August 12th, 2009

Zumaya to have surgery Aug. 21

Joel Zumaya is slated to have surgery August 21 to correct the bone shard from the stress fracture in his right shoulder. Dr. James Andrews will conduct the procedure at his offices in Pensacola, Fla.

Cabrera also out, Guillen at first

With everything else, I almost forgot to mention Miguel Cabrera’s status. His left hand is still sore, he said, and it’s in a soft brace. He indicated he’s still day-to-day. Carlos Guillen is making his first start at first base since April 23, 2008, before he and Cabrera switched places.


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

P: Zach Miner, and likely others


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

P: Josh Beckett

Porcello drops appeal

He will serve out his five-game suspension starting tonight. The fact that Armando Galarraga was scratched today means they can get through this stretch without needing another spot start, assuming Galarraga recovers in time to start later this week.

UPDATE: Galarraga will start Sunday against the Royals in Porcello’s place. Porcello will start next Tuesday against the Mariners.

Reaction to Porcello suspension

Not a whole lot of reaction to the five-game suspension handed down to Rick Porcello. Jim Leyland didn’t talk about it. Porcello was limited in his comments, for understandable reasons.

“I’ve never really been involved in anything like this,” Porcello said, “so I didn’t really know what to expect. Five games, file an appeal. Right now, there’s not much more to say.”

Asked about whether they can push the suspension back until the Tigers are in a better position to handle it — say, when rosters expand in September, or when Nate Robertson is closer to returning from his rehab stint — Porcello indicated he wasn’t thinking that far ahead.

“I think we’re just going play it day-by-day right now, and see how it goes,” Porcello said.

Kevin Youkilis also was suspended. He initially planned to appeal, but changed his mind after talking with the Red Sox.

“We decided to just take our medicine and move on,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

Jackson didn’t have much reaction to his fine, because he didn’t know about it. To be fair, it was a passing mention in the last sentence of the press release MLB sent out about it.

Said Jackson, “I got fined???”

Galarraga scratched; Miner to start

Armando Galarraga has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night against the Red Sox with flu-like symptoms.

Zach Miner, who was in the Tigers at the start of the season, will start in Galarraga’s place. Miner pitched two innings Monday, so it might well take two or three pitchers to fill the innings Galarraga would’ve covered.

Galarraga has been dealing with a sore throat and fever, among other symptoms, since before the Tigers arrived in town. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Wednesday that Galarraga hasn’t been able to hold down solid food for two days, sapping his energy level. He had been sent back to the team hotel the last two days to get his rest and keep his illness from spreading around the team.

Galarraga arrived in the Tigers clubhouse Wednesday afternoon, but clearly didn’t look well. He was scheduled to see a doctor later in the day.

This will be the second time in three years that Miner has made a spot start at Fenway Park. He was called up from Triple-A Toledo to start the first game of a day-night doubleheader in 2007 after scheduled starter Mike Maroth was scratched with food poisoning.

Miner owns a 5-2 record and 4.60 ERA in 33 games. In four starts, he’s 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA, pitching 19 innings with 23 hits allowed, 11 walks and 12 strikeouts.

Postscript from the fracas

Manager Jim Leyland wasn’t saying much after the game — on anything, really, but especially the second inning. Fortunately, the players were talking. Here’s a roundup of the reactions from the Tigers.

Starter Rick Porcello didn’t take questions on his role, but gave a general quote on his view of the situation:

“The only thing I have to say about tonight is that I was not intentionally throwing at Kevin Youkilis,” Porcello said. “That’s all I have to say. It was unintentional. There was nobody on. It’s a 3-0 game. I was not trying to hit him intentionally.”

Porcello didn’t say anything about his surprise that Youkilis charged him, but his expression when it happened said it all. The fact that catcher Alex Avila couldn’t get to him spoke to his surprise.

“Once it hit him,” Avila said, “I looked at him to see what he was going to do, and he kind of just stood there. I didn’t think he was going to charge. I reached back to get another ball, and he took off. I wasn’t able to get between him and Porcello, and Rick was more surprised than I was.”

Avila said it was supposed to be a sinker down and in.

Porcello also said he was unharmed in the pile. A good part of the credit for that should go to Brandon Inge, who tried to keep other players from piling on, and Gerald Laird, who pulled Porcello out.

“I was in there just trying to get to him and get him out,” Laird said. “You don’t want to see one of your stars get hurt. A lot of things can happen in a pile.”

Said Inge: “Basically, there were a couple people that jumped on top of me. I was on Youkilis. At that point, I was kind of wrapped up, trying to pull him off. Youkilis was kind of on top of Porcello, I was on Youkilis, someone else was on me, and they were piling on. I feared that we were going to crush Porcello, so I took my arms off of Youkilis and put my hands on the ground and try to hold the pile off the two of them.”

Laird not only came to Porcello’s defense physically, but also postgame.

“Miggy’s a big slugger in the middle of our lineup, and you’ve got to protect your sluggers,” Laird said. “Today, that wasn’t intentional, but that’s the second time they hit him, and they hit two guys yesterday. That’s just part of the game. I don’t think Ricky meant anything by the Youkilis thing, but the one in the first inning with Martinez, it’s just to show them. You’re gonna pitch inside, we’re gonna pitch inside. That’s just the way it is. It’s baseball, and today it just got a little out of hand.”