Tigers Put Reliver On The 15-day DL

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Detroit reliever Todd Jones was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday as the Tigers waited for Kyle Farnsworth to join them.
Jones, who recently lost his closer's job, has inflammation in his right shoulder. He has been bothered by pain in the shoulder for six weeks.
The 40-year-old righty, who has 319 career saves, pitched 1 1-3 innings in Detroit's 14-12 win in 13 innings on Wednesday. In the sixth inning, he gave up a leadoff homer to Kelly Shoppach, who angered Jones by flipping his bat toward the Tigers' dugout as he ran from the batter's box.
Jones is 4-1 with 18 saves and a 5.05 ERA in 44 games.
To take Jones' roster spot, the club recalled left-hander Clay Rapada from Triple-A Toledo. He was 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 17 outings with the Mud Hens, and went 2-0 in 14 appearances for Detroit earlier this season.
Needing to help their bullpen for a playoff push, the Tigers acquired Farnsworth from the New York Yankees on Wednesday for 14-time All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez. Farnsworth, who will set up for new closer Fernando Rodney, will not join Detroit until Friday when it continues a 10-game trip in Tampa Bay.
Before going on the DL, Jones, who has 319 career saves, was 1-1 with an 11.23 ERA and three blown saves in seven tries in his last 13 outings.
The Tigers entered Thursday's series finale against the Indians 5 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago White Sox. With Jones ineffective and Joel Zumaya and Rodney still working their way back after injuries, the club needed an experienced arm for the late innings and hope Farnsworth can help.
As for Jones, he took exception to Shoppach's showboating and yelled and stared at Cleveland's catcher during his trip around the bases.
"I didn't like it," Jones told the Detroit Free Press. "I didn't think it was very professional."
Shoppach, who was not in the starting lineup on Thursday after a long night, said he got caught up in the moment.
"I got carried away," said Shoppach, who went 5-for-6 with two homers and tied the major league record with five extra-base hits. "It wasn't intentional. I was excited. It was a big spot for us."
Shoppach said he spoke with Tigers catcher Brandon Inge after the game and explained his actions.
"Every now and then I've been know to flip a bat," he said.


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