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


i for one, can’t wait for Zoom’s return. i dont think he’ll be hitting 103 on his fastball ever again, but i think his very presence will help bolster the pen. like i sad a few days ago, keep the Ps3 and guitar hero away from him, introduce him to a moving company (if that indeed is how he hurt himself, i heard speculative rumors from i dont know where, that suggested an ATV accident was the cause, and that sounds more realistic)… but who cares, old news, lets get zoom back.
verlander so far is shaky. 4 hits 1 run under two innings….. pitchers need to calm down. make strikes, gain confidence, feed off each other, play baseball.

btw- rich-

jjones bat still looks pink to me on mlbtv🙂

Well, “watching” the game in GameDay has certainly been more entertaining over the last 5 minutes. Back to back jacks and a triple to dead center by the erstwhile Mr. Jones.
It’s refreshing to see us get to a pitcher that’s actually been on his game so far this season.

Ack! Double post.
Didn’t someone demand the long ball become part of the offense? Seems like some folks were listening…

Jason, what are the chances that the Tigers will keep Armando Galaraga (sp?) once Willis returns from the DL? Is there any chance they might move him, or someone else, to the ‘pen?

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