August 13th, 2009

Bonine called up, Dolsi sent back

Eddie Bonine is headed back to join the Tigers again, having been recalled from Triple-A Toledo. He’ll be there Friday for the start of the homestand. Freddy Dolsi was optioned back to the Mud Hens.

As long as Armando Galarraga is fine, Bonine will pitch out of the bullpen, as he did as the start of the season. That isn’t certain yet, and if Galarraga is still iffy for Sunday, it could get tricky for the Tigers. If they have to use Bonine on Friday, though, they could still go to Miner on Sunday if need be.

Cabrera back in lineup, Inge rests

Miguel Cabrera isn’t exactly back to full health in his left hand, but he’s good enough to swing a bat, so he’s back in the lineup at first base. We’ll see if he can swing with authority, which Cabrera said yesterday was a concern.

Meanwhile, Brandon Inge is getting a day off.

“I need to get him away from it,” Leyland said. “He’s hurting. That’s just the way it is.”

It isn’t that Inge has necessarily aggravated his left knee tendinitis, but it’s bothering him. Because of that, Leyland expects he’s going to give Inge a day off now and then for the rest of the season. But also, when Leyland has said in the past that he needs to get a player “away from it,” it usually means that they’re pressing.


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

P: Justin Verlander


  1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
  2. Josh Reddick, RF
  3. Victor Martinez, C
  4. Jason Bay, LF
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Mike Lowell, 3B
  7. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  8. Nick Green, SS
  9. Chris Woodward, 2B

P: Clay Buchholz

Leyland critiques approach

Manager Jim Leyland gave credit to Josh Beckett for his 14th win of the year Wednesday, but he also took exception with some of the patience displayed by his club. He suggested they took too many first pitches from Beckett, who threw first-pitch strikes to 19 of the 24 batters he faced.

“That just makes it easy for him,” Leyland said. “I know how good he is. I know it’s not that easy. But for you to get a guy like him, he basically is going to come right at you. He has very good stuff, and then, he’s a very intelligent pitcher. He’s going to come at you, and if he can get you to stand there and take a strike-one fastball, that’s really playing into his hand.”

He pointed to Carlos Guillen hitting a first-pitch fastball in the fifth for his home run.