June 4th, 2008

Santiago update

Separated left shoulder. They’ll have it X-rayed in Detroit tomorrow to determine the extent, but it’s pretty much certain he’s headed for the disabled list. Though Santiago said it was feeling better Wednesday, it’s going to feel worse the next couple days.

As for the game, well, it sounds like a broken record.

“Our offense basically has stunk,” Jim Leyland said afterwards. “I’m not upset about it, but I’m befuddled by it. Our offense has stunk.”

End of the road

Getaway day has arrived, and probably none too soon for the Tigers after four walkoff losses, a few roster changes and more ranting about the lack of production from the offense.

“If this club, to this point, hit like it was expected to, we would be close to first place, in my opinion,” Jim Leyland said this morning. “If this club was doing anything close, we’d be at least in third place.”

He pinned Tuesday’s loss on the offense, but he also reserved some air time for the command woes.

“Twenty-two walks in a Major League game is a disgrace,” Leyland said.

That said, he stressed the positive about Dontrelle Willis’ outing, that when he did walk his way into trouble, he worked out of it. He has a decision to make with Dave Dombrowski on the off-day, because he said he will not do another piggyback start when that rotation spot comes back up next week. He also has to work out a roster move for Denny Bautista, who appears ready to return after back-to-back efficient, scoreless innings the last two nights for Triple-A Toledo.

As for the lineup, Leyland was weighing last night whether to rest Edgar Renteria or Placido Polanco for this game. As it turns out, he’s resting both. He would’ve rested Magglio, too, but a right ankle injury to Clete Thomas ruled out that option. Same with Pudge, who’ll be starting as long as Brandon Inge remains hampered by his left oblique injury.

TIGERS (24-34)

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

A’s (32-27)

  1. Jack Hannahan, 3B
  2. Mark Ellis, 2B
  3. Jack Cust, DH
  4. Bobby Crosby, SS
  5. Emil Brown, LF
  6. Daric Barton, 1B
  7. Travis Buck, RF
  8. Carlos Gonzalez, CF
  9. Rob Bowen, C (former Tiger … for one day)

As for me, I’ll be heading back home on a red-eye flight tonight so that I can catch some sleep in the morning and cover the draft tomorrow afternoon. I’ll have gone through this entire West Coast trip without seeing temperatures top 80 degrees, but it sounds like that’ll change pretty soon after I get home. At least it’s warm enough today that I could get a short-sleeve shirt out of my suitcase.

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