April 16th, 2008

Rodney won't need surgery

That’s the opinion from Dr. James Andrews after examining Rodney this afternoon. He found no structural damage. In fact, he didn’t even feel comfortable doing exploratory surgery. He gave Rodney a cortisone shot and said he should be able to resume throwing in 3-5 days. Of course, now they have to start over again trying to figure out why he can’t seem to throw the ball off of a mound without pain.

Wednesday: Tigers at Indians

It’s a gorgeous day in Cleveland, though it should cool down quite a bit before game time this evening at the Jak, er, Progressive Field.

Good news for the Tigers on two injury fronts. First, Nate Robertson was feeling much more loose on his left side than he was last night, and he said he should be fine for Sunday’s start at Toronto.

Meanwhile, Curtis Granderson had another session of batting practice here this afternoon, and it again went well. If he has another good session Thursday, he’ll most likely be sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment this weekend. The problem is that they don’t know. The only one of the Tigers’ affiliates with a convenient schedule for an assignment this weekend and early next week low Class A West Michigan. Triple-A Toledo is home this weekend, but they have an off day on Monday. It’s uncertain whether the level of competition is going to matter in making the decision.

There’s no set timetable on when he’ll be playing in Detroit, but it certain looks like he could be playing at Comerica Park during next week’s homestand.

“If he passes the test again, I think he’ll be playing for the Tigers very shortly,” Jim Leyland said.

On the non-injury return front, Francisco Cruceta is schedule to throw back-to-back outings Thursday and Friday in extended Spring Training. If that goes well, he’s expected to be assigned to one of the minor-league affiliates. Once he pitches in a minor-league game, the Tigers have 15 days in which to evaluate him.

The Tigers trot out their traditional lefty-hitting lineup for C.C. Sabathia, including Pudge leading off. Here it is:

  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

For the Indians:

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. David Dellucci, LF
  3. Travis Hafner, DH
  4. Victor Martinez, C
  5. Jhonny Peralta, C
  6. Ryan Garko, 1B
  7. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
  8. Franklin Gutierrez, RF
  9. Casey Blake, 3B