June 12th, 2009

Porcello hitting facts

Rick Porcello is the first Tigers pitcher to get a hit in his first Major League at-bat since Zach Miner doubled at Milwaukee on June 20, 2006. But that’s just the start. He’s the first Tigers pitcher with a multi-hit game since Jeff Weaver had two on June 23, 2002 at Florida.

He’s also the first Tigers pitcher with a multi-RBI game in the DH era. No Tigers pitcher had multiple RBIs in a game since Joe Coleman drove in three runs at Boston on Sept. 21, 1972.

Granderson leading off, Kelly bats third

The days of Curtis Granderson batting fifth might well be over for a while. Jim Leyland said this afternoon that he will not bat Josh Anderson leadoff again.

“Some guys just feel comfortable and know what to do in that situation,” Leyland said. “Some guys got a knack for that. Some guys don’t.”

Anderson, despite his speed, does not, according to Leyland. Curtis Granderson does. And since Leyland said he does not have any other guys he considers leadoff hitters, the days of Granderson batting fifth appear to be over for now. However, Leyland said he thinks Granderson has made the transition to being able to hit fifth if the Tigers needed him there.

As for the third spot, that belongs to Don Kelly tonight. Leyland said he didn’t really know where to hit him, so he put him in the spot where he would’ve batted Clete Thomas if he were here.

TIGERS

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Kelly, LF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Ordonez, RF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Santiago, SS
  9. Porcello, P

PIRATES

  1. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  2. Nyjer Morgan, LF
  3. Freddy Sanchez, 2B
  4. Adam LaRoche, 1B
  5. Andy LaRoche, 3B
  6. Brandon Moss, RF
  7. Jason Jaramillo, C
  8. Jack Wilson, SS
  9. Ian Snell, P

Bonderman shut down, visits Dr. Andrews

The Tigers have shut down Jeremy Bonderman not just from pitching, but from throwing, until they can rid of a new soreness in his throwing shoulder.

The soreness popped up after his outing Monday against the White Sox, and it was concerning enough that the Tigers sent him to visit Dr. James Andrews this morning in Pensacola, Fla. His arthrogram and MRI showed nothing that would warrant surgery, according to Dr. Andrews, but what head athletic trainer Kevin Rand called “normal wear and tear.”

Basically, Rand said, whenever Bonderman tries to get extension on his arm, including reaching for more velocity, the arm starts to bark. It also happens after he starts to get tired.

“If it hadn’t happened after this start,” Rand said, “it would’ve happened one or two starts from now.”

So what next? Bonderman will fly to Pittsburgh this weekend and meet back up with the trainers so that they can get a training plan for him. He might also travel with the team to St. Louis next week. But he’s not doing anything extensive until they can get rid of the soreness in his shoulder.

It's official: Bondo to DL

The Tigers have placed Jeremy Bonderman on the 15-day disabled list Friday retroactive to June 9, for continued rehabilitation from thoracic outlet compression syndrome. Ryan Perry is indeed coming up from Triple-A Toledo.

Perry's return could mean DL for Bonderman

Ryan Perry’s trip to the Minor Leagues was apparently a short one. So, too, might be Jeremy Bonderman’s return to the Tigers.

Though Perry was scheduled to join the Mud Hens on Thursday for the start of their homestand, he had no sooner arrived before he was emptying his locker again and heading out, according to the Toledo Blade. He appears poised to rejoin the Tigers this weekend in Pittsburgh for their three-game series against the Pirates.

By rule, players who are optioned to the Minor Leagues can’t return to the Majors within 10 days unless they’re replacing a player who goes on the disabled list.

That’s where Bonderman could come into play. He hasn’t pitched since giving up six runs over four-plus innings in the second game of Monday’s day-night doubleheader against the White Sox, an outing that by manager Jim Leyland’s account was “not too good.”

Bonderman was in the bullpen for the remainder of the series, but wasn’t used. Every other pitcher in the Tigers bullpen entered one of Detroit’s final three games in the series. However, Bonderman said after Thursday’s series finale at U.S. Cellular Field that he was available to pitch and was fine.

Bonderman’s outing Monday was his first Major League appearance in more than a year. He missed most of last season with surgery to correct a blood vessel restriction in his shoulder, then spent this spring building up strength in his arm. He still isn’t at full velocity and might not be until next year. The question the Tigers have faced is whether he’s strong enough yet to pitch effectively.

Manager Jim Leyland said Wednesday that Bonderman would work out of the bullpen for now. Asked if Bonderman could be a reliever longer term, much like Nate Robertson has been for Detroit so far this season, Leyland didn’t think that would happen.

“I do not think that,” Leyland said Wednesday.

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