Treanor to return this season?

Just got done talking with Matt Treanor, who’s back in the Tiger clubhouse but moving around on crutches after his hip surgery last Thursday. He said the likelihood that he’ll miss the season is news to him.

“I’m going to go about it as if I have an opportunity to play again this season,” Treanor said.

Treanor said he talked after the surgery with the specialist, Dr. Bryan Kelly. He’s going to get some opinions on the timetable coming up. If it sounds certain that he’ll miss the season, he’ll probably go home to rehab, but that he’d like to stick around Detroit when the team’s in town if he has a shot at a comeback.

As far as the lineup goes, it’s pretty much the same as Sunday except that Laird is back in the lineup and batting sixth.

TIGERS

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

P: Edwin Jackson

TWINS

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, DH
  6. Joe Crede, 3B
  7. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  8. Delmon Young, LF
  9. Nick Punto, SS

P: Francisco Liriano

21 Comments

Todays game will be a good test of the mental toughness of the side. They have struggled in the games you think they will win and step up the days you have written off for a loss.
You would hope the season opener against the Twins and Mauer is more than enough motivation to step up this series from the first pitch.
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You got to admire the way JL sticks by certain players – Raburn, Zoom and Rodney regardless of the results. Some you win, some you lose.
Santiago and Anderson definitely haven’t made the inner sanctum. The words stubborn and mule come to mind!!

Agreed. Don’t know why Anderson isn’t in there?

This is no doubt Raburns last chance so hope he proves me wrong today, both at bat and more importantly in the field. Over 4 years as a Tiger, Ryan has had 360 at bats for .250.
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JL just dosn’t think Santiago or Anderson can hit lefties despite Ramon going .32 last year from 25AB and .3 from 10AB in 2007. Josh even hit .389 from 18AB in 2007 against lefties. Give them both a go AND NOT FOR ONE GAME!!

Oops. Didn’t realize that Liriano was a left hander. That must be why he went with Raburn. The proverbial Lefty to Righty thing.

By the by, why do you suppose we have never (at least to my knowledge) ever seen a guy who can pitch right handed and left handed. How much would that honk up a hitter if the guy threw a first pitch with the right hand and then the next left handed, etc. Plenty of ambidex folks out there but never seen one in baseball.

I was at one stage thinking it could be an option Dontrelle might try!!
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Have to wonder if Ramon bothers to even practise his switch hitting knowing JL hates using him against lefties.

Stuuborn ol’ coot. He’ll do it till it works (or someone comes up lame).
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I’d rather see Anderson in LF and would prefer to see Santiago to Raburn right now.

Oppty for Carlos. We’ll see how he does.

OK. single to right (again) but a hit.

Walk to Raburn? A .111 hitter. I realize it’s Everrett but sheesh.

Way inside Adam. Well done boys.

i guess jim leyland forgot how to sacrifice.

Leyland just doesn’t like to sacrifice. He seems to only do it, oddly enough, when the team is hitting, but when they are scuffling for runs early in the game, he just doesn’t do it much. He will if Everett or Santiago is up but we should have been doing it with Laird up. Polanco too.
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Great pitching. Jackson has really given the fans something to cheer about this year so far.

Liriano has us eating out of his hand. If we are fortunate enough to get a runner on, JL had better think about getting him down to 2nd.
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Jackson sure has had tough luck with his mates giving him runs this year.

Have not posted in a while but I read everything. I am a die hard Tiger fan but Leyland just does not know how to judge his pithers like Captain Hook did. When Jackson walked the hitter and did not get the called strike, it rattled Jackson. Leyland came to visit and I am sure he said just throw stikes. Well, Minnesota heard that. Crede was not going to bunt and it was time for a new pitcher. Just because we could not hit Liariono, Jackson could have left with confidence. Now the Twins have some Mojo. I have to get up early. I hope we come back. See you tomorrow.
–Dave

Holy cow–the wheels fell loff———-again. Jackson has to be getting pretty tired of this.
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I missed the inning but it reads pretty ugly. My guess is we had some inefficient outfield play?
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Can’t win with 2 hits.

Boy–after all these years the Tigrs still need a good everday left fielder. Be nice to find another Willie Horton around.

Why not give Hessman a shot? With Thames hurt they could use his right handed power. Raburn looks lost, and I think is a AAA player (probably why no NL team wants him). Send Raburn down, bring up Hessman and let him DH, give Inge a day off and Cabrera too. Anderson makes Raburn expendable. And Wilkin Ramerez is knocking on the door too.

A very disappointing loss tonight, but Liriano was in total control. I feel for Jackson who does well over 6 innings, but he ran out of steam in the 7th. And we certainly have not given him any offensive cover. One quick comment from the previous blogger re Hessman. With all due respect, this guy is a career AAA guy. Remember, not only did Clevlen clear waivers going down, but so did Hessman. He can hit a couple of homers over a 20 game stretch with a .100 BA. Well, Rich could do that; and I might not bet against Dan since he is the new President of the Binge fan club. Hessman is not our answer right now. And neither is Ryan Rayburn. Anyway, thanks for letting me bloviate. Porcello knocks them dead tomorrow night!
Greg

Well I am sure you must of all realized I was at the game when they lost. I have been to five games this year and the only game they have won when I have been there is opening day.
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I said even before the 7th started, he should not put Jackson back in. I thought that he was done. I would bet that if he hadn’t we wouldn’t have lost that game 7-2. We may not have won, but they wouldn’t have gotten an almost insurmountable lead in that inning.
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I am also sick and tired of us not hitting either these pitchers that everyone is hitting or not hitting the AAA call up. Why is it that everyone else hits them and the Tigers can’t???? Really bored with this, I would have had just as much fun staying home and watching paint dry tonight.
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BLAH BLAH BLAH

We got Twinned again. Happens a lot. I’m really impressed with Jackson. I mean, his problem has always been walks and he’s avoided those altogether. Real good young pitcher, and a real good trade.
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Two defensive issues that have yet to be resolved are Cabrera not knowing when to let a grounder go through to Polanco and Guillen being shaky in left. Cab can learn the first through repetition, and it is a tricky one for a firstbaseman. Guillen seems to have trouble with all but the routine plays and that will have to be addressed in one way or another.
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The hitting is still not up to snuff, although tonight Mr. Liriano had a lot to do with that. He was his old nasty self, and you could kind of see that coming after his rough start to the season. I would really like to see Leyland be more proactive here. I thought it was a bunting situation in the second with Laird. You have to realize your offense is missing some beats, and you want to maximize the scoring opportunities. I’m sure the boss thought it was too early in the game, but that’s the old book dictating his thinking again. He’s also stubbornly stuck on Raburn and displays his usual disregard for Santiago. Neither does he consider a lineup shakeup. I just don’t think JL is a good manager and I’d swap for Gardenhire in a heartbeat.
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So now you try to at least split these division games. I’d love to see them do some damage during this stretch, but don’t foresee it. Maybe get the split then tear through the NL as we’ve done the previous three seasons then see where we are. It will be a tough season for sure. I like the team but this won’t be easy.
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–Rich

All I can tell you, GK, is that Comerica is 550 miles from me and I’ve been to five games since they opened the place. The Tigers have lost them all, and they haven’t even been good games. And I’ve never enjoyed my visit. I’m probably about five games under .500 for road games, and only a couple have been what I would call good entertaining baseball.
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–Rich

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