July 19th, 2008

Larish at third

To quote manager Jim Leyland today, “Larish is at third. And that’s the end of that conversation.”

Larish played in three games at third at Triple-A Toledo after the Tigers sent him down last month. He’s playing tonight in place of Carlos Guillen, whose wife remains hospitalized in Detroit. However, this also might be Leyland’s one chance to get Larish a start before the Tigers have to make room on the roster for Zach Miner on Monday — likely at Larish’s expense.

TIGERS (48-48)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Joyce, LF
  7. Larish, 3B
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Inge, C

ORIOLES (46-49)

  1. Brian Roberts, 2B
  2. Nick Markakis, RF
  3. Melvin Mora, 3B
  4. Aubrey Huff, DH
  5. Kevin Millar, 1B
  6. Luke Scott, LF
  7. Adam Jones, CF
  8. Ramon Hernandez, C
  9. Brandon Fahey, SS

Ozzie skeptical about Freddy

For anyone thinking Freddy Garcia can be a key addition for a late-season charge for the Tigers — or any other team, for that matter — the recent lack of news as well as comments from his former manager and current close friend, Ozzie Guillen, are dampening that idea. Guillen supposedly visited with Garcia in Florida over the All-Star break. Asked if he thinks Garcia can be ready for an August or September return after undergoing labrum surgery last year, he said (from Scott Merkin’s article on MLB.com):

“I doubt it. I hope he is. He’s my friend,” Guillen said. “But when I
see him and where he’s at right now, I don’t see that happening. I
don’t think by August, maybe September. Freddy hasn’t even thrown off
the mound yet.

“He’s throwing flat and he’s throwing good and he said his velocity is
coming around. Everything is fine, but people think because you play
catch, you are pitching. That’s not the same. You don’t have people on
the mound or hitting. I hope he do it, but it’s going to be a little
bit difficult for him to do it.”

Guillen added how he hopes Garcia doesn’t rush himself back.

Garcia’s agent, Peter Greenberg, said a few weeks ago that they planned on having him throw for interested teams (including the Tigers) somewhere around July 21-24. That would be next week, but no firm date has leaked out yet.

Bottom line, between the uncertain timetable on Garcia and a trade market that doesn’t favor the Tigers whatsoever, I think Detroit needs some effective starts from Zach Miner and the guys they have now if they’re going to make a race out of this.