May 4th, 2008

Dontrelle tweaks knee

Whoever wrote on here that they noticed Dontrelle Willis favoring his knee in Toledo on Friday was onto something. Apparently Willis aggravated his right knee when he fielded a ball along the third-base line during his rehab start. He threw his bullpen session this morning, but he will not start for the Mud Hens on Wednesday. Instead, he’ll throw a side session Friday or Saturday, and doctors and trainers will evaluate him from there.

As a formality, the Tigers have recalled Willis from his rehab assignment. That stops the clock on the 30 days he has to pitch in the Minors before he has to be activated from the DL.

UPDATE @ 5:30pm ET: Dontrelle says he did not tweak his knee. He said the Tigers are doing this as a precautionary measure to make sure he doesn’t to anything to hurt his arm. He said he threw his full bullpen session Sunday morning, but that he felt the same soreness in the knee that he has been feeling.

No lineup overhaul … yet

Those lineup changes Jim Leyland was going to sleep on resulted in one significant change: With Gary Sheffield off, Leyland moved Miguel Cabrera up into the third spot in the order ahead of Magglio and Carlos Guillen. That’s about it today, but other changes are coming, starting on Monday.

“I’m going to shake things up a little bit here shortly,” Leyland said. “I don’t know what I mean by that.”

It probably won’t involve different players; Leyland said there will be no personnel changes. However, the same players could be in different spots.

“I think you’ll find it pretty drastic,” Leyland predicted.

The problem right now is twofold. The Tigers aren’t hitting the humdrum pitching they were expected to punish, and because they don’t have a lot of speed, they can’t do most of the tricks a manager would normally do to spark an offense, such as hit-and-run and having runners take an extra base. That was exposed on Friday.

Here’s the lineup today:

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

The Twins have a pretty standard lineup in place against Kenny Rogers, including Carlos Gomez back in the leadoff spot after being hit in the head Friday night. Mike Lamb gets a day off at third, with Matt Tolbert taking his place, and Nick Punto moonlights for Adam Everett at short:

  1. Carlos Gomez, CF
  2. Brendan Harris, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  6. Craig Monroe, DH
  7. Delmon Young, LF
  8. Matt Tolbert, 3B
  9. Nick Punto, SS