April 10th, 2009

Zumaya to begin rehab assignment Saturday

Good news on Joel Zumaya: He’ll begin a Minor League rehab assignment Saturday with Class A Lakeland. This will not be the stretch where he goes back-to-back days to see if his arm’s ready to pitch in games. He’ll make a couple outings there, then head to Double-A Erie or Triple-A Toledo for the final test before getting the call.

The bad news on Zumaya is that his velocity was supposedly down in his last extended Spring Training game earlier this week. However, given the windy conditions that day, the Tigers aren’t concerned yet.

And at this point, the Tigers are making no secrets about how much Zumaya means to the Tigers bullpen.

“He’ll be a welcome addition,” manager Jim Leyland said. “That fills a gap we really need.”

Happy home opener

It isn’t exactly going to be tropical, but it’s shaping up to be a sun-soaked day for the home opener. As Fernando Rodney pointed out, if you’re from Detroit, you probably don’t need a heavy jacket today.

With lefty Matt Harrison slated to pitch for Texas on Saturday, Jim Leyland decided to get Jeff Larish the start today rather than wait until Sunday. Larish is the DH. Other than that, it’s a pretty standard lineup.


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

P: Armando Galarraga


  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Michael Young, 3B
  3. Josh Hamilton, CF
  4. Hank Blalock, DH
  5. Nelson Cruz, RF
  6. Marlon Byrd, LF
  7. Chris Davis, 1B
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Elvis Andrus, SS

P: Kris Benson