Jarrod Washburn is a long shot at best to pitch again for
the Tigers this season, but he’s going to see where it leads.
Washburn, out since his troublesome left knee swelled up
on him in his last start Sept. 15, will be back in Detroit to rejoin the Tigers
Monday. He’ll begin what head athletic trainer Kevin Rand called an
“extensive rehab” program in hopes of getting back on the mound if the
Tigers need him.
By no means are the Tigers expecting him to be back. It’s
going to be a long process, and if he can pitch again, Rand said it would only
be “deep in the playoffs” if the Tigers get that far. But Washburn
has nothing to lose by trying, and even if it’s merely a chance, the chance to
contribute to the team that traded for him two months ago is enough for him to opt
against surgery for now to correct instability in the medial (inner) portion of
Washburn’s visit last week with orthopedic surgeon Dr.
Lewis Yocum confirmed the original diagnosis from team doctors. He was
presented with several options for how to treat the injury, including the rehab
course that could potentially get him in pitching shape before the end of the