep Hardy in 'pen
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
PITTSBURGH -- A day after being optioned to Triple-A Toledo, Blaine Hardy was back in the Tigers' bullpen Tuesday night, having been recalled. In reality, he never left the team.
The Tigers used a little bit of roster maneuvering to replace Hardy in their bullpen while he rested his arm from Sunday's three-inning performance in Toronto. By waiting until Tuesday to place Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list, they were able to use his spot to get an exemption to allow Hardy to return early.
Under normal circumstances, a player optioned to the Minors must wait 10 days before he can be recalled. However, there's an exception when the player is replacing somebody who has been placed on the DL.
From a practical standpoint, Hardy replaces Justin Miller, who was recalled from Toledo on Monday afternoon and then gave up three runs in two innings of relief in the Tigers' 11-6 loss to the Pirates on Monday night. He was optioned back to Toledo on Tuesday to create a roster spot for Robbie Ray, Tuesday's starter and the rotation replacement for Sanchez.
Rehabbing Anibal, Soria see early progress
PITTSBURGH -- While the Tigers' medical staff received good news on test results for Justin Verlander on Tuesday, they're reporting incremental progress from Anibal Sanchez and Joakim Soria in their injury rehabs.
Sanchez, who was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a right pectoral muscle strain, stayed in Detroit this week to begin physical therapy, according to head athletic trainer Kevin Rand.
That process could last anywhere from 10 days to two weeks, team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski noted when he announced the injury. From there, he would resume his throwing program.
As for Soria, he remains with the team and has been receiving treatment on his left oblique strain. He, too, can't resume throwing until the injury is completely clear.
"He's noted a little bit of improvement at this point, " Rand said.
Detroit set vs. Bucs on schedule despite flood
PITTSBURGH -- The Tigers and Pirates are scheduled to take their Interleague series to Comerica Park on Wednesday night. For now, the game is on, despite record-setting heavy rains that have left several area freeways still flooded.
Tigers spokesperson Ron Colangelo said in an email Tuesday afternoon that there was no flooding at Comerica Park or the surrounding streets.
Thus, while getting people to and from the ballpark could be an issue, playing the game will not.
The Tigers are in a position where they're trying to play every game they can as scheduled. They'll face day-night doubleheaders on back-to-back Saturdays, leaving them playing 24 games in a 23-day stretch beginning next week. If the teams can't play Wednesday, they'll have to play a day-night doubleheader Thursday or find a common off-day late in the year during a playoff race.
Fans in some areas, especially those north of the city, might have to plan on alternate routes and potentially surface streets.