As it goes with baseball, one mans plight can open the door on another man’s opportunity.
Even if it is at a different position.
That may be the case for Detroit Tigers prospect Hernan Perez.
Perez has been trying to break onto the big club now for three season but can never manage to be more than a mid-season call up. After the Tigers traded Doug Fister in the off-season acquiring utility Steve Lombardozzi with two other players, it looked as if the Tigers farm hand may have an uphill battle to make the Tigers roster out of spring training.
But the news out of Detroit Tigers spring training that left fielder Andy Dirks will miss 12 weeks recovering from back surgery may provide a glimmer of hope for Hernan Perez to go north with the club when camp breaks at the end of March.
With Dirks out Steve Lombardozzi looks to get increased playing time in left field. Lombardozzi had been getting a lot of at bats at second base and short this spring and looked early on to be the favorite as the back-up middle infielder. But if Lombardozzi, who is a switch hitter, can cement himself as a regular platoon partner with Rajai Davis in left field then Perez could me the guy who get the middle infield role.
Perez has been long thought to be the Tigers second baseman of the future. Perez hit .301 between Erie and Toledo last season. He also managed to put up a .740 OPS while stealing 28 bags.
With more playing time coming his way this season Perez could finally play his way onto the Tigers roster for good.