Robertson set for Thursday
Manager Jim Leyland announced today that Nate Robertson
indeed will start Thursday, as expected. That slot was listed as TBA as
recently as this morning.
Robertson threw a side session yesterday in preparation for
that report, and with Armando Galarraga starting Friday for Triple-A Toledo and
Eddie Bonine ticketed for relief work, there weren’t really any other internal
options except maybe Zach Miner.
Robertson threw 70 pitches his last time out, so if you
expand that out by 10-15 pitches — which teams usually do with pitchers during
rehab assignments — that would put Robertson’s pitch count around 80-85
“I hope he can throw 80-85,” manager Jim Leyland
said, “but that will depend on the results. We have some extra ammo now
[with three September call-ups in the bullpen].”