March 14th, 2009
Just got back from the clubhouse, where the Tigers announced that Rick Porcello will NOT start on Sunday. He cut the nail on his right index finger on a ground ball during PFP, and will be held back for two or three days. Jim Leyland said he was told it was a 50-50 shot that he would be able to play.
“Fifty-fifty is not good enough,” Leyland said. “I wouldn’t pitch anybody who had that situation.”
Alfredo Figaro will start Sunday against the Nationals instead.
As you probably know by now, Pistons owner Bill Davidson passed away yesterday. Tigers owner Mike Ilitch and his wife Marian put out a statement this afternoon:
“We are saddened by the passing of Bill Davidson and extend our condolences to his wife and family, the Pistons and Shock organizations and all of his employees.
“We always found Bill to be a very personable, friendly and warm person. He was a tremendous businessman, owner and competitor. His commitment to our community and his passion for innovation will leave a lasting legacy.”
Jeremy Bonderman said he felt good after throwing 30 pitches in the Tigers camp game Saturday morning, putting him on track to return to regular game action next Thursday against the Braves and on schedule to be ready for Opening Day.
“Felt good,” Bonderman said. “No pain. Threw all my pitches.”
Bonderman faced six hitters from the Tigers’ Minor League camp during the outing. He gave up a couple doubles and had a pair of strikeouts. But the important part for him was how he felt as he threw his pitches, and how his previously sore shoulder will feel on Sunday.
“I don’t want to get carried away,” manager Jim Leyland said. “I was tickled to death today, but I want to be tickled to death tomorrow.”
Based on how Bonderman felt, he believes he’ll feel good.
“I’m going to be sore,” he predicted, “but it’s just going to be normal soreness.”
Here are the lineups. The Twitter page is up and running.
- Inge, 3B
- Polanco, 2B
- Sheffield, DH
- Larish, 1B
- Laird, C
- Raburn, CF
- Perez, LF
- Gomez, RF
- Everett, SS
PITCHING: Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson, others
- Russ Adams, DH
- Aaron Hill, 2B
- Adam Lind, LF
- Lyle Overbay, 1B
- Jason Lane, RF
- Jose Bautista, CF
- Brad Emaus, 3B
- Raul Chavez, C
- John McDonald, SS
PITCHING: Casey Janssen, Mike Maroth, Robert Ray, Rick Bauer