June 17th, 2008

Bonderman to have surgery

The Tigers just announced that Jeremy Bonderman will have surgery on June 30. No specifics yet, other than to “address the thoracic outlet syndrome.” Dr. Greg Pearl, the specialist who operated on Kenny Rogers last year and examined Bonderman today, will perform the operation.

Pudge catches again

That’s the second straight game for Ivan Rodriguez, of course, breaking the alternating string that Leyland had going with Pudge and Brandon Inge. Don’t throw out that plan just yet, though. Leyland said he’s worried that Inge is still bothered by that left oblique, and he wanted to give him an extra day.

“I’ll catch him tomorrow if he’s right,” Leyland said of Inge, “but I’m a little worried.”

You’ll also notice Granderson in center against Giants lefty Jonathan Sanchez. All things being equal, Leyland probably would’ve sat Granderson today, but he wanted his regular CF in there to deal with the winds on fly balls here at AT&T Park.

Here’s the full lineup:

TIGERS (32-38)

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

GIANTS (31-40)

  1. Fred Lewis, LF
  2. Ray Durham, 2B
  3. Randy Winn, RF
  4. Bengie Molina, C
  5. Aaron Rowand, CF
  6. Rich Aurilia, 3B
  7. John Bowker, 1B
  8. Emmanuel Burriss, SS
  9. Jonathan Sanchez, P

As I type this right now, the Giants are taking batting practice to the sounds of the White Stripes. Surprising how you hear more White Stripes on the road.