Price, Verlander (DL) both on track for weekend series vs. Indians
By John Jackson
Special to MLB.com |
CHICAGO -- Manager Brad Ausmus said on Saturday that he would clear up the Tigers' rotation outlook on Sunday, but provided just a partial answer before the finale of the three-game series with the White Sox.
Right-handers Anibal Sanchez and Shane Greene will start the two games against the Cubs in Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess.
What's up in the air is when Justin Verlander (who is ready to return from a right triceps strain) and David Price -- both pitched on Saturday -- will start in the three-game series against the Indians next weekend.
"We have to see how he feels," Ausmus said of Verlander. "I haven't talked to him yet. I just texted him."
Complicating matters is the Tigers have two days off (Monday and Thursday) this week. Either Verlander or Price will pitch the opener on Friday against the Indians and the other one will be working on six days' rest Saturday.
"You just have to juggle the staff a little bit," Ausmus said.
The Tigers haven't announced what their plans are for reliever Bruce Rondon, who struggled in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Toledo on Saturday. Rondon allowed four runs on four hits with three walks and a strikeout in an inning-plus. In seven rehab outings, he is 1-2 with a 12.15 ERA.
"I don't get overly concerned with the numbers," Ausmus said. "Just more of them feeling healthy. We'll decide what the next step is once we know he's healthy."
John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.