Washburn to be skipped, Galarraga to start

After Jarrod Washburn and Jim Leyland met to discuss his achy left knee, they agreed to have him skip a start. It isn’t going to be a cure for his knee, they both agreed, but Washburn said it helped him when they skipped him a turn in Seattle back in May.

“I got skipped once earlier in Seattle, and it quieted it down a little bit, so that the pain level was tolerable,” Washburn said. “So we decided to give it another try.”

It didn’t make the problem go away, Washburn said, but it made the pain more tolerable.

“Any doctor that’s seen it told me there’s probably some cartilage damage in there,” Washburn said, “so it’s probably not going to go away.”

So he’s scheduled to skip Saturday and start instead next Thursday, Sept. 10 at Kansas City. Washburn also took an anti-inflammatory shot in the knee Wednesday.

Taking his place Saturday will be Armando Galarraga, who was originally scheduled to make a start Friday for Triple-A Toledo. He’ll instead be recalled Saturday.

32 Comments

You’re going to want at least a 3-3 road trip. 1-2 in TB and 2-3 in KC accomplishes that. If the Twins can do 4-3 or better in their Cleveland/Toronto trip, more power to ‘em. I don’t think they can.
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–Rich

The key to beating Carmona is recognizing and laying off his erratic stuff. And not for just the first couple of innings, but the entire time he’s out there. We’ll have to display uncharacteristic patience and get into good hitter’s counts. There’s a reason he seems to do so well against us.
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–Rich

Hmmm. Polanco is being sat out. I guess the day game and the fact he has hit under .200 vs Carmona means Everett gets to lend his bat against the RHP. Ramon is at 2nd today.
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I don’t have much confidence in Everett’s hitting ability but he does seem to be hitting the ball harder lately.
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Inge in and we have our LHB .250 hitting outfielders batting 1-2-3 in the order. Huff at DH.

Huff hitting the ball better but if he is to power hit well at Comerica he will have to stay away from CF

Tough Aflac question but I would bet Uggla is close.

Is this offense going to wake up today? They really need to support the pitching effort. Tough loss to take if it goes that way. Can’t believe our guys can’t work Carmona better than they are doing.

This umpire is terrible. We’ve had trouble with him before.
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–Rich

Carmona is a lot better today than he usually is, plus he’s getting some help from the umpire at key moments. Some of our ABs have been bad, some good. Guillen got robbed on that call in the 5th with two on.
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–Rich

Clutch at bats by Everett, Granderson and especially Clete.
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Finally, they forced the issue by becoming patient. Nothing else Carmona could but serve one up after not being able to throw strikes.

Followed by bad ABs by Raburn and Ordonez. Particularly Raburn.
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Hopefully the bullpen can hold this.

I hope Perry can throw strikes because the last guy I want to see brought in here in the late innings is Miner.

This is a real big test for NI. His numbers have been very good but not often is he called in this late in the game and in such a close one.
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Raburn is a real adventure out there ain’t he? He is definitely not what I would call a very consistent ballplayer.

Put the blame where it belongs on the manager, Leyland needs to go!

The big “blow” was Carroll’s dribbler. The funny thing is that JL uses Raburn as a defensive replacement.
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Nate pitched VERY well today.
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–Rich

Leyland blew it with managing the bench and the bullpen..
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Why is he using Perry, and Ni, in the 8th inning in a save situation? Instead of Lyon, Seay, he tries to use two rookies to get the 3 outs… It’s not like the 1 inning between the two would have worn them down.. yeah they pitched last night, so did rodney but you would have seen him in there anyways if they had gotten it to the 9th..
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I also think he blew it pinch hitting raburn and magglio.. i would have went with magglio, then thames. When i think sac fly, raburn is not at the top of the list.

That guy would have walked every hitter he saw in the 8th, but we managed to go three up three down. That may be the single worst inning I’ve seen this year. And you never greenlight Inge on 3-0, never. Not him.
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–Rich

Raburn, if they are to lose this game, is a huge goat. Striking out with that man on 3rd was something he has done all too often. Also swang at at least one pitch out of the strike zone and refused to shorten his swing with 2 strikes. Then he follows it up by butchering that soft line drive. Don’t know if they gave him an error on that but they should have for letting it get past him. Had he played it as a single i’m not so sure the inning would have resulted quite the way it did. Bad plays change the “feel” of the game for both sides.
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JL can’t be deluded into thinking that Raburn is going to be a defensive upgrade over anybody out there.

