August 29th, 2009

Dontrelle to make rehab start for Hens Sunday

Dontrelle Willis, who has been working out with Triple-A Toledo for the past month or so, is scheduled to make a rehab start for the Mud Hens Sunday against Indianapolis, as first reported by the Toledo Blade’s John Wagner. It’ll be Willis’ second try at a return to action after going on the disabled list in June with anxiety disorder. His last rehab start August 19 was cut short in the second inning with soreness in his right hip.

The Mud Hens’ regular season schedule ends Sept. 7, so Willis likely has one more rehab start left after this.

Saturday: Tigers vs. Rays

The only left-handed bat in the lineup against Rays lefty David Price is Curtis Granderson. The right-handed bats include Magglio Ordonez, who makes his fifth consecutive start and his ninth in Detroit’s last 12 games. As Tom Gage wrote in the Detroit News this morning, his status for next year looks like less and less of a debate now. One big sign of that came last night after the Tigers pulled away early; Leyland kept Ordonez in the game until his fourth plate appearance of the night, then replaced him for defense with Clete Thomas in the eighth.


  1. Curtis Granderson, CF
  2. Placido Polanco, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Marcus Thames, DH
  6. Ryan Raburn, LF
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Gerald Laird, C
  9. Adam Everett, SS

P: Nate Robertson


  1. Jason Bartlett, SS
  2. Carl Crawford, LF
  3. Ben Zobrist, CF
  4. Pat Burrell, DH
  5. Carlos Pena, 1B
  6. Evan Longoria, 3B
  7. Gabe Kapler, RF
  8. Dioner Navarro, C
  9. Akinori Iwamura, 2B

P: David Price

HP: CB Bucknor
1B: Mike Everitt
2B: Brian Gorman
3B: Gerry Davis

Inge hits another homer for a kid

inge082809.jpgIf you had a chance to watch Brandon Inge tonight on his home run, there was more ink on his arms than just his new tattoos. He had the name Noah on his right forearm for a 5-year-old friend of his who’s battling cancer and just recently returned home from Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. You can kind of see Noah’s name on Inge’s arm on the photo to the right. (thanks to the AP for the photo)

“I visited him a couple times in the hospital,” Inge said. “He’s at his home at this point, so I went out there and visited him for about two hours today. He asked me the dreaded question: He asked me if I could hit a home run for him. I told him I would definitely do my best, see what I can do. And when the ball went over the fence, man, that was awesome. That was a special moment for me.

“He deserves it. He’s a good kid.”

You might remember Inge did something similar earlier this season for a kid named Tommy who had a heart transplant. He homered that night, too, so he has a pretty good record going.