Chicago - The situation, if not critical, has at the least become dangerously unstable for the Tigers.
The Detroit Tigers have placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
Kinsler has been playing through a minor hamstring injury, but apparently tweaked it again during Friday's game.
The Tigers were largely without Kinsler on Saturday, and they'll continue to be without the All-Star. The club recalled outfielder and third baseman JaCoby Jones from Triple-A Toledo and purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Arcenio Leon from the same affiliate.
The Tigers will also be without left-hander Chad Bell, who heads to Triple-A Toledo. In fact, in 41 games, he is batting just.239 with four home runs and 11 RBIs. "I finally answered one of them, and they told me I was coming up here". He won his first Gold Glove in 2016. He's our best defending center fielder. Kinsler didn't take the field as a defensive replacement in the next inning, suggesting he could aggravated the strain while running from first to second.
Because of the double-header, the Tigers also needed to add a fresh arm to the bullpen.
Bell pitched 2.1 innings in Friday night's game, surrendering three runs, two hits, two walks and a home run. The Tigers announced that Leon was called up, while William Cuevas was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for him.
Leon is a 30-year-old journeyman who has never pitched in a big-league game but opened eyes last year in the Mexican League and did well in spring training.
And although he wasn't initially invited to big-league camp this spring, he pitched his way onto the spring roster and very almost made the Tigers opening day roster. After a slow start, he hit well in 24 games with the Mud Hens.