The Red Wings currently have three players on the disabled list from the active roster. Outfielder Rene Tosoni suffered a left ring finger laceration which required stitches in an April 7 game against Buffalo while sliding into home plate on a safety squeeze attempt.
The stitches have been removed and Red Wings’ manager Gene Glynn told media on Thursday that he is experiencing no pain in that finger. A couple of other fingers were swollen at the time. Glynn describes Tosoni has having a good grip with the hand, but there is lingering stiffness.
Tosoni is expected to advance to soft toss and live batting practice in his recovery sometime after the off day this Monday, Glynn said.
Brian Dinkelman is not yet on his way to Fort Myers, Fla., as will to continue to rehab in Rochester until about Wednesday or Thursday this week according to Glynn. Dinkelman has a sprained right hand which occurred April 11 versus Pawtucket.
Dinkelman is expected to finish rehab in Fort Myers and play in extended spring training games to get some at-bats before playing again for the Red Wings. Glynn also said that they are looking at a possible measure to prevent this injury from happening to Dinkelman in the future: possibly a soft, rubber knob at the end of the bat. His bruised hand, Glynn said, was partly the result of his bat slipping and digging into him at the plate.
Right-handed reliever Carlos Gutierrez has already left for Fort Myers – a place that will be much more conducive to rehabbing a sore shoulder where the weather is warmer and more predictable than Rochester in April.