Ausmus leaves team after news of his mother's death

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus

Detroit — The Tigers will play at least the next two games without their manager.

Brad Ausmus learned early Wednesday morning that his mother, Linda Susan, had passed away in Connecticut.

He left the clubhouse several hours before the game to fly back to the family home. He was already scheduled to miss the first game of the series in Oakland Friday to attend his daughter Sophie’s high school graduation.

Gene Lamont will take over the managerial duties. And for the game Wednesday, Alan Trammell will be in uniform and in the dugout.

“I wish I didn’t have to manage today, but I do,” said a somber Lamont. “I will manage today and I was going to do the game Friday anyway because Brad’s daughter is graduating. I think that will be it.”

Trammell went through a similar situation when he was managing the Tigers in 2003. His mother died near the end of that season. 

“It’s really tough,” Trammell said. “Brad will get through it. He’s going to be doing a lot of flying here in the next couple of days.”

Ausmus consulted over the lineup before he left. Both Ian Kinsler (ill) and Justin Upton (quad) remain out. 

“Kinsler was sick yesterday and he’s still not feeling good,” Lamont said. “With the off day (Thursday) we just think it best that he and Justin take the extra day. I am sure they will be ready on Friday.”

Kinsler is dealing with a virus. It’s possible he and Upton could be available to pinch hit if needed.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we came to the eighth inning and Kinsler said if we needed a pinch hitter he could do it,” Lamont said. 

Like Tuesday night, Cameron Maybin hit in the leadoff spot. Steven Moya started in left field and Mike Aviles started at second base.

The other change is that Victor Martinez got the start at first base. Miguel Cabrera will be the designated hitter.

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