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Biogenesis suspension almost over, Jhonny Peralta will start working out with Tigers

Sep 11, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Officially the Tigers haven’t made a decision yet on whether they’ll allow Jhonny Peralta to rejoin the team once his 50-game suspension is over on September 26, but the shortstop is set to begin working out with the team again.

Here’s what the Tigers said on the topic yesterday in a statement:

There has been no decision made regarding Peralta’s return to the active roster. It is an organizational decision to allow Jhonny to workout with the club in order to see if it will be in the best interest of the team to have him return at the end of his suspension.

In other words, if he looks good and like he can help the team they’ll let him play once the suspension is over, which makes it performance-based rather than morality-based. And that’s fine, especially since the Rangers plan to have Nelson Cruz on the playoff roster once he returns from the same Biogenesis-related suspension.

How much he’ll play is another issue, as slick-fielding rookie Jose Iglesias has taken over at shortstop since being acquired from the Red Sox to fill in for Peralta and the Tigers have Miguel Cabrera at third base and Omar Infante at second base. Most likely he’d fill a part-time bench role.

Peralta hit .305 with 11 homers, 29 doubles, and an .822 OPS in 104 games before the suspension and the 31-year-old is an impending free agent.

  1. chrastle75 - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    He did his time and I would much rather have Jhonny on the bench then Santiago, that’s for sure.

  2. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    With Cabrera’s recurring health problems, would it be better to have Peralta play 3b and Miggy DH, to keep him on the field?

    • 3yardsandacloud - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      And where would you then put Victor Martinez? Miggy has to stay at 3rd to allow Martinez to play since his catching days are done.

      Peralta will be a huge upgrade over Ramon Santiago.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        Martinez isnt hitting well this year though, just slightly above average (108 wRC+). Peralta is hitting a lot better (125 wRC+) and he’s also a good defender. Would it be a net positive to play Iglesias (SS) + Peralta (3b) + Cabrera (DH) over Iglesias (SS) + Cabrera (3B) + Martinez (DH)?

      • historiophiliac - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        They have had V-Mart catch this year. They might try it again in the WS at the NL park.

      • Detroit Michael - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        Victor Martinez took awhile to recover his hitting touch after missing all of 2012 to injury, but looking at his full-season batting statistics masked a pretty high-powered comeback.

        From June 29 to yesterday, Victor is batting .378 with a 940 OPS. Yes, that’s only 66 games with a start point selected to emphasize Martinez’ improvement, but still… It is not obvious that resting a healthy Victor Martinez to play a not-healthy-enough-to-play-3B Miguel Cabrera is the right move.

  3. Old Gator - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Of course the decision was performance based. What do you want to do, make baseball decisions like some ideologically constipated Tea Party barroom philosopher? Just imagine if the team set a horrifying precedent by making a “morality” based decision to cut Peralta loose and then lost in the playoffs because Santiago couldn’t get a ball beyond the infield? It would be Strasburg all over again, except this time it might actually be relevant.

  4. pappageorgio - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Did this article really say performance based vs “morality” based?

    Is taking a banned substance really “immoral”? Players drive drunk all the time, with the potential to seriously hurt themselves or others. Yet, this is not seen as “immoral”…and the club lets the player back in no problemo. I hate to burst anyone’s bubble here, but these guys cheat on their wives and have illegitimate children at an amazing pace….why don’t we see more “morality” based questions from the media on these issues.

    Peralta didn’t kill anyone, rape anyone, or hurt anyone. He took something that he thought would make him better….he got caught and accepted his punishment. No reason he shouldn’t be welcomed back.

  5. weaselpuppy - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    The Tigers should and likely will use him as a bench bat and injury replacement at 3b/SS. He is taking balls in LF, which scares me…

    He’d likely replace Bonderman on the playoff roster, as Porcello would move to long relief.

  6. xjokerz - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    I’d rather have peralta starting. Get his bat in the lineup

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