August 25th, 2009
Not much of a change in the lineup save for Alex Avila behind the plate. That has nothing to do with last night. Instead, it’s a matter of Avila having worked with Washburn and getting him in against the right-hander John Lackey. Gerald Laird will be back at catcher Wednesday against lefty Joe Saunders.
- Granderson, CF
- Polanco, 2B
- Ordonez, RF
- Cabrera, 1B
- Huff, DH
- Guillen, LF
- Avila, C
- Inge, 3B
- Santiago, SS
P: Jarrod Washburn
UPDATED @ 5:25 PT: If you were looking ahead to Jeff Larish returning to Detroit for a September call-up and a lefty power bat off the bench for the Tigers, well, it won’t be happening. In case you missed it, John Wagner of The Blade in Toledo had the scoop this morning that Larish will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist and hand:
Larish, who had been playing with a wrist injury
before injuring his hand during the team’s series in Columbus, will
leave the team today.
Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand confirmed the surgery, which will be on Larish’s wrist. It’ll be performed in Arizona by Dr. Donald Sheridan, who performed a previous wrist surgery on Larish. They don’t know the extent of the injury yet, but even if it isn’t severe, he won’t have enough time left in the season to get back to action.
Rand said Larish had the injury checked out around the All-Star break in mid-July (the breaks run concurrently between Triple-A and the Majors) but nothing at that point suggested surgery. He played through it and obviously suffered — a .247 average after the break, just .185 in August and a 5-for-36 skid over his final 10 games.
The timetable for a return won’t be known until they figure out what’s wrong in there, so there’s no certainty yet whether this affects any offseason plans. He played an awful lot last offseason between the Arizona Fall League and winter ball, trying to get back up to speed at third base.
Rosters were released today for the Arizona Fall League, and the Tigers will have six prospects playing for longtime Tigers coach/instructor Kevin Bradshaw with the Peoria Javelinas. Thad Weber, fresh off his no-hitter last week for Double-A Erie, will join relievers Robbie Weinhardt and Cody Satterwhite on the Peoria pitching staff. On the positional side, Ryan Strieby will take his hot bat to Arizona to continue his work in the outfield, while second baseman Scott Sizemore will head back to the AFL for a repeat campaign and shortstop Cale Iorg will join him.
It’s an interesting group, because you can look at almost all these guys as having a chance to contribute in Detroit at some point next year.