Inside Pitch: Tata Won't Be Gone Long

Jordan Tata was sent down to Toledo earlier this week, but it had nothing to do with how he pitched in Detroit - moreso with the fact that Tata needs to pitch, and he wasn't getting a chance to do that in Detroit.

Don't be surprised to see right-handed reliever Jordan Tata back in Detroit before too long. The Tigers sent Tata to the minors after Wednesday's game, recalling right-hander Roman Colon, but it was more to give Tata steady work than because of any deficiencies on his part.

"I guarantee you," manager Jim Leyland said, "Tata didn't get sent out because he did anything wrong. He got sent out because we think he has a future and we want to get him going a little bit.

"This was great for him. He got a month or so in the big leagues, seeing what the hitters are like and what it's all about. Plus my wife wants to adopt him, so he'll be back.

"I had to tell her at breakfast to put the adoption on hold because I'm sending him out."

Tata had an impressive spring training, especially for someone who pitched exclusive at the high Class A level last season. A late spring training injury to closer Todd Jones put Tata on Detroit's major league roster, and good pitching kept him there when Detroit could have sent him down.

But Tata will make his first start for Triple-A Toledo this weekend. Good results down there would put him line to come back to Detroit at the first opportunity.

--Detroit's game Thursday night at Baltimore was rained out. No makeup date was set.

The Tigers don't make another trip to Camden Yards this season, and the two share just four common days off -- Aug. 10, Aug. 28, Sept. 21 or Sept. 25. It is likely one of those four will be chosen as the makeup date.

--LHP Kenny Rogers will start Friday night in Cleveland after seeing his scheduled start Thursday night in Baltimore rained out.

"Just back everybody up," manager Jim Leyland said of his pitching plans following the rainout. "I'm not skipping anybody."

--RHP Jordan Tata has known for some time he would be sent to the minors to start. Tata felt when RHP Todd Jones was activated off the disabled list at mid-month he would be sent back, but manager Jim Leyland felt he was one of his best 12 pitchers, so Tata stayed.

The manager still feels that way but acknowledges at this point Tata needs regular work.

In seven appearances for the Tigers, Tata was 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA.

The organization feels his future is as a starter, not a long reliever, so he'll make his first start of the season at the Triple-A level rather than Double-A as planned during spring training.

--RHP Roman Colon, who failed to make the Tigers' roster as a starter in spring training, was brought up to Detroit as a relief pitcher Wednesday.

Manager Jim Leyland summoned Colon to replace RHP Jordan Tata, who was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. "Colon will pitch anywhere from the second inning to the seventh," Leyland said. His season debut for Toledo was delayed due to injury.

--DH Dmitri Young is feeling pain in his right quadriceps again, the same muscle injury that landed him on the disabled list earlier this season.

Young experienced muscle spasms in the quad Wednesday night, leaving manager Jim Leyland undecided how much to play his designated hitter. Leyland will decide at game time Friday whether Young will start.

--SS Carlos Guillen made two errors Wednesday night and now has the most in the league, 9. RF Magglio Ordonez wanted to talk to Guillen, along with Omar Infante and infield coach Rafael Belliard.

Belliard said the players were telling Guillen he "could be a Gold Glove shortstop." Gloving the ball hasn't been as much a problem as making the transfer from glove to hand or simply throwing it by the first baseman.

"Things happen," Guillen said. "Guys on the bench don't make errors. Guys sitting in the stands don't make errors. You play every day, things happen."

"I don't think there's any question that what he's doing is correctable," manager Jim Leyland said. "To be honest, Carlos Guillen is the least of our problems."

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