May 3rd, 2008

Baker out for Twins

His start was done after three innings due to what the team is calling a mild re-aggravation of his right groin. The move was apparently precautionary.

Bautista DL'ed, Dolsi called up

The Tigers put Denny Bautista on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. An MRI exam turned up negative for any structural damage after he left Friday’s game with shoulder soreness, and he should be ready in about a week. That’s too long, though, for the Tigers to go a man short in the bullpen.

If he’s ready in a week, the Tigers can send him out on a brief rehab stint, which could have the added benefit of letting him work on his command — which Jim Leyland strongly hinted just isn’t good enough right now after his 46-pitch performance for four outs last night.

“Either you have to be resilient, or that’s not good enough,” Leyland said.

Taking Bautista’s place for now will be Freddy Dolsi, who was the recommendation of player development director Glenn Ezell and pitching instructor Jon Matlack. Dolsi threw three scoreless innings with a walk and strikeout for Double-A Erie after striking out 11 batters over 7 1/3 innings with five runs on seven hits for Class A Lakeland.

Inge catching, Thames in left

Greetings from Minneapolis, where there isn’t a cloud in the sky and it’s still pretty cold and windy.

Brandon Inge is behind the plate again today. The plan was to catch him one of these final two games on the trip, but with Pudge feeling some soreness in his left hip area, Saturday made sense. Marcus Thames, 3-for-8 with two homers for career against Scott Baker, is in left. Other than that, the lineup is the same, including Placido Polanco.

The lineup:

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

For the Twins, who are starting Craig Monroe in center with Carlos Gomez out:

  1. Brendan Harris, 2B
  2. Mike Lamb, 3B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  6. Jason Kubel, DH
  7. Delmon Young, LF
  8. Craig Monroe, CF
  9. Adam Everett, SS