VerHagen loses ball in the lights, breaks his nose, DL stint likely

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Cincinnati — It's been a nightmarish season for Tigers right-hander Drew VerHagen.

After making the team out of spring training, he faltered, was designated for assignment, passed over by all 29 teams, re-signed to Triple-A Toledo and now, after he worked his way back to the big leagues, he's going to spend some time on the disabled list.

VerHagen was trying to complete a double-play ball hit to first baseman John Hicks in the seventh inning Tuesday when he missed the throw from shortstop Jose Iglesias and took the ball square in the face.

"It was in the lights; I just lost it," said VerHagen afterward, his face cut and bruised. "I broke late getting over there, just trying to find the bag and catch the ball at the same time, and it just got me."

It didn't deflect off his glove at all.

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"Just squared me up," he said. 

He said he knew the nose was broken almost immediately.


"When they put the towel up to my face I felt it kind of crunch," he said.

His nose was broken and reset.

"We're going to get it checked out (further) just to make sure there are no other issues with it," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll just have to play it by ear."

Mostly likely VerHagen will be put on the disabled list. Either way, the Tigers will have to call up another pitcher. VerHagen will be out and relievers Warwick Saupold (48) and Buck Farmer (40) each threw 40-plus pitches.