LAKELAND, Fla. -- After being out of action for the vast majority of camp, Brennan Boesch finally has a path back to playing time in his bid for an outfield spot. It'll begin, of all places, with a few at-bats against a college team.
With the Tigers' big league club off on Tuesday, the Minor Leaguers will take the field at Joker Marchant Stadium for an afternoon game against Western Michigan University. The plan is for Boesch to serve as the designated hitter in that game, getting four at-bats before the Tigers turn him loose against big league competition.
It's a way to ease him in against live pitching without overwhelming, and a way to get him at-bats without risking an aggravation of the oblique strain that sidelined him for nearly three weeks.
If he gets through that game in good shape, Boesch could be back on the field at the stadium Wednesday, this time for the big league club against the Blue Jays.