Yeah–Polanco just refuses to walk. He is such a good 2 strike hitter he could afford to take a 3-1 pitch. I believe his lazy flyout was on a bad pitch.

Looks like we’re conspiring to lose this one. Manager and players alike.
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–Rich

Bad feeling about Grady this inning.

Whew! He had me scared–wonder when they are gonna put big Plonk up?

Well we did get the Miner Miracle. It is now time for Raburn to make up for his last AB. He will likely be going for the downs but it would be nice to see him just get a lousy single.
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MCab needs to join the walk-off HR parade!!

Raburn did come thru. Cleveland is very wise to set up this DP situation for Maggs.
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I’d like to see someone get a bunt down here but let’s just be happy with a smart AB

thank goodness.. that sac fly didn’t look very deep on gamecast..

Kudos to Raburn, Ordonez, Miner and Polanco.
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Raburn did pick himself up.

I wish Raburn and others would take note of how Polly got that sac fly. You don’t swing hard, harder, and hardest, you get a low pitch and golf it out there, nice and easy. Polly did that with one hand.
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The game shouldn’t have been that tough, but again, a win is a win at this point. Good job by Miner. Both he and Leyland would have been skewered if it had gone bad.
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That’s a five game lead and three more days off the calendar.
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–Rich

Magic #= 25.
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If we got 15 and 14, Twins would have to go 20-9 to catch us.

I’m getting a good laugh reading the posts for today’s game. I decided to sit by the pool where I live and listen to the game on the radio, which was wonderful, btw. Dan and Jim made me feel like I was watching every play. Of course, I was dismayed when we failed to get runners on base in to score, I still felt pretty comfortable that we would win. Well, then all hell breaks loose, and there we are with a tied game. Bases loaded, no outs, was a no brainer. The Tigers weren’t gonna lose this one. The only thing that really got on my nerves was their at-bats. I kept thinking they were in a rush to get to Tampa. But, we prevailed.

Well………..other than the “Leyland needs to go” thing, I thought the posts were pretty good. He COULD have used Lyon or Seay but he didn’t want to. It was a good test for Ni, and with any luck he should have gotten out of that inning. Miner’s danger point is his first inning of work. After that, he’s about as good as anyone else you put out there. I still think Raburn as a defensive replacement is a joke. If they’d wanted a real defensive outfielder, they’d have brought Clevlen up.
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I like Dickerson and Price. Price doesn’t sugarcoat things like Rod Allen does, although Rod has a lot of knowledge and you can learn a lot by listening to him.
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Is it magic number time already? Don’t know about that……..
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–Rich

Didn’t see the game – only on my phone so cannot comment on the play or lack there of by Raburn in the eighth. But as far as pinch hitting him, Raburn actually in the last month although he has not gotten a great opportunity to hit has an above .300 batting average – one of the top 4 on the team? So although he may have screwed up defensively (which it sounds like) he is one of the hitters you can count on right now. And there in the tenth he gets a double.
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Nate must feel good about himself. Granted it is the Cleveland Indians, but still he made the pitches that he needed to. He must feel like 2006 -2007 when he would pitch his tail off and the pen would blow it? All in all though he deserved the win and should be real happy and proud of himself. I guess that next up for him will be KC.
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Going to watch the game tonight.
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GO TIGERS
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GK

Poor Rayburn! Skewered about as much as Leyland and Inge!
Guy doesn’t have a chance on this blog. Actually, I think Leyland was looking forward to the weekend series with the Rays in how he used the pen. Just my thought. The Tigers sweep the Tribe, and some people are still not happy. The Tigers are beginning the “spacing phase” of a long season.
Each game with first and second is has a great impact on the standings. Go Indians!

Greg

Everyone in Tigerworld is feeling pretty good after a 5-2 homestand and another couple of close scrapes going our way. The Tigs know how to win and are now 43-27 for 2 run close games. The real fun part has been the way clutch performances have been spread right across the roster and more often than not from the lesser lights.
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Polly sure is Mr Dependable – the team glue holding it all together.
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The luxury of having starting and bullpen options is paying dividends with pitchers not being forced to play thru minor injuries. Nate looks like he wound more than a few years off the clock following his operation.
Sure some may try to pitch injured (Jarrod, Zoom??) either seeing it as the norm or trying to keep a roster spot. Do the pitchers have regular weekly/fortnightly medical checkups?
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The Rays home dome record is the equal of ours and the series is the final potential hiccup before the division showdown series from 18 September. Nice to be 30-20 for Central games but we are 4-7 against the Twinkies. At least Chisox is proving beatable with our 7-5 record likely to be the key for our season.

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