May 2nd, 2009

Treanor's season likely over

Catcher Matt Treanor underwent right hip surgery as expected on Thursday, a procedure that is now expected to cost him the rest of the season according to the team.

Dr. Bryan Kelly performed the operation at the Center for Special Surgery in New York, removing a bone spur that was causing him inflammation. Treanor indicated earlier in the week that he hoped to be back in two to three months, but the surgery was apparently a little more extensive.

If this is it, Treanor’s season ends with an 0-for-13 line at the plate in four games. He was also the catcher for Rick Porcello’s Major League debut. The Tigers signed the 33-year-old to a one-year, $750,000 contract in December after the Marlins non-tendered him.

At this point, the loss is not expected to change the Tigers’ plans at the backup catcher spot, where veteran Minor Leaguer Dane Sardinha has taken Treanor’s place. Sardinha will never be known for his offense, but he has earned a reputation for working well with pitchers.

Raburn in LF

As Jim Leyland said Friday, the next few games are a big opportunity for Ryan Raburn, who will get some regular at-bats with three straight left-handed starters on the mound for the opponents.

TIGERS

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

P: Miner

INDIANS

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B
  3. Victor Martinez, C
  4. Shin-Soo Choo, LF
  5. Mark DeRosa, 3B
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. David Dellucci, DH
  8. Ryan Garko, 1B
  9. Ben Francisco, RF

P: Aaron Laffey

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