June 8th, 2009

Cabrera back at first base, roster move coming

A day after manager Jim Leyland pulled Miguel Cabrera from the game after a couple plate appearances because he didn’t look at full strength with his strained left hamstring, Cabrera is back in the lineup today for the first game of the doubleheader. Leyland wants to at least give Cabrera a shot to play and see how he reacts before deciding what to do about the nightcap.

“I’ll see how it looks the first game,” Leyland said. “He’ll have a lot of time for treatment before the second game.”

There’s a reason why Cabrera would not be at designated hitter. Leyland said Cabrera told him that his hamstring feels better when he’s in the field as opposed to DHing.

“He told me that he actually felt better if he was moving around,” Leyland said.

As for the roster move that will come after the first game, Leyland said he does not know yet what it’s going to be. They have a few scenarios, but part of it depends on how the first game goes and how their bullpen looks.

“No matter how this turns out,” Leyland said, “we’re going to be forced to do something that we don’t want to do.”

That could ssemingly include going with a 13-man pitching staff and going a hitter short for a while until they get to Pittsburgh, though Leyland didn’t want to comment on that.

The weather is looking up right now — mostly cloudy, but some clearing in the sky. It really isn’t that miserable of a day, a lot better than it looked this morning. We’ll see if it holds; the forecast calls for scattered showers.


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

P: Armando Galarraga


  1. Scott Podsednik, LF
  2. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  3. Jermaine Dye, RF
  4. Jim Thome, DH
  5. Paul Konerko, 1B
  6. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  7. Chris Getz, 2B
  8. Josh Fields, 3B
  9. Dewayne Wise, CF

P: Clayton Richard

Keating fills in for Dickerson

Hello from Chicago. Dan Dickerson was not cleared to travel on the road trip, so it’ll be a long stretch for Jim Price handling the bulk of the broadcasting duties on Tigers radio, including today’s day-night doubleheader. John Keating will join him again behind the microphone.