September 18th, 2009

Division Series tickets go on sale Tuesday

The Tigers will put single-game tickets for potential American League Division Series contests on sale Tuesday by phone and online beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

Those tickets will only be available online at tigers.com or by phone at 866-66-TIGER. No tickets willl be sold at the Comerica Park box office. Ticket orders are limited to four tickets per customer, per game.

If the Tigers make the postseason, they’ll likely host Games 3 and 4 (if necessary) of a Division Series, probably against the Yankees. Those games would take place Sunday and Monday, Oct. 11-12.

The Tigers are still offering the opportunity to purchase tickets for all 2009 postseason games for fans who place a deposit on 2010 full-season tickets.

Leyland: Guillen won't start against lefties

Tigers left fielder Carlos Guillen took more right-handed swings during pregame batting practice Friday at the Metrodome, but manager Jim Leyland indicated it isn’t going to earn him a place in Detroit’s starting lineup against left-handed pitchers.

Guillen, a switch-hitter whose injured right shoulder limited him to swinging left-handed since coming  off the disabled list July 24, surprised many when he batted right-handed Thursday afternoon against Royals lefty Bruce Chen, who had just relieved right-handed starter Zack Greinke. Guillen fouled out to first, but said he felt comfortable swinging and could do it every day.

Leyland did not start Guillen Friday against Twins left-hander Brian Duensing, and said he won’t start Guillen against any left-hander.

“That sounds good in the newspaper: ‘I can hit left-handers,'” Leyland said. “Does that mean I’m supposed to play him against left-handers? He’s had one [right-handed] at-bat in three months against a left-hander, and now I’m supposed to play him [against lefties] down the stretch? No, that’s not going to happen. … He will not start against left-handed pitching.”

What might happen, Leyland said, is that he stays in the lineup when a left-handed reliever comes in.

Washburn to visit Dr. Yocum to check out knee

Tigers left-hander Jarrod Washburn will visit renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum Tuesday in southern California for a closer look at the troublesome left knee that has knocked him out of action and possibly ended his season.

Washburn was not seen with the team Friday for the Tigers’ series opener against the Twins. head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Washburn has been completely shut down from pitching activity for now until he can see Dr. Yocum, who has worked with Washburn since his younger years pitching for the Angels.

Rand said the Tigers medical staff has been consulting with Dr. Yocum on test results and other information, since he knows more about the history of Washburn’s knee. So far, tests have shown no cartilage damage, and he has been diagnosed with instability in the inner part of the knee stemming from an old ACL injury.

Washburn and the medical staff had hoped to find a way to reduce the pain and swelling in his knee enough to get him back on the mound. As Washburn’s lone inning of work Tuesday showed, however, that’s easier said than done.

Though Washburn’s knee has bothered him for most of the season, dating back to early in the year with Seattle, he was able to pitch through it into July. Except for one or two starts, however, the veteran left-hander has been ineffective since joining the Tigers in a July 31 trade.

The Tigers hoped skipping him for a start earlier this month would help, since it did the trick in Seattle in May. However, Washburn said his knee felt no better when he returned Sept. 10 at Kansas City. Worse, it began to swell on him as soon as he warmed up for his start last Tuesday against the Royals at Comerica Park. Manager Jim Leyland and Rand decided to pull him when he was noticeably hobbled during a four-run first inning that night.

Look for more on the blog next week.

Friday: Tigers at Twins

Lineups are in early tonight. Though Carlos Guillen seemed to believe he can bat right-handed every day if need be after facing Bruce Chen Thursday, Jim Leyland isn’t going to start him just yet. The lineup against Brian Duensing is the Tigers’ usual lineup aganinst lefties.

TIGERS

  1. Raburn, LF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Thames, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Granderson, CF
  8. Laird, C
  9. Everett, SS

P: Rick Porcello

TWINS

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Jason Kubel, RF
  5. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  6. Delmon Young, LF
  7. Jose Morales, DH
  8. Matt Tolbert, 3B
  9. Nick Punto, 2B

P: Brian Duensing

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