Collins back with Tigers; Iglesias still stranded in Florida

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News

Toronto — With roster limits freed in September, and with a sudden loss of personnel, the Tigers invited outfielder Tyler Collins to rejoin the team for their oncoming three-game series against the Indians at Cleveland.

Collins, 27, was added because of a roster thinned by a combination of events and injuries.

Tyler Collins

Following paternity leave, Jose Iglesias has been stranded in the Miami area because of Hurricane Irma’s disruptions.

A pair of outfielders, Mikie Mahtook and Alex Presley, have been dealing with minor injuries that kept them out of the weekend series against Toronto, which wrapped up Sunday when the Blue Jays whipped the Tigers, 8-2, at Rogers Centre.

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Collins had been with the Tigers for 40 early-season games but was hitting only .200 and was sent to Triple A Toledo. He finished strong with the Mud Hens, batting .343 in his final 10 games, and .309 during the season’s second half.

The Tigers are not certain when Iglesias will be rejoining the team. Mahtook’s and Presley’s injuries are believed to be short-term and either player could be in the lineup for Detroit’s three-game set against the Indians, which begins Monday night at Progressive Field.

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Potential help?

Among pitchers auditioning this month for future Tigers work is Artie Lewicki, 25, and a man from the University of Virginia the Tigers liked with their eighth-round draft pick in 2014.

He stuck around for two innings Sunday and was touched for only an unearned run, which scored on catcher James McCann’s passed ball. Lewicki allowed three hits, walked no one, and struck out three Jays batters.

His long-term picture for the Tigers is uncertain. Lewicki pitched his way to Detroit after putting together a sizzling string of August games at Triple-A Toledo. In his last four starts for the Mud Hens — a 25-inning span —  Lewicki was nicked for all of three runs.

“He throws strikes,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, “and at times we’ve had trouble doing that as a staff.”

Lewicki’s best friend Sunday was a fastball that hung in the 93-mph vicinity.

“The challenge for me sometimes is commanding my fastball down in the zone,” said Lewicki, who also throws a curveball, slider, and a change-up.

The Tigers see him, for now, as a starter if the need arises at a time disabled and traded pitchers have in fact handed Lewicki one start since he arrived from Toledo.

But the bullpen figures to be a more regular option, as it was Sunday against the Jays.

Just fine

Nick Castellanos’ apprenticeship in right field continued Sunday, minus mishap.

He had a lone put-out on a fly ball in the sixth. He otherwise handled hits to the outfield and relays in line with big-league baseball’s job manual.

“He was fine,” Ausmus said. “He certainly held his own. He didn’t look out of place. He was fine.”

On deck: Indians

Series: Three games, Monday-Wednesday, Progressive Field, Cleveland

First pitch: 7:10 Monday-Tuesday, 12:10 Wednesday

TV/radio: All three games on FSD/97.1

Probables: Monday — Myles Jaye (1-0, 0.00) vs. Carlos Carrasco (14-6, 3.53); Tuesday — Matt Boyd (5-9, 5.93) vs. Corey Kluber (15-4, 2.56); Wednesday — Buck Farmer (4-2, 6.32) vs. Mike Clevinger (9-5, 3.30).

Scouting report

RHP Jaye, Tigers: He has pitched sturdily this season at Double-A Erie and at Triple-A Toledo and is getting a September shot in a debilitated rotation. Doesn’t throw overly hard. Will need to be very, very sharp against the heavy-hitting Indians.

RHP Carrasco, Indians: Carrasco has been yet another reason why the Indians have looked during their September siege like a potential championship team. Excellent power pitcher. Tigers, beware.