Zumaya to Toledo, Willis to Lakeland for rehabs

I’m off this weekend, going back to work during the Angels series next week, but I figured I’d give a quick heads-up about the decisions on two rehab stints, courtesy of MLB.com’s Doug Miller in Seattle:

  • Joel Zumaya is going to join Triple-A Toledo for a stint beginning with an appearance Saturday. Not a whole lot of details were available beyond that, but based on what Zumaya said was the plan at the end of Spring Training, he wasn’t going to be headed out of Lakeland until the final step of his rehab, which would be to see him a little against tougher competition and more importantly to see how his arm handles pitching on back-to-back days. The Mud Hens are in Columbus Saturday and Sunday with an off-day scheduled for Monday before they’re back in Toledo for a homestand starting Tuesday.
  • Dontrelle Willis, meanwhile, will be starting a rehab stint for Class A Lakeland on Tuesday. Leyland said he pitched in an extended Spring Training game on Thursday and, according to reports, “looked fantastic,” with 48 of his 62 pitches for strikes and a fastball at 90-92. “They were legitimate strikes, too,” Leyland told reporters. “The younger kids weren’t swinging at balls outside the strike zone.” To answer what I anticipate the next question might be, Dontrelle can pitch for up to 30 days in a Minor League stint before the Tigers have to make a move of some sort.

Enjoy the weekend. Hopefully you can get out and enjoy this weather if you’re in the area before the rain arrives for Sunday.

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Just watched Sheffield hit his 500th homer. He was PHing in the 8th and it tied the game. He got a curtain call in NY, which I doubt would have happened in Detroit.
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Congratulations, Sheff!!!!
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–Rich

Yes – well done Sheff. Seems pitchers are slow learners continually trying to challenge him inside.
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JV looks composed today. Our hits to run scored ratio this year has never looked so good.

JV does look great. When he’s confident, like your seeing tonight, he can really dial up his pitches. That slider he threw this inning was ridiculous.
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Is it just me, or does anyone notice how much Guillen and Ordonez look out of sync. I was telling a bud of mine that I really thought Guillen was going to have a tough year – just too many injuries in the last couple of years. I really hope Ordonez doesn’t have a bad year. We can ill afford that this year.
– JUMS

Tonight is also a great example of why you throw 1st pitch strikes and get ahead of hitters. When you have good stuff like Verlander does tonights, and you’re constantly ahead of hitters, you get guys swinging at bad pitches later in the count because you really can’t sit around in the box tonight and wait for your pitch. Seems like Verlander has bought into this tonight and I hope this is a longterm trend (after all, I am the proud owner of a Verlander jersey and would hate to see my investment go to waste:-)

why did gutierrez get a hit for his squeeze play and santiago didn’t?
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if not for inge’s error this is a 1 run inning..

Yikes….and I eat my words.

Yikes….and I eat my words.

are the box scores on espn and mlb wrong or did they actually not give inge an error on that play?

No, they did give Inge an error on that play.

No, they did give Inge an error on that play.

Why bring JV out into the 8th after pitching over 100 and then keep him for 2 hits???

What a weird game. It looked like Justin was cruising and e were going to get to Hernandez. It is a crying shame. The difference?? When they hit, they hit a lot of doubles and we hit singles and hit into double plays. That error by Brandon didn’t help either. What a huge disappointment. Justin looked like he had no hitter stuff and when it went south it went south fast.

Frustrating immediately comes to mind. The error on a simple play, JV losing his composure, way too many strikeouts and the two double plays. Our first 4 hits produced 3 runs, the next 5 produced zip.
I will give JV his dues coming back after the horse had bolted. With our bullpen underused in recent times and stacked with Nate and Miner, why did he persevere with him well into the 8th?
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I can imagine Dan’s next blog having to personally witness it. The last innings brought shades of 2008 with only a blown save missing.

Hey guys and gals. This was a tough pill to swallow. Verlander deserves better defense We’ve let him down two straight outings. Inge has all the time to make a solid throw.
A couple of other quick points. We are going nowhere until 1-3 get their act together. When Grandy finally got a hit, it was a no brainer; he should have stolen second pronto because right now Polly is not hitting solid line drives. I see that April struggle in his face again. We are getting nothing from the DH spot at all. And finally, as stated above, no way you bring JV back out in the 8th. He pitched a solid game, got a little careless, but still could have won with good D.
Grandy won’t touch Bedard tomorrow. Hope Magss and Polly wake up soon.

Greg

ahhh… the dreaded double posts (sorry everyone). All said, was not a bad game. JV looked good minus the 5th inning. The M’s just really went after 1st pitch strikes that Verlander was not spotting anymore but just simply putting right over the plate for them to hit.
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I had the honour this evening to watch the game in Ottawa Canada, so I caught the M’s feed of the game. Seems as though Griffey coming back to Seattle has really ignited the fans. Good for them, how can you not root for a guy like Griffey.
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Cabrera continues to look fantastic at the plate. Can anyone say MVP? Little early I know. Tomorrow’s game is now extremely important. It is crucial that the Tigers not get into a situation in which they start losing games in bunches early in the season. Here’s to hoping for a great game from Jackson tomorrow. Despite the loss, there are still postive things to take from today’s game. Let’s go get them tomorrow.

