In a not unexpected move, the Tigers have released veteran relievers Craig Dingman and Joey Eischen. Both were part of the large battery of potential relief candidates at Toledo this season, and had been on the disabled list since spring training ended.
Eischen had signed with the Tigers after being released by the Washington Nationals
last October. The Tigers brought him to spring training with the hope that he could regain his prior form as a solid lefty reliever. The 36-year old is a veteran of ten Major League seasons that include a 3.67 ERA in 324 appearances. Eischen has bounced around in recent years, pitching for Montreal, Los Angeles, Detroit, Cincinnati, and Washington since 1994. He had been battling injuries this spring and just wasn't able to make it back.
Craig Dingman had pitched in 58 games for the Tigers in 2004 and 2005, before a rare shoulder injury sidelined him for all of last season. The former 36th round choice of the Yankees was diagnosed with a torn artery in his right shoulder during spring training in 2006; an injury that required an arterial bypass, a first for a Major League player. Dingman had signed with the Tigers in January 2004, after spending parts of the previous three seasons in the Yankees, Rockies, Reds, and Cubs organizations.
The overall impact of these moves should be negligible, as neither were expected to contribute in Detroit this season.