• GM Avila shows support for Ausmus
Bench coach Gene Lamont will step in to manage in Ausmus' place. Lamont managed a game last week after Ausmus received a one-game suspension for an animated argument with home-plate umpire Doug Eddings, which the Tigers won, 10-8.
"I wish I didn't have to manage today, but I do," Lamont said Wednesday morning. "I'll be all right."
Former Tigers manager and current special assistant Alan Trammell, who filled in as a coach earlier this season, will do so again on Wednesday, serving as Lamont's bench coach. Trammell will not accompany the team on its West Coast trip, so the Tigers will most likely go short-staffed for Friday's series opener against the A's.
Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.