March 26th, 2009

Zumaya now "highly unlikely" for opener

He threw another side session today, apparently was fine. The next step, according to manager Jim Leyland, is whether to have Zumaya throw another side session or to start having him throw in camp games.

If that sounds like a timetable that isn’t going to have him ready for Major League games when the season starts in 11 days, you’re not the only one thinking that. Leyland said it’s “highly unlikely” that Zumaya will be ready for Opening Day.

Four cuts, Everett, Robertson fine

Lots of stuff today …

  • The Tigers made four cuts today instead of the expected five. Don Kelly, Max St. Pierre and Alexis Gomez were sent to Minor League camp, while Wilkin Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Toledo.
  • The moves included no pitchers. Nor did it include second baseman Will Rhymes, who remains in camp.
  • Adam Everett was walking around the clubhouse surprisingly well today, a day after he sprained his ankle. He thinks he can be back to action in 2-3 days.
  • Nate Robertson, meanwhile, has no structural damage to his sprained thumb. It’s still pretty swollen, but he’s hoping he can be back throwing in a few days. He thinks he might be able to pitch when his turn comes back around next Monday. “It’s not out of the question,” he said, “but it’s not a sure thing.”