August 3rd, 2007

Sheff day-to-day, Miner back

The news is good on Gary Sheffield, whose numbness in his hand was caused by falling on his elbow
making a catch July 21. His collarbone apparently popped up on the play and is irritating a nerve. He’ll take medication and physical therapy to get it back into place, which will keep him out for at least a couple days if not more. Still, Leyland says he doesn’t figure it to be a lengthy injury from what he was told. X-rays and an MRI came back negative.

The bullpen is shuffled around tonight. Zach Miner has returned from the bereavement list and is available to pitch tonight. Jose Capellan was optioned to Toledo to make room. The Tigers might well need Miner tonight because Chad Durbin at home with his wife as expected for the birth of their first child. He’s expected back tomorrow. Meanwhile, Dr. Charles Melone has cleared Joel Zumaya to throw all his pitches, including curveballs. He’ll be back in Detroit tonight and will pick up his strengthening program from there.