September is usually a time of year when Major League Baseball teams expand their rosters, but for the Detroit Tigers there's not much to expand.â†µ
Injuries have decimated both the major and minor league rosters and likely mean that there will be few September callups in Motown:â†µ
"They're all here," (manager Jim) Leyland said, only slightly exaggerating. "The cupboard's pretty bare down there."â†µ
That's more of a numbers issue than a personnel issue. With Danny Worth still sidelined by his bruised left heel, Brent Dlugach now out with a strained left oblique, Fu-Te Ni on a throwing program from his left arm injury, Ryan Strieby still out with an injured left wrist, and now reliever Luis Marte on the disabled list after taking a liner off his right arm, the Mud Hens are about as injury-riddled as the Tigers.â†µ
"The cupboard" Leyland is referring to is Triple-A Toledo, the Tigers' main minor league affiliate. With injuries to both Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez, the Tigers already have more minor leaguers on the roster than they'd prefer, not to mention the injuries to the guys that are down in Toledo right now.â†µ
Detroit is firmly out of the playoff hunt, so there's little reason to bring people up other than to showcase what they can do at the big league level.