Rogers will miss next start for Tigers
Veteran left-hander has been bothered by a sore hip
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tigers announced that starter Kenny Rogers will be skipped for his next scheduled start on Tuesday, one day after Rogers was yanked after 39 pitches in a 7-1 loss to the Angels.Manager Jim Leyland said the left-hander has been bothered by a sore hip. "Kenny would take the ball whenever we wanted him to," Leyland said. "This was the decision that I made. I wasn't going to get in a long discussion. He was so professional about it, you can't believe it. It's not his arm. I just think he needs to maybe freshen up the body a little bit and give him a chance to get the hip a little bit better." Rogers allowed six runs and eight hits in two innings before receiving the early hook against the Angels on Thursday. Leyland said Rogers will return to the rotation on Saturday in Chicago against the White Sox. Rogers' replacement on Tuesday will not be Dontrelle Willis or Freddie Garcia, according to Leyland. "There is a good chance that it could be Nate Robertson," Leyland said, without confirming a decision. Rogers said in Spring Training that he thought he would retire after last season, not wanting to take additional time away from his family and not wanting to put more stress on his arm. It was a topic that again entered Rogers' mind after Thursday's performance. "Trying to deal with that after a game like today is probably not the best way to decide those things," Rogers said after the contest. "Coming off the mound, though, it's hard not to think about it." Rogers was respectable in the first half (6-6, 4.55 ERA in 19 starts), but has been shaky since the All-Star break (3-7, 7.45 ERA in 10 starts).
Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.