July 11th, 2008

Leyland on Jones: "I'm gonna watch him"

Todd Jones is still the closer, but he’s not going to be the overtaxed closer.

“I’m gonna watch him closely,” Leyland said Friday, “maybe use somebody else from time to time.”

That doesn’t mean he’s out, or even that he’s sharing the closer’s job. But one theory Leyland came up with for Jones struggling was the fact that he pitched a day game after a night game.

Leyland didn’t say exactly who he would go to for tonight, but said most nights it would probably be Rodney or Zumaya. Both are available tonight, as is everybody but Jones and possibly Casey Fossum.

In other news, Edgar Renteria gets another day off, though he said his left hamstring feels “a lot better.” Leyland hopes to play him Saturday and Sunday to try to get him some momentum at the plate going into the break.

TIGERS (46-45)

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

TWINS (51-41)

  1. Carlos Gomez, CF
  2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, DH
  6. Delmon Young, LF
  7. Brian Buscher, 3B
  8. Nick Punto, SS
  9. Denard Span, RF