Moya, Lobstein part of September reinforcements

Moya, Lobstein part of September reinforcements

CHICAGO -- The reinforcements are coming. How much of an impact the September callups will make on the Tigers' postseason chances remains to be seen.

They include Eastern League MVP Steven Moya, the sweet-swinging right fielder whose 35 home runs and 105 RBIs in 133 games for Double-A Erie will likely draw attention in the big leagues upon his arrival Monday in Cleveland.

"He brings power," manager Brad Ausmus said of the All-Star Futures Game starter and seventh-ranked Tigers prospect according to "He brings that threat off the bench to hit the ball 450 feet, and he can hit it to all fields. Opposing teams, opposing managers have to be aware of that. Even if he doesn't actually get into a game, you have to know that he's there."

They also include Triple-A Toledo catcher James McCann, whose two-way game has drawn speculation for the past couple months as a potential option in Detroit.

"He's had a good year," Ausmus said. "He's very solid behind the plate. I've talked to [Mud Hens manager] Larry Parrish about him. LP really likes him, says we won't be disappointed in any way with how he works with pitchers. He takes a lot of pride in the defensive side of the game."

They include Mud Hens middle infielder Hernan Perez, an option at shortstop in Spring Training once Jose Iglesias was injured and again at midseason before Eugenio Suarez took over. Along with outfielder Tyler Collins, who made the Opening Day roster as an extra player before being optioned to Toledo for J.D. Martinez, they comprise the positional portion of the callups.

None of them figure to crack the starting lineup unless something unforeseen happens. That includes Moya, whose power at Double-A came with an aggressive approach that also produced 161 strikeouts and just 23 walks.

"It just gives us some options as we move through a game," Ausmus said.

Pitching-wise, left-handers Kyle Lobstein, Kyle Ryan and Robbie Ray will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo as expected. Lobstein will start Tuesday against the Indians, trying to follow up his six solid innings against the Yankees last Thursday in Detroit.

Ryan, who tossed six scoreless innings Saturday night to beat the White Sox, and Ray, who made a half-dozen starts in May and August, will work out of the bullpen for now.

"Lobstein's the fifth guy right now," Ausmus said. "We'll see how Lobber, how Kyle throws and we'll go from there."

The list does not include lefty Ian Krol, who began the year as Detroit's primary lefty reliever and pitched in 45 games. He ranked among the AL leaders in appearances when he went on the DL in mid-June with a tired arm, and never seemed to regain his form upon return.

Moya, Collins and Perez are scheduled to join the Tigers on Monday in Cleveland, along with Ryan, who never left after being optioned out Saturday night. Ray, Lobstein and McCann will join the team Tuesday once the Mud Hens' season concludes.

Of the seven, only McCann wasn't on Detroit's 40-man roster. To open a spot for him, the Tigers recalled right-hander Drew VerHagen from Triple-A Toledo and immediately placed him on the 60-day disabled list. Verhagen, out since mid-July with a stress fracture in his back, had been on the seven-day DL in the Minors.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.