April 3rd, 2008

Injury updates

Miguel Cabrera said after the game that he’s hoping he can play tomorrow. He confirmed it’s the same left quad soreness that was bothering him in spring training. He was, however, available as a pinch-hitter.

Meanwhile, that attempt by Gary Sheffield to take second base on the ball that fell on caused more damage than the out. He injured his left ring finger sliding into the bag. He said he tore a tendon in there, and he couldn’t use it to grab a bat later in the game, so he wouldn’t have been available. The finger was in a splint after the game to try to contain the swelling, but he’s going to try to see how it feels tomorrow and hopefully play.

The only other injury is to the pride.

“We looked like a dead club,” Jim Leyland said after the game. “We looked like an old club. And we looked like we’re not prepared. … It’s the manager’s responsibility to have the club prepared, and we don’t look like it.”

Leyland did not plan on talking to the club right now.

Cabrera scratched from lineup

He has left quad soreness and is listed as day-to-day.

The new Tigers lineup:

  1. Thomas, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Guillen, 1B
  6. Rodriguez, C
  7. Renteria, SS
  8. Thames, LF
  9. Inge, 3B

Thursday: Thames gets start versus Royals

He’s starting in LF in place of Jacque Jones. Leyland emphasized this morning that it had nothing to do with Jones’ performance, that he wanted to get Thames a start before the Tigers faced their first left-handed starter this season, which will be White Sox ace Mark Buehrle on Sunday night.

Here’s the full Tigers lineup:

  1. Renteria, SS
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 3B
  6. Guillen, 1B
  7. Rodriguez, C
  8. Thames, LF
  9. Inge, CF

And for the first-place Kansas City Royals:

  1. Joey Gathright, CF
  2. Mark Grudzielanek, 2B
  3. Alex Gordon, 3B
  4. Jose Guillen, RF
  5. Billy Butler, DH
  6. Mark Teahen, LF
  7. Ross Gload, 1B
  8. John Buck, C
  9. T.J. Pena, SS

Jurrjens wins in season debut

It was a good night for Jair Jurrjens and the Braves on Wednesday, who picked up their first win of the season.

In some ways, Jurrjens picked up where he left off last year, going after hitters and showing a poise beyond his age. From the articles:

“He’s 22-years-old, and when he’s on the mound, you’d think he was a
10-year veteran,” Braves catcher Brian McCann said. “He was phenomenal

Apparently, there was even a cheering section for Jurrjens at Turner Field. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, there was a group of fans in surgical scrubs who dubbed themselves Jurrjens’ Surgeons.