If the Tigers make the playoffs, they'll do it without outfielder Brennan Boesch. The 26-year-old will have surgery later this week to repair a torn tendon in his right thumb, he told reporters before Sunday's game against the White Sox.
Boesch is expected to make a full recovery in time for spring training. Boesch hurt his thumb swinging at a Justin Masterson fastball on Aug. 9, but tried to play through it. On Aug. 24, he had enough, removing himself from the game. Hitting .283/.341/.458 with 16 home runs on the season, Boesch hit .240/.296/.280 after the injury. He was last used Wednesday as a pinch-runner.
Boesch said he tried to fight through the pain and even used a splint, but in the end, he wasn't performing like he knew he could.
"But the way I swing and follow through, I just wasn't able to perform," Boesch told reporters (Detroit News). "The ligament is torn. I don't have a soft, easy swing. It's a violent swing. I finish high, with one hand. My goal every time I step on the field is to do damage and be a threat."
With Boesch's injury, last month's waiver deal to get outfielder Delmon Young from the Twins looks that much better. Since joining the Tigers, Young has hit .280/.282/.451 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 19 games.
The Tigers also activated reliever Al Alburquerque earlier in the day. The right-hander had been on the DL as a result of a concussion.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.