On the same day the Tigers learned that Jeremy Bonderman won't need surgery but could nonetheless miss the rest of the season with his injured elbow, Detroit potentially lost two more key cogs. Ivan Rodriguez left Monday's game against the Blue Jays in the third inning with dizziness, then Joel Zumaya had to leave in the eighth after pulling back the nail on his right index finger.
Neither injury was as serious as they could've been, but on a team that needs wins every chance it can find them to have a chance at the playoffs, both injuries could have a tremendous effect.
Zumaya returned on Aug. 21 after missing about 3 1/2 months with a torn tendon in his right middle finger. Once he started shaking his hand following a pitch in the eighth inning on Monday, he prompted fears that he had re-injured the finger. It wasn't quite that bad.
Zumaya was in his second inning of work after finishing out the seventh. He had just earned the second out of the eighth and threw two pitches to Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun when he started picking at his index finger. That brought manager Jim Leyland and head athletic trainer Kevin Rand to the mound.
Zumaya threw a couple of warmup tosses, but couldn't get the feel back on his finger. Zach Miner replaced him in the game.
"He might have torn a nail back," Leyland said. "We're lucky that's all it was. That'll take care of itself. Obviously when they first call you out there because of the finger, that's not what you're thinking about.
"We're blessed, really, that it's all it was. Will he be OK for [Tuesday]? I doubt it. We'll do the best we can."
At this point, he's listed as day-to-day. His absence would leave the Tigers one man short in the bullpen for Tuesday's day-night doubleheader against the Rangers, though expanded September rosters help alleviate that. Nonetheless, his loss could be felt in the eighth inning if the Tigers have two leads to protect.
Rodriguez came out for the top of the third inning after hitting into a fielder's choice in the bottom of the second. He caught two pitches before going out to the mound for what looked like a conference with starter Kenny Rogers. Leyland and Rand eventually came to the mound to visit with Rodriguez, not Rogers.
"I don't think he was feeling real well," Rogers said. "He felt dizzy. I told him, 'Look, if you don't feel good, this game is nothing compared to your health, so go get it checked out.'"
Leyland said Rodriguez hadn't been feeling well and had been taking some medication. He'll at least miss Tuesday's day game, not that he would've caught both ends of the doubleheader anyway.
Mike Rabelo, who caught the rest of Monday's game in Rodriguez's place, will at least catch the day game. If Rodriguez isn't available at all, the Tigers will likely add Triple-A Toledo catcher Dane Sardinha to their 40-man roster so that he can be used as a backup.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.