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The Tigers’ next outfield option: Clete Thomas

Oct 10, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

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I’m not going to say that outfield depth is an issue for the Tigers, because the move they made earlier this afternoon pretty much sums it up: they’ve sent Clete Thomas to the instructional league to get the rust off in the event they need to activate him as a result of another outfielder injury.

Thomas hasn’t played in the majors since 2009. He had microfracture surgery last year and spent 2011 at Toledo. ¬†And if Delmon Young — who, just a couple of days ago was thought to be a total no-go for the ALCS — has more issues with his oblique muscle, Thomas could be starting in a corner for a team with pretensions of going to the World Series.

I’m assuming all of this is because Larry Herndon hasn’t yet returned Dave Dombrowski’s phone call.

  1. foreverchipper10 - Oct 10, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Neat.

  2. purnellmeagrejr - Oct 11, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    Clete Thomas – a great baseball name.

  3. dink53 - Oct 11, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Matt Joyce would look pretty good.

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