We may have caught the Mariners at the wrong time. They’re playing loose and confident. I thought if we’d finished off the rally in the 2nd inning it would have been a much different game. Seattle couldn’t have done the things they did if they’d been down 5-0.
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Verlander threw all fastballs in the first inning. That can be a good way to keep the pitch count down, if he’s effective with them. He really didn’t pitch badly, but he seems to be becoming a hard luck pitcher. Tonight’s plate ump had a huge strike zone and any pitcher able to pound the bottom of that zone may have thrown a no-hitter. Too bad we don’t get that when Miner is pitching.
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Nice work on that suicide squeeze. I like pushing the envelope like that, but Seattle took it to the next level with that style of play. It’s good baseball, though.
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I was surprised that Thames started this game. He was ill, had a bad track record against Hernandez, and we might have gone with the speed game with Anderson again. Then there’s Larish. Jeff isn’t going to do us or himself any good pinch hitting every few games.
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Let’s see how the rest of this weekend plays out.
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–Rich

Yechh!.
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So many points made above were so precisely accurate.
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Talking to a guy in the stands about Verlander and even the Mariner fans were raving about him. I did mention that he can come rattled instantaneously and presto—it happened.
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I know a lot of folks knew I was going to bring this up–but that is another glaring example of what Inge does when he has time to think. I was down the LF line and had a real good perspective on the trhow home—it was brutal. IMO–it cost us the game—Verlander can’t handle the non-support he gets very well–though he did come back to throw well and longer than he should have.
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That perspective in LF also gives me another opinion to voice. Carlos was plain poor defensively. He looks as uncomfortable out there as he did at 3rd early last season. Great point about the DH.
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MCab can hit .5000 this year but if we don’t start getting runners on in front of him it will be fruitless. He just hammers the ball but unfortunately he is surrounded by incompetence right now. It’s worrisome.
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Good point about Larish too. He is gonna stagnate with lack of playing time. Very surprised to see Guillen in the lineup in LF tonight–thought for sure Anderson would be out there. He would have made 2 plays that Carlos didn’t. Thought they might DH Larish or Guillen—kinda dumb to throw Thames out there against Felix IMO.
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Great fans in Seattle–and they good naturedly put up with me until they good naturedly threw it back at me!
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We need a shutdown performance tomorrow. Sure wish this offense could be more conistent. Gets old struggling for runs and then breaking out in double digits blowouts.
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Better luck tomorrow?
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Sorry for the typos, tired, angry and on a laptop!

Well after just a little bit of sleep last night – had to get up early this morning I am still annoyed and in disbelief. I can just not fathom how you can go from completely making the Seattle hitters look like like little leaguers at the plate to blowing up the game and in the end losing. I said in the second when we stranded all those runners it was going to come back and bit us in the ??? While we had the chance we didn’t take it to Hernandez and he proceeded to have a couple of real quick innings. They got confident and adjusted and the Tigers went down the tubes.
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Someone said it earlier, I think that Justin is going to be our tough luck pitcher. Not that this was no fault of his own, but he definately had some help with this one.
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Better luck today
GO WINGS
GO TIGERS
GK

One of those games where, after you fail to put Felix away in the 2nd, you get that sinking feeling.
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In the 5th, the Seattle hitters made an adjustment, which big league hitters do, and scored a run with three quick hits. Knapp visited the mound, then Verlander was in the process of minimizing the damage, throwing good pitches, then came the Inge error. I don’t know if it has anything to do with having time to think, but he had plenty of time, didn’t rush his throw, set his feet properly, and just threw it into the dirt. Nearly all of his errors are throwing errors. It appears to be something we’ll just have to live with, the cost of all the highlight plays he makes. I’d like to see him use a higher arm angle when throwing, but that’s not going to happen at this stage in his career.
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I”ve seen Guillen having trouble with non-routine plays, in fact I saw that in Lakeland. He’s okay moving laterally after balls, albeit somewhat slower than I’d like, but the ones back near the fence are trouble. That’s normal for an inexperienced outfielder. It would appear, however, that we have a number of options other than Carlos in LF. You can bet, however, that Van Slyke is working him to death. That’s Andy’s MO.
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–Rich

I find it amazing that ANYone is still perplexed as to why Verlander has even 1 bad frame.

I’ve been saying this since this guy came up, “he doesn’t know how to pitch.” He knows how to “throw.”

Also, I’m somewhat acquainted with quite a few players and mgmt, and pretty much what they say in a nutshell about Verlander is that the guy is simply not the most “cerebral” pitcher around. Doesn’t allow a good tutor to really sink in with him.. Thus the chronic issue with a baaaad inning knocking this guy out. He does NOT adjust to hitters. After a couple looks, OR LESS… they just tee off on the guy.

THe worst thing that ever happened to him was that no-hitter.

I’d put him on the block, TODAY… he’s no better than a 4th or 5th guy. Let someone else pay that salary!!!

Dont look now but here come the Indians. 2 grand slams in 2 days. Impressive, least against NY.
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Would be surprised if the Tigers don’t play well for the full 9 today.

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