Yeah. I’ve got it. The Indians offense decided to take the last week off. If we miss the playoffs, you won’t have to search any further than the last ten days to see why. We have lost games to the following pitchers- Joaquin Benoit, Brandon McCarthy, Pat Neshek and Dennys Reyes.
Fortunately they managed to salvage the last game against the Rangers. The most remarkable thing about this slide is that they have not lost any ground to the Tigers. Though, if we had managed to win 7 of ten, then we would be like 4 games up. The Yankees are 3 games behind in the wild card race- the Mariners only a game behind. Time to get moving again Tribe. Let’s fire up the offense and win some games on the road.
On a side note- Ryan Garko has been terrific. Not only that, but the Tigers haven’t been getting real good news lately. From the Tigers clubhouse notes-
Sheffield continues to have right shoulder pain, claiming to have felt numbness in his right hand since having a cortisone shot. “When I want to fire, it’s not firing… I just don’t feel strong.” Sheffield told The Detroit Free Press on Thursday.
Sheffield will have a medical exam on his right shoulder in the next few days in Detroit. Tiger’s manager Jim Leyland did not speculate whether Sheffield will miss any games. “I am concerned, because I know if it’s the worst-case scenario, I’m thinking about long-term and what I’m going to do about it,” Sheffield told Detroit Free Press.
Sounds to me like Sheffield might even be thinking surgery. I never want to wish ill health to any player. If Sheffield is out, that puts a serious hole in the Detroit line-up. In other Tiger news-
General manager Dave Dombrowski was unimpressed with Rodney’s (15-day disabled list, shoulder)last outing for Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday (1/3 of an inning, one hit and a walk), so he wants the reliever to make one more rehab appearance with Toledo on Saturday before rejoining the Tigers in a few days, reports the Detroit Free Press.