April 22nd, 2008

Cabrera to first base, Guillen to third

That's going to be a full-time shift, manager Jim Leyland announced after the game. Guillen said it wasn't a big surprise. Cabrera said he's cool with it.

Santiago's last major-league homer

It was Aug. 1, 2003 off of then-Twin James Baldwin. He went 417 plate appearances in the big leagues without a homer. Or to put it another way, Matt Walbeck was the Tigers’ catcher the last time Santiago homered. Now, he’s the Rangers’ third-base coach.

Polanco feeling better, Sheff gets good news

Neither Placido Polanco nor Gary Sheffield are in the lineup, but the Tigers are hoping for returns in the coming days. Polanco said he’s feeling much better today than he was yesterday, and he’s planning on taking some early work tomorrow in hopes of getting back into the lineup. He was diagnosed with inflammation in the S1 nerve of his back.

Sheffield’s visit with Dr. Stephen Lemos, meanwhile, revealed no structural damage in his shoulder. Basically, the scar tissue tearing from the surgery had been giving him trouble. He took a cortisone shot in the shoulder, and with his left shoulder aching from trying to compensate, he had a shot in that shoulder, too. He might take a few days to return as a precaution.

The plan on Curtis Granderson is for him to return to Detroit after tonight’s rehab game for Class A West Michigan. If Polanco returns, that’s the first two hitters in Detroit’s order back in action, and if somehow Sheff were ready, that would be the top third of the lineup back.

Other injury updates: Fernando Rodney played catch off of flat ground today, and Joel Zumaya is making some throws off of a mound in preparation for bullpen sessions, which are scheduled to start around the end of the month.

Without those guys, here’s the Tigers lineup:

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

For the Rangers:

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Michael Young, SS
  3. Josh Hamilton, CF
  4. Milton Bradley, DH
  5. Hank Blalock, 3B
  6. Frank Catalanotto, LF
  7. David Murphy, RF
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Ben Broussard, 1B