Starting off with Nook Logan, who has gone from potential candidate to start in center and leadoff for the Tigers to Toledo starting outfielder, to being on the disabled list for a long stretch in just a matter of months. In just his first game of the season, Logan broke a finger sliding into first base, and while he was expected to out just three to four weeks, the finger has taken longer to heal, leaving him out a full eight weeks.
But good news is on the way. Logan has been fielding for the past week, began taking batting practice over the holiday weekend, and barring any last minute setback, he'll be back in centerfield for the weekend series in Ottawa, and hopefully will get back on track to working on the things he needs to; namely improving his walk and contact rates, and working through mental lapses in the field. If the Tigers remain in the race for the playoffs, they'll need a defensive and speed specialist on the bench, which is exactly what Logan provides.
Moving on to another centerfield, and the health of this one is likely even more important to the long-term success of the Tigers organization. Maybin hasn't played since the first week of May, and has been on the disabled list for the past two weeks. The good news was that the initial diagnosis meant he wouldn't need surgery, and the finger was instead put in a splint. He'll be re-evaluated later this week to see if he's making progress.
If he is, Maybin could return to action in the next couple weeks. If it's not, they might have to re-examine the avenue of surgery, and possibly ending Maybin's season way earlier than anyone had hoped. However, the team remains cautiously optimistic that they'll receive good news on Maybin in the coming days.
In other news at West Michigan, Ryan Roberson was placed on the disabled list after he sprained his wrist. In his place, the Tigers have called up Max Leon from Extended Spring Training. Leon was a 2004 draft choice, drafted in the 50th round. However, the Tigers never signed him until June of '05. Leon has worked at second base, as well as in the outfield, so the Tigers will likely use Leon at numerous positions.
Here's a picture of the newest addition to the Whitecaps: (photo courtesy of Wendy Smith)
One particular Lakeland Tiger that has had a monster month has been Victor Mendez, who hasn't always been the most consistent contributor over the years. However, the Tigers have been in need over the past couple weeks, and have called up Jack Hannahan and Chris Spurling, and so to help fill the hole, the Tigers moved Mendez up to Toledo.
Finally, Zach Miner had a bit of a scare when he was pulled from a start a couple weeks ago with a slight knee tweak. Luckily for the organization, it was nothing serious. Miner made a start over the weekend, reported no ill effects, and is still slated to make his start in turn this Friday.