The Tigers are in free-fall mode and Kenny Rogers won't be riding to their rescue this week as had been hoped.
Detroit's veteran lefty had a setback in a throwing session Sunday as he tries to return from a strained pitching elbow. Rogers would be eligible to return from the disabled list on Friday, but that won't happen now. Manager Jim Leyland said Sunday that Rogers would likely miss more than one start, according to the Detroit Free Press.
"I'm frustrated, without a doubt," Rogers said, according to the Free Press. "I'm not happy being out, much less not being ready as fast as we need."
Detroit, which had the best record in baseball on July 21, has gone 4-12 since and has lost nine of its last 11. Rookie lefty Andrew Miller also was placed on the disabled list this week with a left hamstring strain, leaving the Tigers without two of their rotation members during the stretch run. The Tigers currently lead the wild-card race, but lead the Yankees and Mariners by just a half-game.
Rogers is 3-2 with a 5.23 ERA in just six starts this season. The four-time All-Star missed the Tigers' first 71 games after undergoing surgery on March 30 to remove a blood clot from his left shoulder and repair arteries. This the third time the 42-year-old
has been on the DL in his 19-year big league career.
Rogers was 17-8 with a 3.48 ERA last year and won all three of his postseason starts while not allowing a run in 23 innings for the defending AL champions.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.