June 23rd, 2009

Inge's homer brings up a heartwarming tale

If you were watching the Tigers telecast tonight, you might have noticed what looked like a tattoo on Inge’s right arm. It was actually an autograph Inge got from a patient he visited at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, and it was quite a thrill for Tommy Schomaker and his family.

Schomaker, 8, was born with a heart condition and has had numerous surgeries since birth. He was on the list for a heart transplant around the time Inge visited the hospital a few weeks ago. Suddenly, doctors found a heart for him, and he was rushed into surgery. Unfortunately for him, it was right around the time Inge was visiting, and he really, really wanted to meet Inge, who agreed to stop by again to see him.

Inge visited the hospital again Tuesday and saw Schomaker, who’s apparently doing very well a few weeks since receiving his new heart. Inge was signing one autograph after another for him when Inge said he wanted his autograph on his arm, so that he could get it on TV. So Schomaker wrote his first name, Tommy, in big letters on Inge’s right arm, where he doesn’t wear any wristbands or anything. You can see part of it on the photo here.

Thanks to Inge’s home run, Tommy’s autograph got a lot of air time Tuesday. Inge didn’t promise a homer or anything, but it ended up being a nice bonus.

Magglio back in Tigers lineup

Jim Leyland’s gut told him to give Magglio Ordonez a shot against Carlos Zambrano, not that anyone else would have a great chance of hitting him anyway. He’s batting seventh and playing in right field.

“I’m not going to put any added pressure on him,” Leyland said, “just put him down there and see what happens. …

“I will say this: I labored over this [becuase of Zambrano].”

Leyland, having learned his lesson over using the word “indefinite” when he took Ordonez out of the lineup last week, wasn’t going to say anything about how long Ordonez would be in there, other than he wasn’t going to take him out if he had a bad game.

“Magglio’s playing tonight, and I’m going to try to get Magglio going,” Leyland said. “I’ll leave it at that.”


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

P: Jackson


  1. Alfonso Soriano, LF
  2. Ryan Theriot, SS
  3. Milton Bradley, RF
  4. Derrek Lee, 1B
  5. Micah Hoffpauir, DH
  6. Geovany Soto, C
  7. Kosuke Fukudome, CF
  8. Mike Fontenot, 3B
  9. Andres Blanco, 2B

P: Carlos Zambrano