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Tigers will have Jhonny Peralta play left field to prep for return from suspension

Sep 16, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

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Last week the Tigers announced that Jhonny Peralta would start working out with the team again in preparation for potentially coming back from his 50-game suspension for the playoffs, but if he does rejoin the team apparently it won’t be at shortstop.

Peralta has been the Tigers’ starting shortstop for the past three seasons, starting zero games at another position, but rookie Jose Iglesias has been a huge defensive upgrade since being acquired from the Red Sox to fill in for Peralta. And so since Iglesias obviously isn’t going anywhere, Lynn Henning of the Detroit News reports that the Tigers will have Peralta play left field in instructional league games to prepare for his return

Peralta has never played the outfield before in 11 seasons as a big leaguer, but third base (Miguel Cabrera) and first base (Prince Fielder) aren’t options and Detroit could certainly use his right-handed bat in the lineup. Before the suspension Peralta hit .305 with 11 homers and an .822 OPS in 104 games, whereas the Tigers’ left fielders (mostly Andy Dirks, with some Nick Castellanos mixed in lately) have combined to hit .263 with a .718 OPS this season.

It’s also worth noting that Peralta is a 31-year-old impending free agent, so just in terms of market value he has quite a bit riding on whether teams still view him as a shortstop or not.

  1. weaselpuppy - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Tui was insanely hot through July, so yeah, they need a RH bat for LF. After seeing marcus Thames and Ryan Raburn out there a good chunk of the last half decade, well, Jhghonny probably isn’t much worse.

  2. joestemme - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Shame on the Tigers for not following the Giants example with Melky Cabrera. Shame on them for NOT playing the lying cheating ‘roid taking Peralta. Shame on them.

    • joestemme - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      I see the Tigers apologists are just as clueless as the Yankees fans.

      Sticking up for cheaters, liers and possible criminals.

      Nice sports fans.

  3. philliesblow - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Jhonny has no range at SS, how can he cover LF? Then again, the Tigers made it to the World Series with Delmon Young in LF last year so maybe they can hit their way there again.

  4. proudlycanadian - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    No shortstop position for you Jhonny.

  5. papacrick - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    His cheating was from 2011 and that was his worst season so get over it dude. He did the time and should be allowed back without hassle. If a guy gets injured and goes on the DL for 50 days are you gonna not allow him back because he hasn’t played in a while? I didn’t think so. Factor in he was the second best bat behind Miggy at the time and its a no brainer. Luckily Fielder, V-Mart, and Avila have all heated up since then but you still don’t throw away that production because some cry baby is mad you tried to get an advantage two years ago

    • historiophiliac - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Spring of 2012, I thought.

    • joestemme - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      You are seriously equating an injury with cheating, lying and possible criminal activity?

      If the Tigers had any integrity, they would tell him to watch the playoffs on TV just like Cabrera did last year. Period.

      • rodtorfelson - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:26 PM

        If you’re worried about integrity, you aren’t going to find it in professional sports. That boat sailed long, long ago.

  6. joestemme - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Other teams have sat down players for these kinds of violations or even outright cut them.

    Just because you are so cynical about integrity, doesn’t mean it still exists.

    More importantly, if YOU and others don’t even try to insist that integrity has it’s place in sports (and elsewhere), what chance is there that it will??

    • deweyks - Sep 16, 2013 at 7:01 PM

      So you’re saying the Rangers shouldn’t use Nelson Cruz either? What about Oakland/Bartolo Colon?
      Lets not forget about the Yankees with ARod, and Andy Pettite was caught, too. Most playoff-bound teams have one (or more) players that were busted in the past.

    • cur68 - Sep 16, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      The point is that Peralta has served his suspension and is eligible to play. The rules governing cheating have been satisfied, he’s done his time, he can now play. Why you feel he deserves any more punishment is a bit of mystery. Its not a capital crime. Its not even really harm done to anyone. In fact, if anyone was victimized it was Peralta. So, he’s only hurt himself. I think you take sports, and probably yourself, WAY too seriously.

      Perhaps professional sports isn’t for you? Maybe try Witch Hunting? A nice pogram? Something involving blatant, over-the-top, unforgiving punishment for victimless “crimes”. Of course by “crime” I mean ‘any wrongdoing as defined by that guy, “joestemme” ‘. This here Collectively Bargained Agreement in Professional Sports is a bit too easy going for you, I guess.

      • joestemme - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        It’s often forgotten when fans defend players like Sosa and McGuire by saying, “It wasn’t against MLB rules to use ‘roids back then!” – that it is a Federal Crime to buy, sell or use ‘roids without proper Medical Supervision.

        So, yes, we are talking about criminality as well as sportsmanship.

        There is a difference between letter of the rule book and what’s right and wrong.

        The Giants did the right thing by being honorable and not playing Carbrera last year. And, YES, he had “served his time” and WAS eligible to play.

      • joestemme - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        You do realize that a “Witch Hunt” and a “Pogram” are done upon INNOCENT victims, right?

        So, unless you are saying that Cabrera, Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, A-Roid and the rest are innocent, you are using the words quite incorrectly…….

      • historiophiliac - Sep 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM

        Thanks for the laugh.

  7. steelers88 - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    If I were the MLB I would have just banned these players for the rest of their lives.

    • yahmule - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      Just for the rest of their lives? Not forever? Weakling.

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