Pittsburgh — Two left-handed pitchers had been optioned to Triple A Toledo on Monday, but were working out with the Tigers.
Anibal Sanchez is headed for the disabled list, but wasn’t placed on it yet.
And Rick Porcello, who was supposed to pitch tonight, won’t.
Such was the state of the Tigers clubhouse Monday following a 6-5, 19-inning loss to the Blue Jays a day earlier.
Monday was about who’s here.
That was the natural result of a day on which three pitchers were added because of the toll from the 19-inning affair that took more than six hours to complete.
Back from Toledo are left-hander Ian Krol and right-hander Justin Miller. Up from Toledo for the first time with the Tigers, but not for this first time in the majors, is 30-year-old Kevin Whelan, a fourth-round Tigers pick in 2005.
“Fresh arms,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “The bullpen literally was exhausted.”
Optioned to Toledo were left-handers Blaine Hardy and Patrick McCoy, who threw three innings each in the marathon.
But, they were still with the team at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
“They came out for a workout,” Ausmus said. “But they’re heading out. We had to have someone capable of pitching right away, and neither of them could.
“They both fully understood it. A lot of times relievers kind of see these things coming after a game like that. They know it’s impossible for them to pitch for a few days. They were very professional about it.”
To make room on the 40-man roster for Whelan, the Tigers released Casey Crosby, whose career has been plagued by injuries and surgeries (Tommy John) since he looked like a top-notch pitching prospect in 2009.
Buck Farmer, a right-hander at Double A Erie (1-0, 3.00 ERA), will be called up to pitch Wednesday against the Pirates.
Despite the changes the long game forced the Tigers to make in the bullpen and in the rotation because Porcello was used in relief, Ausmus didn’t foresee an emotional “hangover,” so to speak.
“Big league players know how to turn the page,” he said. “I don’t think it will be a big deal. They look on it as one game, whether it’s nine or 19 innings. When it’s over, there is nothing you can do about it. You have to move on.”
But for those who played the entire game on artificial turf, the carryover physical effect “will differ from person to person,” Ausmus said.
“That’s the one thing which concerns me about the length of that game,” he said. “It was on turf. But we have to field a team.”
So if any of the regulars felt heavy-legged, there wasn’t much that could be done.
There was something that could be done about the bullpen, however, and Ausmus admitted that right after the conclusion of the game, “we started thinking in terms of making moves.”
Not all plans could be finalized, however.
For instance, replacing Joakim Soria as the seventh-inning pitcher will be a case of “mix and match” for a few days, Ausmus said.
The official reason Soria went on the disabled list was a left oblique strain. The Tigers had been hoping he’d feel better and he might not have to be placed on the disabled list, but that didn’t turn out to be the case.