June 3rd, 2009

Thames likely returning this weekend

Marcus Thames is continuing his rehab stint at Triple-A Toledo, but there now seems to be an end game to the process.

“By the end of the week, we’re hoping Marcus is swinging good,” manager Jim Leyland said, “because we’re going to see four left-handers.”

The stretch starts with the Angels’ Joe Saunders, who starts Sunday, then continues into next week’s series against the White Sox. Clayton Richard, who has been pitching really well since joining Chicago’s rotation, is on track to pitch one of the games Monday. Mark Buehrle and John Danks are also on turn to pitch in that series.

“Marcus, I would expect to be rejoining us soon,” Leyland said.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Bonderman’s Minor League rehab stint is officially over, according to the notes from Triple-A Toledo. He’s scheduled to throw on the side again one more time — he threw Tuesday — and then the Tigers will re-evaluate him. Leyland said he knows who will start the second game of Monday’s doubleheader, but isn’t ready to announce it. Armando Galarraga, you might remember, will start the first game.

TIGERS

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

P: Armando Galarraga

RED SOX

  1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  2. J.D. Drew, RF
  3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  4. Jason Bay, LF
  5. Mike Lowell, 3B
  6. David Ortiz, DH
  7. Jason Varitek, C
  8. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  9. Nick Green, SS

P: Josh Beckett

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