April 17th, 2008

Granderson to split rehab

Curtis Granderson had a little difficulty in his first round of batting practice today, mainly dealing with a pad that had been sewn onto his batting glove to protect his hand, but he looked good at the plate after taking the padded glove off and just going without padding. He was slated to do some running and throwing before the game as a final test, but unless something goes wrong with that, he’s expected to be sent out tonight on a rehab assignment beginning Friday.

Since Triple-A Toledo doesn’t return home until Saturday, Granderson is likely going to play at Class A West Michigan on Friday before joining the Mud Hens for Saturday and Sunday. If he needs another day on Monday (and it’s likely he will, since Jim Leyland would like him to get 20-25 at-bats), he would probably do that at West Michigan, since Toledo is off.

UPDATE @ 7:15pm: It’s official. Granderson is headed home tonight, then to West Michigan for tomorrow night’s game, then to Toledo on Saturday and Sunday unless something goes wrong.

Not much else going on here in Cleveland, other than another warm day. Placido Polanco and Ivan Rodriguez are both getting the day off for rest (though Polanco’s hip seems to be sore again), so here’s the lineup the Tigers will throw at Fausto Carmona:

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

For the Indians:

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
  3. Travis Hafner, DH
  4. Victor Martinez, C
  5. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  6. Ryan Garko, 1B
  7. Franklin Gutierrez, RF
  8. Jason Michaels, LF
  9. Casey Blake, 3B

Bazardo outrighted to Toledo

He cleared waivers. That's a bit of a victory for the Tigers, who despite Bazardo's struggles need all the pitching depth they can get. This also allows him to work as a starting pitcher rather than as a reliever.