Thames nearing rehab stint

The Tigers are aiming to put outfielder Marcus Thames on a rehab stint with Triple-A Toledo next week while the Tigers are on the road.

Thames, on the disabled list since April 19 with a left rib cage strain, is taking batting practice with his teammates this week as he works back into full activities. The Tigers hope to have Thames head to Toledo after Detroit’s upcoming series against the Rockies and meet the Mud Hens when they return home Monday for an eight-game homestand. Under that timetable, he could be ready to be activated from the DL when the Tigers begin their next homestand June 2.

“He needs to get about 30 at-bats or so,” manager Jim Leyland said. “I really think that, because of the injury in spring training, he hasn’t really gotten in sync at all to begin the season, so I think it’ll do him wonders. We’ll just have to play it by ear to see when he’s ready.”

Thames missed nearly three weeks in March with a strained abdominal muscle, then battled a stiff back early in April. Once thought to be the main beneficiary in at-bats when the Tigers released Gary Sheffield in the final week of spring training, Thames instead received just 18 at-bats over six games before he hurt himself taking extra batting practice one afternoon during the Tigers’ series at the Angels last month.

The Tigers have rolled along without Thames with a combination of young left-handed hitters such as Josh Anderson and Clete Thomas. Carlos Guillen  and Magglio Ordonez were taking the bulk of the time at designated hitter with Thames out before Guillen went on the DL with a sore right shoulder and Ordonez left the team a few days ago to be with his wife as she awaited surgery.

Guillen is not expected to be ready for a rehab stint when the Tigers leave town. He said he hasn’t heard whether he’ll stay back or travel with the club and take swings under the watch of team medical staff and hitting coach Lloyd McClendon.

8 Comments

Seriously stupid to leave Jackson in there that long. He had been playing with fire and it came back to bite the Tigers in the you know what???

I agree JL has been idiotic and should have had Zumaya ready to start the 8th. After the walk he should have taken him out, after the “double” he should have been taken out and after the real double he should have been taken out and after the walk he should have been taken out.
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I guess you get my point. It’s sucide to have EJ throwing at this point.
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BTW, Sardinha has been pretty ineffective today. The Rangers are running on him at will. Finger or not–you can’t have that at this level of ball.
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Bottom of 8th right now. Be real nice to see them pull this one out.
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Clete must feel pretty darn bad as he should have caught that ball-not an easy catch, but certainly catchable. Arrggghhh!

Pure idiocy.

I don’t mind Leyland sticking with Jackson for the first two hitters in the 8th. But with a guy on and one out and well over a 100 pitches thrown, and a lefty at the plate with a lot of power (Blalock), you kinda have to go with Seay. And predictably sticking with EJ backfired. But re: Zumaya — I bet he’s unavailable, having pitched back-to-back games. So it’s a matter of trusting Jackson vs. trusting Seay/Perry. Leyland stuck with Jackson — and I might have too if those two guys are the only option. Anyway, disappointing result.

not sure that Zumaya would be available he had pitched two nights in a row and yesterday was lengthy, but Seay surely could of gone in??? Seriously annoyed

MCab–this is what the big bucks are for!
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Get ‘er done!

Miguel Cabrera rules.

Clutch hit and we are lucky that the Rangers didn’t run on Rodney/Sardinha in the 9th to keep that DP open.
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That was a really elegant turn by both Polanco and by Everett. Rodney was off and we were incredibly fortunate to walk away with this one. Good effort once again.
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JL has to do better than that though.
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Be good to get Laird back in there tomorrow.

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