New Tiger Candelario called up; Iglesias on bereavement

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Jeimer Candelario

Baltimore — Third baseman Jeimer Candelario, acquired by the Detroit Tigers from the Chicago Cubs in the trade for Justin Wilson and Alex Avila, was called up from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.

The promotion of Candelario, 23, followed the Tigers placing shortstop Jose Iglesias on the bereavement list Sunday.

“It’s a personal matter,” manager Brad Ausmus, who scratched Iglesias from the starting lineup Sunday and replaced him with Dixon Machado.

“A family member passed away.”

Iglesias left the team Sunday and will miss a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven.

Candelario appeared in six games for the Toledo Mud Hens since the trade. He went 5-for-26 (.192)  with one home run and seven strikeouts.

Machado had a single and made a difficult running, circling, over-the-shoulder catch of a pop up by Chris Davis in the seventh inning Sunday of the Tigers' 12-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

“He’s got some defensive skill,” Ausmus said of Machado. “He hasn’t gotten much playing time because of Iglesias being here. But he’s swung the bat extremely well when he’s gotten opportunity, he hasn’t griped or complained. Today you saw what he’s capable of.”

Homeboy Hicks

John Hicks, getting a rare start behind the plate, had a large contingent of family and friends up from his hometown of Goochland, Virginia (three-hour drive).

He rewarded them with a career-high tying three hits — a pair of singles and a double. He will also, no doubt, get some good-natured ribbing about his throw to second that sliced and ended up right field in the second inning.

“It’s always fun to get hits,” Hicks said of the bitter-sweet day. “But my job is to get my pitcher through the game and give us a quality outing.”

Anibal Sanchez started and was tagged for five home runs, and eight runs total, in three innings.

“I had a lot of family here today, and it’s always nice to have them here for me,” he said.

Hicks has hit safely in 17 of his 26 games with the Tigers, hitting .320 with four doubles, two triples, and two home runs.

Bell rings

It’s borne out of necessity, of course, but the Tigers have had exceptional long-relief efforts from both Warwick Saupold and Chad Bell.

It was Bell’s turn Sunday. He stalled the hot Orioles’ offensive for 3.1 innings, allowing just two hits with three strikeouts.

“He did an outstanding job,” Ausmus said. “And he’s done that a number of times for us. He’s been very good in that particular role.”

That’s 4.1 straight scoreless innings for Bell.

His overall numbers are inflated, because of two outings in a row against the Royals where he gave up runs after pitching two scoreless innings. He gave up four runs in his third inning of work at Kansas City on July 20, then at Comerica, after two scoreless innings, the Royals got him for five.

Around the horn

Andrew Romine subbed at first base Sunday for Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera had gotten on base four times Saturday night (three walks and a single) and was on his feet for the long, three-hour, 21-minute game. With his chronic back issues, Ausmus decided to rest him for the day game.

…Romine, Hicks and Ian Kinsler each had three hits.

Nick Castellanos hit his 16th home run Sunday, whacking a first-pitch breaking ball 405 feet into the left-field seats. He is hitting .388 (20 for 50) with four doubles, two triples and two homers swinging at the first pitch. It was also the 500th hit of his career.