April 23rd, 2009

Thursday: Tigers at Angels

Carlos Guillen’s Achillies tendon was getting sore on him after the first couple games, so Jim Leyland is giving him a day at DH. Leyland wants Gerald Laird playing on Friday and Saturday, so with Laird’s ankle a bit sore, Leyland rested him tonight and gave Matt Treanor a shot.

TIGERS

  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Carlos Guillen, DH
  6. Brandon Inge, 3B
  7. Josh Anderson, LF
  8. Matt Treanor, C
  9. Adam Everett, SS

P: Edwin Jackson

ANGELS

  1. Chone Figgins, 3B
  2. Maicer Izturis, SS
  3. Bobby Abreu, RF
  4. Torii Hunter, DH (wasn’t feeling well today, stomach bug)
  5. Kendry Morales, 1B
  6. Juan Rivera, LF
  7. Gary Matthews Jr., CF
  8. Howie Kendrick, 2B
  9. Jeff Mathis, C

P: Matt Palmer

Zumaya to rejoin Tigers this weekend

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Thursday afternoon that reliever Joel Zumaya will rejoin the club this weekend at Kansas City, indicating he’ll be activated and back in the bullpen to face the Royals.

Leyland didn’t know which specific day, other than it probably wouldn’t be in time for Friday’s series opener.

“They say he’s ready,” Leyland said.

Thus, after opening the year on the disabled list with what was listed as a sore right shoulder following his season-ending stress fracture last August, Zumaya will be ready for his first outing of the year. He made a handful of rehab appearances at Class A Lakeland and Triple-A Toledo.

Pitching on back-to-back days was widely believed to be the final step in Zumaya’s rehab. He did that on Tuesday and Wednesday, pitching a scoreless inning apiece with two strikeouts in each outing.

Once his shoulder felt fine Thursday, he was declared ready to go.

Leyland didn’t specify a role for Zumaya, other than to say he’ll be pitching from the sixth inning on.

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