September 19th, 2008

Friday: Tigers at Indians

Dusty Ryan starts for the fifth time in Detroit’s last six games, while Brandon Inge starts again at third (for update on Carlos Guillen, read previous post below). Ramon Santiago gets another start at short, though Edgar Renteria says he’s fine.

As for the manager, he says he will not be watching from the press box or luxury suites, as other managers have done. He’ll watch it from someplace where he isn’t visible. Lloyd McClendon will manage the team as expected.

TIGERS (71-80)

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

INDIANS (75-77)

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. David Dellucci, LF
  3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  4. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  5. Victor Martinez, C
  6. Travis Hafner, DH
  7. Michael Aubrey, 1B
  8. Andy Marte, 3B
  9. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B

Guillen gets second opinion on back

A second opinion from back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins confirmed it wasn’t any worse than lower back inflammation affected by a nerve root. Guillen had a second epidural shot back in Detroit and will stay there for the weekend. At this point, the Tigers appear just short of ruling him out of playing for the final week of the season. Even if he feels fine, he hasn’t played in about a month, and it would take him time to get back into playing shape. Even so, he’s expected to be fine for next spring.