Tigers pitching coach Chris Bosio out a ‘couple of weeks’

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Chris Bosio

Cleveland – Detroit Tigers pitching coach Chris Bosio and his wife drove back to their home in Detroit Wednesday night.

“He’s going to be out for a couple of weeks,” manager Ron Gardenhire said before Thursday night’s game. “The doctors said that’s the best thing for him to do right now. He’s gone through everything he needs to go through and now they want him to sit back and relax a little bit.”

That’s all Gardenhire or the Tigers are allowed to say about Bosio’s medical condition, which flared up Monday and kept him away from the ballpark Tuesday and Wednesday. They are following HIPAA protocol with this situation.

“He’s fine," Gardenhire said. "He’s been through a medical issue and everything has been taken care of. Now he’s on the mend. … He’s irritated as hell. He wants to be with the baseball team. But we’re going to do what’s right.”

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Rick Anderson, the Tigers’ bullpen coach, is serving as the pitching coach in Bosio’s absence. Tigers minor league pitching coordinator A.J. Sager has filled in as the bullpen coach in Cleveland, but he may have to return to his organizational duties.

“There’s a decision that will have to be made there,” Gardenhire said. “David Littlefield (director of player development) will have to talk about that and try to decide what’s best for the organization. A.J. has other important duties.”

Staying in touch

Bosio isn’t completely out of the picture, though. Far from it. He will continue to prepare scouting reports on the opposing hitters.

“We’re still talking Boz into doing his due diligence in preparing for the games and the teams,” Gardenhire said. “He said he’d like to do that. We will get him all the information from our analytics department, like what we’d been doing.

“He will send us his reports on all the hitters and we will continue the process. He’s just going to do it at home.”

Bosio will study video of his pitchers, as well, and send in his critiques and suggestions.

Zimmermann update

The swelling had gone down considerably on the right side of Jordan Zimmermann’s face Thursday. Because of an off-day next week, he will have six days between starts.

“He’s fine,” Gardenhire said. “He came in a little sore, as we expected. But the plan is for him to go on and do his regular routine and make his next start. He’s come back ready to go. He’s a lucky man.”

Zimmermann was hit in the face by a line drive off the bat of Jason Kipnis in the first inning Wednesday. He passed the concussion protocol and had no broken bones.

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