August 11th, 2007
He was a late scratch Saturday with a sore right thumb, but he’s expected to start on Sunday. He was going to get one of these two games off, so the thinking was to give him Saturday once his soreness became an issue. Nothing major.
Macay McBride and Jordan Tata were optioned to Triple-A Toledo. In their place come Aquilino Lopez and Eulogio De La Cruz. However, De La Cruz will be only be up today; Yorman Bazardo will take his place on Sunday. Bazardo would’ve been the choice today, but he isn’t ready to pitch tonight because he pitched eight innings in a start three days ago.
These are not long-term moves to shift around bullpen, but moves to get fresh arms available. As Leyland put it, "We need to get by today and tomorrow."
With Tata sent down, Wednesday’s starting assignment is now open. No announcement on that yet, though Vasquez could be available to start on an extra day’s rest if need be.
On the injury front, Joel Zumaya’s arm felt fine today, so his rehab assignment is set. He’ll pitch an inning each on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday for Toledo. If he gets through that OK, he would be ready to be activated on Tuesday for the start of the next homestand. Andrew Miller, meanwhile, will throw a side session on Sunday and would then be sent out to start Wednesday for Toledo. If he’s healthy, it’s feasible he could be slotted in to start for the Tigers on Tuesday, the next time Tata’s old rotation spot comes up.