April 12th, 2008

Polanco on the fly ball

Polanco said on the eighth-inning pop fly from Jermaine Dye, in which Paul Konerko was about halfway between first and second when he caught the ball, that his first reaction was to turn and throw home as soon as he could rather than look at the baserunners. He felt he was deep enough that a sac fly was a possibility. There was no communication, apparently, that Konerko was too far out.

Dontrelle to DL

MRI results showed a hyperextended right knee, same as before, but with him missing at least a start for sure, the Tigers decided to play it cautious. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game. Ryan Raburn will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo to take his place for now. Whenever Willis’ spot in the rotation comes up (it’s scheduled for Wednesday), they’ll recall Armando Galarraga from Toledo.

Guillen out with strained hammy

He’s day-to-day at the moment. Miguel Cabrera makes the start at first base, but Jim Leyland was adamant (angrily so) to emphasize that it’s just a one-time thing for Cabrera, whose sore quad is a concern in weather like this. Meanwhile, Dontrelle Willis was having an MRI exam on his knee this morning to get a better idea how badly injured it is.

The lineup:

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

And for the White Sox:

  1. Nick Swisher, CF
  2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  3. Jim Thome, DH
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Jermaine Dye, RF
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Carlos Quentin, LF
  8. Joe Crede, 3B
  9. Juan Uribe, 2B

As for the weather, well, it’s miserable here, and it’ll probably get worse. It’s not just the cold and the rain, but the wind is picking up. They can try to wait it out since it’s such an early start here.

UPDATE @ 12:45pm ET: They’ve removed the tarp, so it looks like this game will start on time. This could be a miserable day for baseball, certainly not fun for fans. It’s bad enough that Chicago native Curtis Granderson only had to get tickets for four family members today. That might be a low.