Thames to DL, Raburn called up

Dave Dombrowski announced immediately after the game that Marcus Thames is going onto the DL. He pulled a muscle around his rib cage doing extra hitting before the game tonight and wasn’t available. That’s why Adam Everett was pinch-hitting in the 9th. Ryan Raburn is being recalled from Toledo and will be available Wednesday.

Thames said after the game that he took a swing during early BP when he felt something pop. It’s different than the abdominal muscle that he pulled in Spring Training, because this latest injury is higher up along his left side.

“I knew it was something that couldn’t be good,” Thames said, “because it took the breath away from me a little bit.”

He and the Tigers were awaiting results of an MRI exam to confirm the
severity of the injury, whether it’s a pulled muscle or something worse, and what kind of timetable Thames is looking at for a recovery. Whatever it is, Thames was clearly frustrated after the game, because he was working hard to try to get his swing going.

“It is what it is,” Thames said. “I can’t control it. It’s tough luck right now for me. It hasn’t been a good last two months for me.”

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I hope I am not reading anything between the lines here on Marcus.
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Raburn?
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Pretty weak bench right now.

I’m wondering why Raburn and not Clevlen. On the one hand, if Raburn has a few options left and doesn’t have to pass waivers again, its a smart move. At the same time, if Thames is going to be on the list for more than the minimum time, I’d want an outfielder who I’m comfortable being an everyday player, like the other 4 who we have. Also, what if Raburn’s callup means something about his versatility? If Adam Everett is in the proverbial doghouse, that makes Ramon Santiago the starter. If that is the case, we need a backup for Placido Polanco. Hmmm…..

A strange sort of a game, one we could easily have won on a number of occasions yet probably didn’t deserve to.
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Don’t quite know what to read into JL pitching Miner for one innings and Lyon the 7th and 8th. Miner was going OK and would like to know the last time Lyon pitched a full 2 innings.
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If Lyon was roughed up in the 7th, who would have JL turned to for the 8th? He still seems to have Seay as the situational pitcher up his sleeve. Rincon? Surely not Perry thus far? Looks like Zoom is going to march straight back into the 8th innings role at KC with Bonine likely to make way. Having just cleared waivers, how many times can he now be sent back down?
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Anderson has to get more playing time both for defense and offense. 17 at bats over 13 starts isn’t good enough for someone with his potential. Apart from the energy he brings to the game, a career .318 batting average is going to waste.
Thankfully Carlos seems to be handling the role of DH. Having played 5 games as DH, he is hitting 6 of 20 (.300) and in 8 games LF, hitting only 5 of 27 (.185) with .234 overall.
Carlos should DH most of the time and only swapped for Maggs once a week and Miggs once a fortnight to give them a break or help overcome any niggling minor injuries.

Well this explains why Thames pinchi hit instead of Everett. My guess is that he has had a little lingering problem that kept him out for a week or so earlier (maybe in spring training).
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We certianly had our chances but nobody could get that big hit when we needed it.
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And as I said last night the strike zone was hideous.
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Hopefully JV will work it out tonight. Galarraga didn’t have it and a really poor hitting team right now in the Angels hit pretty well last night.
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Way to go WINGS
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GO TIGERS
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GK

i completely agree that anderson needs the reps with the bat and in left. we all like carlos at DH. he has had a stellar bat since coming here but his lower half can’t take the fielding on a regular basis. keep raburn so leyland can continue the small ball that worked so well in seattle. marcus is my favorite player next to binge (that’s right, binge) but we can afford to give up a bit of power in exchange for aggravating the other team’s defense… thoughts?

I did want to touch on last night’s subject, the Cabrera rumor. As you read here, I quickly blew it off, my reason being the rumor came from “ESPN analysts.” ESPN is an excellent place to watch live sporting events, but their talk shows should be avoided, especially when the subject is baseball. It’s no surprise that this unfounded public daydream involved the Boston Red Sox. If it hadn’t been them, it would have been the Yankees. Any other team in need of a slugger and ESPN wouldn’t have touched it. Your best bet for televised baseball news is the MLB Network.
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After looking over some fan comments from various sites, it does appear that Brandon Lyon will be the next Jason Grilli. That’s unfortunate, as it’s counter-productive to the team being successful. Lyon will be blamed for everything including the weak economy before it’s all said and done.
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My question last night was not why Lyon for a second inning but rather why pull Miner after one? Zach is starting on Saturday (or Sunday as it was reported last night on the air) and could have gone one more before getting into the rest of the pen in the 8th.
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If Raburn hadn’t gotten the call up, I don’t know who else it would be. Without getting into all the options scenarios, he can pinch run. Thames had been getting about half the PT and Larish very little as it was. Now Anderson and Larish both can get more time, plus Raburn has Tigers experience and seems to be the simplest fill in. If, that is, Leyland can avoid the urge to start him everyday for a week.
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Another tough one tonight, Joe Saunders.
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–Rich

I owe Leyland an apology then. I was wondering why he did not pinch hit Thames in the 9th. Now I know! On another note, I have never seen a umpire at the major league level with a larger strike zone, especially low! The last pitch of the game was clearly waaaay inside. Go get them the next two games and win the series.

