CHICAGO -- When Omar Infante returned to Detroit at the end of July, he became an underrated offensive catalyst, batting .293 with 13 RBIs and 13 runs scored. Batting second against most left-handed pitchers, he was a big part of the Tigers' effort to counteract southpaws.
With the Tigers desperately searching for an offensive spark, and Infante just 3-for-22 for September through the weekend, he moved down to eighth in the order against White Sox southpaw Jose Quintana for the opener for their four-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. The move comes two days after Infante had two hits off Angels lefty C.J. Wilson, though neither was particularly well struck.
Manager Jim Leyland tried to give some indication it wasn't an indictment of Infante.
"He's doing OK," Leyland said. "I mean, he didn't start out too good, then he got real hot, and then he's cooled off a little bit. It's kind of a characteristic for a lot of our guys. But he's doing fine."
Infante went 1-for-3 against Quintana and committed a costly fielding error during the Tigers' 6-1 loss.
The Tigers face another left-hander on Thursday in Chris Sale, whom they've beaten three times this season. Infante had a single in three at-bats off Sale on Sept. 2, eventually scoring on Delmon Young's go-ahead three-run home run.