April 9th, 2008

Cruceta cleared to travel

No, really, we mean it this time. Dave Dombrowski was informed today that U.S. Immigration has approved Francisco Cruceta’s visa application, allowing him to finally travel from his native Dominican Republic to the states. Cruceta can pick up the application tomorrow and make his travel plans.

He’ll report to Lakeland, where he’ll pick up his throwing and prepare himself for games. Once he reports there, the Tigers have 30 days to evaluate him, after which they’ll have to decide whether to add him to their 25-man roster or outright him, since he’s out of minor-league options.

Wednesday: Tigers at Red Sox

It’s a standard lineup against lefties for the Tigers’ first matchup with Jon Lester. The only development was the early hitting work of Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera, who stuck around to throw to Carlos Guillen and help infield coach Rafael Belliard work with Guillen’s footwork at first base before he gets himself hurt.

The lineup:

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

And for the Red Sox:

  1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  2. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  3. David Ortiz, DH
  4. Manny Ramirez, LF
  5. Mike Lowell, 3B
  6. J.D. Drew, RF
  7. Jason Varitek, C
  8. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  9. Julio Lugo, SS

Leyland noted before the game that while he has received a good number of calls from managers around the game, none of them had any solution for what the Tigers are going through. On the other hand, Leyland said, he received a call on his cell phone from a fan who suggested that he have Ordonez and Cabrera bunt if someone gets on base in front of them. Save your wisecracks, because that was not what the extra hitting was about.