July 9th, 2008


He left with what the team is calling a mild strain of his left hamstring. He's day-to-day.

Polanco and Pudge off, Guillen returns

No, Polanco is not off to celebrate his new U.S. citizenship. Leyland said last night he wanted to give them a day off after they played all 15 innings of that Sunday marathon. Thus, Ramon Santiago and Dane Sardinha get the starts and bat around the bottom of the order. Interestingly, Clete Thomas moved up to the second spot in Polanco’s place, giving Detroit three straight left-handed hitters to start off against Indians starter Paul Byrd.

For Sardinha, it might be his final game before being sent down. Brandon Inge is scheduled to catch four innings and play third base for the other five tonight for Triple-A Toledo. If he feels fine after that game, Leyland said, he could be activated on Thursday.

Over in the other dugout, the Indians filled CC Sabathia’s spot on the roster by calling up Juan Rincon from Triple-A Buffalo.

TIGERS (45-44)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Thomas, LF
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Joyce, RF
  6. Sheffield, DH
  7. Renteria, SS
  8. Santiago, 2B
  9. Sardinha, C

INDIANS (37-52)

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
  3. Ben Francisco, LF
  4. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  5. Casey Blake, 1B
  6. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  7. Ryan Garko, DH
  8. Andy Marte, 3B
  9. Sal Fasano, C