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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Rajai Davis still uncertain for ALDS

By on 10/01/2014 04:30:00 PM

The Detroit Tigers have until Thursday, October 2, at 10:00 a.m. EDT to submit their 25-man roster for the American League Division Series. The first game begins Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The hold up is manager Brad Ausmus's decision on whether or not to include center fielder Rajai Davis.'s Jason Beck has reported that Davis's status is still uncertain as of mid-afternoon on Wednesday.

Davis left Saturday's game after one at-bat because of a Grade 1 groin strain, and he did not play in Sunday's season finale. Beck quoted Ausmus saying that Davis feels better, but the Tigers' skipper cannot yet determine Davis's availability for the ALDS. Said Ausmus,
"He's only been getting treatment. I can tell you, [Monday] I saw him, he said it felt better, but I could tell by his voice that it didn't feel nearly as much better as he thought it would. Today he seemed a lot more optimistic when I talked to him. We're just going to have to wait and see."
Once the deadline passes, only an injury to an active player can allow a manager to make a roster change during a postseason series. Fortunately for Ausmus, he still has a little time to make his decision before the ALDS begins.

Ezequiel Carrera played center field Sunday, and he is an option if Davis cannot play. Don Kelly is another option with Nick Castellanos at third. Losing Davis, though, could mean that Ausmus needs an extra pinch hitter for the ALDS, which would then mean one fewer pitcher. Much hinges on Davis's status.

Should Davis miss the ALDS and the Tigers advance, Davis could return for the American League Championship Series, which begins Friday, October 10. Obviously, that would mean more roster shifting, but at this point, Ausmus needs to play to win and spare no one's feelings.

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