September 2009

Washburn update

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
the knee.

 

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
postseason.

Sunday: Tigers at White Sox

Clete Thomas gets the start in right field, batting third. Magglio gets the day off.

TIGERS

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

P: Edwin Jackson

WHITE SOX

  1. Scott Podsednik, CF
  2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
  3. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  4. Jermaine Dye, DH
  5. Mark Kotsay, 1B
  6. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  7. Carlos Quentin, LF
  8. Chris Getz, 2B
  9. Alex Rios, RF

P: Daniel Hudson

Saturday: Tigers at White Sox

Nothing fancy here. You can really see Leyland settling in with his veterans for the final days of the regular season.

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. Everett, SS

P: Nate Robertson

WHITE SOX

  1. Scott Podsednik, DH
  2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
  3. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Jermaine Dye, RF
  6. Carlos Quentin, LF
  7. Alex Rios, CF
  8. Jayson Nix, 2B
  9. Ramon Castro, C

P: Freddy Garcia

Seay expects to be ready Monday

Bobby Seay felt a little bit better again Saturday and was able to work out as he tries to work his way back from a left pectoral strain. He hopes to play catch Sunday and then be ready out of the bullpen Monday for the series opener against the Twins. Jim Leyland, too, sounded optimistic they’ll have him back then.

Seay out through weekend

UPDATE POSTGAME: Seay was at the park Friday night. He said after the game that he’s “shooting for Monday” as far as when he wants to be back and ready. He’ll try to work out Saturday.

Bobby Seay will be out through the weekend series against the White Sox with what the club is calling a mild strain of his minor pectoral muscle. He underwent an MRI today in Detroit which showed no major damage.

Friday: Tigers at White Sox

Jim Leyland talked earlier this week about playing Alex Avila at some point this weekend in Chicago, and he seemed to be leaning towards doing it with Eddie Bonine pitching, since they worked with each other at Triple-A Toledo. As expected, Avila is catching Bonine. I would expect Laird will catch Saturday and Sunday for Nate Robertson and Edwin Jackson.

Placido Polanco is the only Tiger who has hit Peavy well (5-for-10) over his career, so matchups aren’t coming into play here. Miguel Cabrera is 2-for-17 against him.

TIGERS

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

P: Eddie Bonine

WHITE SOX

  1. Scott Podsednik, LF
  2. Gordon Beckham, 3B
  3. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  6. Jermaine Dye, RF
  7. Carlos Quentin, DH
  8. Chris Getz, 2B
  9. Alex Rios, CF

P: Jake Peavy

Tigers add Rapada to active roster

No word yet on Bobby Seay, and we probably won’t have any until the clubhouse opens up later today, but take this for what you will: Lefty reliever Clay Rapada, who spent almost the entire season at Triple-A Toledo, will join the team tonight in Chicago.

Rapada was not among the Tigers’ September call-ups despite posting a 2.76 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 45 2/3 innings with the Mud Hens, where the sidearming southpaw owned a 4-2 record. He made two appearances with the Tigers in late April and early May.

Rapada hasn’t pitched in a game since Sept. 4, so I don’t know when he would be game ready. He might only be here to be available in an emergency, since the Tigers were already short a reliever while Armando Galarraga tries to get back to relief ready. Or he  might be here in case the Tigers get some bad news on Seay.

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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