Detroit – Between threatening weather and the never-relenting COVID-19 scare, the Tigers remained in limbo Saturday morning regarding their decision to call up No. 1 prospect Casey Mize from the taxi squad.
The Tigers still haven’t named a starter for the series-finale against the Reds Sunday, and it’s clear that Mize is standing by.
“We can’t announce it yet, but I think you guys have a pretty good feeling about it,” manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Except the forecast for Sunday shows 80 percent chance of rain. On top of that, another St. Louis Cardinals player tested positive for the virus on Saturday, bringing the count to three. Their last two games in Milwaukee were cancelled.
And the Cardinals are due at Comerica Park Monday and Tuesday, with the Tigers going to St. Louis Wednesday and Thursday. Those games are obviously in jeopardy.
“That’s kind of why we’re not making any announcement,” Gardenhire said. “We’re on a day-to-day basis here. We have to make sure everything is OK before we make the announcement.”
Gardenhire also said that Rule 5 rookie Rony Garcia would be available to pitch Saturday, following opener Michael Fulmer. Sunday would be Garcia’s turn in the rotation, so that’s another indication that Mize is the intended starter for Sunday.
What the Tigers don’t want is for Mize to come up and sit for 10 days, or, worse, to have to bounce up and down between Detroit and Toledo. The hope is that when he gets called up, he will be here to stay.