Spring opener: Sizemore sitting

The skies have cleared after an early-morning downpour here in Lakeland, so it looks like it’s game on for the Tigers’ Spring Training opener against Florida Southern. But the field is probably still wet enough — with the chance for more rain later today — that the Tigers are going to play it cautious with second baseman Scott Sizemore and his surgically repaired ankle.

Sizemore said his ankle is getting stronger, but admitted it was a little tender a couple days ago. Still, he said, it’s building in the right direction. It would be a surprise if he wasn’t in the lineup in the next few days.

Here’s the Tigers lineup:

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, LF
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, DH
  6. Kelly, 3B
  7. Laird, C
  8. Santiago, 2B
  9. Everett, SS

P: Phil Coke


I hope this is not the bottom of the order we have to get used to again.
JL, in his ST exhuberance, seems to think everybody looks good and Laird is gonna hit. I haven’t yet heard him come out and issue any platitudes about Everett hitting better this year or with more power. I bet he will though!
The bottom of the order will be a crucial area of concern for the Tigers this year. IF they perform even 15-20% better than last year then this team has a chance. Sizemore may help down there but I hope he is not to be another infielder in the long line of Tiger infielders who end up injured and forgotten. As high as they are (or is that misguided optimism?) on him I still think it is less than wise to have comimtted the job to him given his inexperience and physical condition. In fact I find it almost stupid. There is also the pressure factor to deal with as well as the fact they are doing the same thing with another rookie.
Ramon Santiago will get a lot of playing time this year–I hope he proves his critics wrong about being strong enough to play an extended season.

Oh, man. They’re probably out there on the field warming up. I’ve got spring fever real bad. The temps are in the 30’s here in MI and it feels like spring. This is the time when guys will show what they’ve got. Nobody plays too long, but they all get a chance.

My lineup concern is up top. Granted, nothing has played out yet, but my initial impression is that Damon should lead off. We need people on base for the 3-4-5 hitters and I wouldn’t want Johnny giving himself up. Jackson would have to be quite a prodigy to handle leadoff and I don’t see him that way. If you want a #2 type hitter, Santiago can handle that.
We’ve got an entire ST schedule to play, of course, but Leyland has this thing about getting an idea stuck in his head………….

dan_byrne: The Tigers are high on Sizemore and for good reason. He is ranked as a four star prospect(out of five) by baseball prospectus. While project prospect rankes him as the secound best secound base prospect in the league. So I would say he must be pretty good. Hopefully he can stay healthy and have a great year!

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