July 6th, 2009

Figaro placed on 15-day DL

Remember when the Tigers sent down Alfredo Figaro last week and replaced him with Luke French? Well, turns out Figaro had a sprained right wrist. So today, the Tigers voided the option of Figaro and placed him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 28. He’ll be eligible to come off the DL in a week.

Monday's lineup: Tigers at Royals

Magglio is back in the lineup against KC starter Gil Meche, whom he has hit for a .310 average (10-for-31) over his career.

TIGERS

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

P: Armando Galarraga

ROYALS

  1. David DeJesus, LF
  2. Willie Bloomquist, SS
  3. Billy Butler, 1B
  4. Mark Teahen, 3B
  5. Jose Guillen, RF
  6. Mike Jacobs, DH
  7. Alberto Callaspo, 2B
  8. Miguel Olivo, C
  9. Mitch Maier, CF

P: Gil Meche

Tigers to skip Porcello's spot

With an off-day coming up Thursday and the All-Star break next week, the Tigers are skipping Rick Porcello in the rotation until after the break. It’s a pretty easy way to limit his innings heading into the season’s second half (he’s currently at 87).

“We always said all along we were going to pick our spots to protect him,” manager Jim Leyland said. “It has nothing to do with yesterday’s performance, I can tell you that. … To be honest with you, I’m sure he doesn’t like it, but it’s what we’re going to do to protect him.”

This way, they can protect him quite a bit. There’s an extra off-day for the Tigers out of the break, so they won’t start their second half until next Friday. Add in a scheduled off-day the following Monday, and the Tigers could conceivably rest Porcello until their doubleheader against the White Sox July 24 at Comerica Park.

Thus, rotation for the upcoming series against Cleveland will send Edwin Jackson to the mound Friday, Armando Galarraga Saturday and Justin Verlander Sunday. That should not have an impact on Verlander’s availability for the All-Star Game. Tuesday would fall on the normal day for Verlander to throw a side session between starts anyway, an inning or two of work in a game should replace the session.

Inge second in early Final Vote results

The first round of daily All-Star Final Vote results is in, and Brandon Inge is a close second behind Texas’ Ian Kinsler in the AL balloting. Considering the Rangers were on national television Sunday night with their ESPN game against the Rays, that isn’t too bad.

The Tigers are making a big push to drum up support at Comerica Park during the upcoming series against the Royals. For fans who come to the games, they have a table set up on the concourse. Vote there, and you’ll get an Inge poster. Anyone who votes Inge on tigers.com is also automatically entered in a drawing for an autographed Inge bat.

As a reminder, you can vote as many times as you like at MLB.com and tigers.com. If you have a phone on the Sprint, Nextel or Boost networks, you can also vote that way. To receive the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote mobile ballot text the word “VOTE” to 1122. To vote for a specific player, simply text message your choice to 1122. EXAMPLE: Text “A3″ to vote for AL Player 3 or “N3″ to vote for NL Player 3. Standard rate messaging fees also may apply; check with your carrier. Mobile voting in Canada is open to all carriers; fans should text their choices to 88555.

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