Tigers' Alex Wilson will need rehab assignment before returning

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Detroit — The way he was peppering throws at Jordan Zimmermann before the game Tuesday, it looked like Tigers’ reliever Alex Wilson might be ready to come off the disabled list when his 10-day stint expires on Friday.

Alas, that’s not happening.

“No, I won’t be ready, but this was a big step,” said Wilson, who is out with a ruptured plantar fasciitis in his left foot. “Being able to throw and really land on my front side, with my cleats on — it was a good step. I can still feel it in my heel. 

“It feels like a bad stone bruise.”

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Wilson expects to go on the two-city road trip with the Tigers to continue his rehab and throwing program. Manager Ron Gardenhire, though, said there needed to be a discussion about the travel roster.

“We have to talk to Al (Avila, general manager),” Gardenhire said. “If you have too many guys injured, it complicates the whole situation in the clubhouse. You got guys needing treatment who are playing and you have the guys who are hurt. 

“If you got guys who might come off the DL during the trip, you take them. If they can get on the field and do their work while we are out there, then I’d say yeah, bring them. But if not, if they can do their treatment here, then they can stay.”

It might not be the best medicine for Wilson to leave him back.

“I’m itching to get back,” Wilson said. “I’m freakin’ miserable right now, like a caged animal.”

Wilson said he hopes to throw a bullpen session or two this week and then most likely go on a minor-league rehab assignment.

“Every day has been a big step forward,” he said. “I just want to keep progressing.”

On Cano

Gardenhire was asked for his opinion about Mariners star Robinson Cano, who was suspended 80 games Tuesday for violating baseball’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs.

“No one in baseball likes to hear these things,” he said. “He’s one of the better players in the game and it’s unfortunate. It’s always something — you take something you think has no issues and it does. That’s sad. 

“The game needs these players. The game needs him playing in games. Now he has to sit out a while. And he’s got a broken hand on top of it. I am sure this isn’t an easy time for him.”

Gardenhire made it clear he had no inside information regarding the suspension, but he is willing to give Cano the benefit of the doubt.

“He will pay the price for something I don’t really believe he had intention of doing,” Gardenhire said. “That’s just my opinion, not knowing anything really deep about it. I just know him and I think he just got caught up in something — he got a shot of something that screwed him up a little.

“That’s me talking. No depth to it whatsoever. It’s just my feelings for him because I really like him … I read his statement and I believe the guy. I believe it just happened and he feels really bad about it.”

Slow the roll

Center fielder Leonys Martin (hamstring) has been taking batting practice and doing baseball activity on the field the last two days. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday and he has set his sights on doing just that.

But Gardenhire pumped the brakes on that Tuesday.

“He had his MRI and there were things in there that we’d seen from a previous injury,” he said. “He probably stretched out an old injury, that’s what the strain was about. But going forward, we’ve got to slow him down a lot.

“He’s anxious and he wants to get back in there. But we have to get all the swelling out. He’s better now, but he’s still got some work to do.”

Around the horn

The Tigers will call up left-hander Ryan Carpenter from Toledo Wednesday to make his second spot start of the season for the Tigers. He was 1-3 with a 5.01 ERA in seven starts at Toledo. He went three innings and allowed three runs in his Major-League debut against the Pirates back in April. 

…The Tigers will announce a corresponding move after the game. 

… Right fielder Nick Castellanos (finger) returned to the lineup Tuesday. Just in time to face Indians’ starter Josh Tomlin, who he’s hit .323 (10 for 31) against, with three doubles, a home run and five RBIs. 



First pitch: 1:10 p.m., Wednesday

TV/radio: FSD, 97.1

Scouting report:

RHP Trevor Bauer (2-3, 3.00), Indians: He was roughed up by the Royals in his last start (5 runs, 11 hits in 4⅔ inning). His velocity was up 2 mph on all of his pitches that day, averaging 97 mph on his four-seam fastball. But they must’ve straightened out. The Royals hit .600 on his heater and .667 on his slider. 

LHP Ryan Carpenter (0-0, 7.36), Tigers: This will be his second spot start and third appearance with the Tigers. He gave up three runs in three innings against the Pirates in April. He pitched two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief against the Mariners on Saturday.