The Tigers could be a bit closer to 100 percent next week, as two key cogs are expected to return.
Reliever Ryan Perry said he’s “90 to 95 percent” after throwing pain-free for the second time since going on the 15-day disabled list with bicep tendinitis on June 9. Perry will throw again tomorrow and accompany the team to New York for their series with the Mets.
“I really feel like next week,” Perry said when asked when he thought he’d return. “I feel great. I haven’t felt any flair-ups or anything since it happened. I’m feeling great and I don’t feel anything throwing. I have total movement and strength. I’m very confident that I’ll be back soon.”
Perry had struggled after strong start, and compiled a 1-4 record with a 5.82 ERA before going on the DL.
Austin Jackson is not expected to play in Sunday’s afternoon finale with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but is hoping for a return Tuesday against the Mets. Jim Leyland said he’d be “happy” if he returned Tuesday but wasn’t going to commit to anything. Jackson has missed five games with back spasms, and the Tigers have been erring on the side of caution with the rookie.
Jackson took full batting practice and attempted to go through his usual pregame routine before Saturday’s game against the D-backs, but he mirrored Leyland’s message — there’s no reason to push too hard with an off-day coming up.
Detroit has been holding its own in center field in Jackson’s absence, using a combination of Ryan Raburn and Don Kelly to patrol the spacious position. They’ve have been surprisingly solid defensively, and have brought a little pop with their bats as well. Perry’s presence hasn’t been missed as much, as relievers Phil Coke and Eddie Bonine have both been very impressive in middle relief roles.
Perry won’t be eligible to return until Thursday.