Tigers Notes: Whelan, Bullpen, Dombrowski

Here’s the latest from the Motor City…

  • The Tigers will promote relievers Kevin Whelan, Justin Miller and Ian Krol from Triple-A, John Wagner of the Toledo Blade reports (all Twitter links), though all three might not be activated in time for tonight’s game against the Pirates.  In Whelan’s case, corresponding moves will need to be made to create room for the right-hander on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters.
  • The Tigers’ failure to not promote at least one reliever prior to Sunday’s 19-inning marathon loss to Toronto could have consequences for the rest of the week, James Schmehl of Mlive.comAnibal Sanchez and Joakim Soria had gone on the DL and Joe Nathan was considered unavailable after pitching in two straight games (though he threw an inning anyway), leaving the Tigers so short-handed that Rick Porcello has to come out of the bullpen.  Porcello’s usage might force some rotation juggling in the next few days, which Schmehl notes will further complicate depth issues for a Tigers club in the midst of playing 55 games in 55 days.
  • Speaking to reporters (including MLB.com’s Jason Beck) prior to Sunday’s game, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said that with regards to the Sanchez and Soria injuries, the club is “planning on filling the spots internally” rather than looking to acquire pitching help.

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