ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 15: Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after deing defeated in Game Six of the American League Championship Series by the Texas Rangers eliminating them from the playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 15, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Here's some news and notes from the Detroit Tigers:
Rookie pitcher Adam Wilk will start on Saturday against the White Sox, replacing injured starter Doug Fister. Wilk was eliminated from the fifth-starter competition this spring, but after one start in Triple-A, he's making his major league debut. The move makes it clear that the Tigers prefer to keep Duane Below in the bullpen.
Tigers DH Victor Martinez does not need a second surgery and may be eligible to return this year. Martinez underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee in January and it was thought at the time that he'd need a second reconstructive surgery.
The Tigers designated Clete Thomas for assignment Wednesday. The outfielder will become waiver eligible if the Tigers don't trade him in 10 days. If he goes unclaimed on waivers, Detroit can assign him to Triple-A.
Brandon Inge played the field for the first time during his rehab, starting at second base for the Toledo Mud Hens. He's expected to play one more game for the Hens before heading back to the Tigers on Friday.
Kurt Mensching of Bless You Boys reacts to the news that the Tigers may be interested in Nationals starter John Lannan. The left-hander is reportedly on six teams' radars, so Detroit will have some competition for his services.
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