September 2nd, 2009

Granderson sits, Ramirez starts

With a left-hander on the mound and extra right-handed bats here thanks to the September call-ups, manager Jim Leyland took the opportunity to give Curtis Granderson the night off. Ryan Raburn started in center field, with Wilkin Ramirez getting the start in left. It sounds a lot like Aug. 4, when the Tigers called up Ramirez for a day and rested Granderson that night.

TIGERS

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

P: Rick Porcello

INDIANS

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  4. Jhonny Peralta, 3B
  5. Travis Hafner, DH
  6. Luis Valuena, 2B
  7. Andy Marte, 1B
  8. Michael Brantley, LF
  9. Wyatt Toregas, C

P: Aaron Laffey

Washburn downplays sore knee

Jarrod Washburn wasn’t saying much about the situation with his knee Wednesday after an online report Tuesday night said he was pitching through knee soreness.

Washburn acknowledged the issue, but said it’s in his left knee, not his right.

“I don’t think that’s new news,” said Washburn, who added that it’s the same thing he’s been dealing with for four months since early in the season with Seattle.

Indeed, Washburn had a start pushed back in late May after feeling tightness above his left knee in his previous outing. He has been wearing a brace every time he pitches since then. Teammate Mike Sweeney told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer back in June that the knee “is killing him,” that he could barely walk between starts, but he hasn’t shown any trouble like that since he’s been here. He has been walking like a normal 35-year-old. And he has no tests or anything else scheduled.

“It’s the same knee [as before],” Washburn said at his locker. “Other than that, I’m not talking about it.”

Washburn and manager Jim Leyland talked Wednesday before the game.

It probably wouldn’t have popped up an issue had Washburn not struggled for most of his starts since the July 31 trade.

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