September 24th, 2009

Seay to be examined Friday

The damage to Bobby Seay might’ve been more than just a couple hits. Manager Jim Leyland said they’ll have the lefty specialist checked out by a doctor after he complained of discomfort. Leyland referred to the collarbone. Seay didn’t know for sure, and didn’t want to comment until he was checked out, but he said in general that the problem was around the front of his shoulder.

Until they know the exact problem, there’s no telling how long Seay will be out. As the veteran left-hander in Detroit’s bullpen, he’s a huge loss, leaving rookie Fu-Te Ni as the only southpaw reliever. Ni has had his share of success against difficult left-handed hitters this season, and he could be called on for key situations this weekend.

Thursday: Tigers at Indians

As expected, Magglio is back in the lineup. Ramon Santiago gets another start at shortstop. Guillen, as expected, gets the start in left.

TIGERS

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

P: Justin Verlander

INDIANS

  1. Michael Brantley, LF
  2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
  3. Shin Soo Choo, RF
  4. Travis Hafner, DH
  5. Jhonny Peralta, 3B
  6. Luis Valbuena, SS
  7. Trevor Crowe, CF
  8. Andy Marte, 1B
  9. Wyatt Toregas, C

P: Carlos Carrasco

Bonderman's ninth-inning exit

Manager Jim Leyland sent Jeremy Bonderman out for the ninth inning with the idea of getting him some much-needed work to try to work on some things in a low-pressure setting. Three batters and a pair of one-out walks later, Bonderman was gone, replaced by lefty Fu-Te Ni to face left-handed hitter Travis Hafner.

Leyland said after the game that he wasn’t trying to send Bonderman a message about commanding the strike zone. Rather, he was trying to avoid a big hit from Hafner spurring a late rally.

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