DETROIT -- Tigers fans who weren't playing close attention to Twitter in the last 18 hours might get a bit of shock when they look at tonight's starting lineup.
Who is that catching? Bryan Holaday? Where did he come from?
The short answer is that he came from Dallas, via TCU, and was Detroit's sixth-round pick in 2010. The long answer explains a big part of the reason that the Tigers are 25-30 and closer to the last-place Twins than to the first-place White Sox.
Holaday, you see, isn't a prospect. Yes, he's only 24, but his job this season was simply to be Omir Santos' backup in Toledo. Omir Santos, of course, is also not a prospect. He was just supposed to hold down the fort in Toledo until Rob Brantly -- an actual prospect -- was ready to come up from Double-A Erie.
But now, with Alex Avila and Gerald Laird suffering from hamstring injuries and Santos having proven beyond a doubt that he isn't a major-league catcher, the Tigers have had to try Holaday. How well is this likely ...