Personally, I welcome rumors like the Cabrera trade. I take it as an indication that the “experts” think that we don’t have the talent required to contend and that we’re obviously going to be dumping salary at the trade deadline because nobody will be coming to the games, blah, blah, blah.
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What I’m seeing is a rejuvenated team. The pitching has been solid (even without Bonderman and Zumaya), the defense is improved, and we’re over .500 even though some key bats haven’t heated up yet. I really like the flashes of small ball that we’re seeing, too.
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I think this team thrives on being the underdog and that being favored from the beginning of the season last year took a toll. I hope that the general public doesn’t catch on very quickly, because I’d like to see the Tigers be considered a surprise for as much of the season as possible.
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matt

It’s usually not too hard to confound the “experts” but I agree with what you’re saying about the underdog thing, Matt. I don’t think many of us fans were comfortable with being the “overdog” last season. Speaking of confounding experts, I picked the Giants over the Patriots in the 2008 SuperBowl. Sometimes decades upon decades of watching sports beats out the expert analysis. ;-)
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This stinks for Marcus. The man can’t buy a break.
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–Rich

What happened to Timo Perez? He does it all and is consistent. On top of this he is excellent in the clutch and
has more major league experience.

Timo Perez is currently playing for Veracruz in the Mexican League. He received his release just before the start of the Minor League season. If he was still at Toledo, though, he most likely wouldn’t have gotten the call. It’s a right-handed bat off the bench that the Tigers needed to fill Thames’ role.

Lyon the next Jason Grilli??? Not a chance!!! Grilli has locked up the RH setup role for the Rockies, and has an ERA UNDER 1.5!!! Grilli ended last season with an ERA lower than most, if not all, of the Tigers pitchers. C’mon!!! Isn’t time to stop dumping on the guy??? And, before you ask, I’m not a relative!!!

Lyon the next Jason Grilli??? Not a chance!!! Grilli has locked up the RH setup role for the Rockies, and has an ERA UNDER 1.5!!! Grilli ended last season with an ERA lower than most, if not all, of the Tigers pitchers. C’mon!!! Isn’t time to stop dumping on the guy??? And, before you ask, I’m not a relative!!!

Lyon the next Jason Grilli??? Not a chance!!! Grilli has locked up the RH setup role for the Rockies, and has an ERA UNDER 1.5. How many of our pitchers can claim that.? Plus, Grilli ended last season with an ERA lower than most, if not all, Tigers pitchers. C’mon!!! When are we going to stop dumping on the guy??? Before you ask, I am NOT related to him!!!

I wasn’t dumping on Grilli. I’ve always liked the guy and long time readers know this.
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Jason Grilli was a guy the fans loved to hate. They booed him unmercifully at Comerica, to the point where Leyland had to adjust his appearances to road games. The vitriole spewed actually hurt Grilli’s performance. When I say that Lyon is the next Grilli, I mean that Brandon could become the guy that wears a target for negative fan behavior. All the more likely to happen with the departure of Todd Jones, another target, and one who was regularly among the top ten closers in baseball, not to mention his having more love for the Detroit organization than anyone in a long time.
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BTW, I’m not surprised that Grilli has done well elsewhere. He always had good stuff.
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–Rich

I saw some squawking about Lyons pitching two innings. What’s the issue? He didn’t get beat in the 9th, he got beat in the 8th. Also, they got one run off of him. It happens.

I’m trying to figure out what’ll happen if (when?) Dontrell is ready to come back. Miner to the bullpen. When Bondo comes back, Porcello to the minors (to keep the innings down on his arm for another year)? By the way, I’m of the opinion that Dontrell will come all the way back or not at all. If he comes all the way back, we’ll be unstoppable. No team in MLB has 8 guys with solid to excellent starting experience (excepting Porcello, who’s a heck of a pitcher already).

With the bullpen largely under done and looking for work, you don’t go to your 8th inning setup man in the 7th. JL obviously had someone in mind to pitch the 8th unless Lyon went well in the 7th which he did. Whoever it is, JL will slot a healthy Zoom in his place. I agree with JL as no one has really stamped their authority in the setup role. Perry can and will make it but not at this stage.
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I know somewhat hypothetical but we could soon have to fit Zoom, Bondo and Willis back into the 25 or have to release them and pay out their contracts. I understand only Bonine, Rincon, Perry and Porcello (in my order of going) can be sent down without having to clear waivers. Anyone else can walk and have their contract paid out.
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Bondo still seems at best a month away so even allowing for Willis making a stellar comeback, who to drop from the rotation after Miner can be put off. I would like to know the last team’s starting pitching who played a full season without going on the disabled list.

It should have been Mike Hessman This guy deserves a shot His numbers would end up the same over a season as Thames’ and he is more versatile than Marcus is. Raburn needed to stay down and get AB’s What if he is out of options after this? They’ll lose him, whereas Clevlen and Hessman have already been passed up on by other teams. I guess when Thames comes off DL they can rehab him a while and if he tears it up down there maybe a trade can be worked out by then for either him or Raburn

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