May 1st, 2008

Rodney, Zumaya throw side sessions

It was the first real-intensity mound session for Zumaya since his shoulder surgery last fall, and it was the first mound session for Rodney since getting good news from Dr. Andrews a few weeks ago. Both threw for about six minutes, with Zumaya limited to fastballs and changeups, and both felt good during and afterwards. Rodney, particularly, felt very good.

“He felt this was his best bullpen [session] to date,” head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. “He felt his delivery was closer to his normal delivery.”

As long as they feel fine in the coming days, both will throw again off the mound this weekend — Zumaya on Saturday, Rodney on Saturday or Sunday depending on how he feels. If Rodney continues to progress, he could be on a relatively fast track to getting back to game action.

As for the lineup tonight, both Pudge and Renteria have the night off. Jim Leyland said he’ll probably also give Pudge one game off in Minnesota, allowing him to work in another game for Inge to keep him fresh while easing the wear and tear on Pudge.

The Tigers lineup:

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

For the injury-depleted Yanks, who shuffled their order a little to break up the string of left-handed hitters that Leyland was bringing in Seay and Rapada to face:

  1. Johnny Damon, LF
  2. Derek Jeter, SS
  3. Bobby Abreu, RF
  4. Shelley Duncan, 1B
  5. Hideki Matsui, DH
  6. Melky Cabrera, CF
  7. Morgan Ensberg, 3B
  8. Robinson Cano, 2B
  9. Chad Moeller, C