April 19th, 2008

More progress, more work left for Granderson

I’m not in Toronto, as you can probably tell, but I went to Toledo for Granderson’s rehab outing tonight. Facing Homer Bailey was a good way to get his timing going, and he managed a single and a double off of him. He still hasn’t had to make a throw to a base on a play, and until that happens, he’s worried about the arm strength. It’s coming into place, but slowly.

Two more notes from Toledo:

  1. Francisco Cruceta is going to join the Mud Hens bullpen on Tuesday for his first real game competition with the Tigers, most likely throwing two innings. The reports were solid from his back-to-back appearances in extended spring training on Thursday and Friday, solid enough to warrant bringing him to Triple-A from the outset.
  2. Look for Michael Hollimon to join the Hens shortly, too. He’s progressing from his separated shoulder down in Lakeland. His arrival in Toledo will give the Tigers some infield depth in case they need it.