March 9th, 2010
Rookie second baseman Scott Sizemore got an unplanned day off Tuesday when he was a late scratch from the Tigers starting lineup. Manager Jim Leyland said Sizemore had soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle, so Leyland scratched him from the lineup as a precaution. Brent Dlugach started in his place.
Sizemore said a few days ago that his ankle was a little bit sore when he was making the turn on the bases, but that it’s very minor.
UPDATE: Sizemore said the ankle just felt a little weak today, but gave no indication Tuesday that it’s a serious issue.
“No one wants to come out of the game or take themselves out of the lineup when it comes to stuff like that,” he said, “but there are some times when it’s better not to play through it. That’s what happened with my hand. It was bothering me in 2008. I tried to play through it, and I ended up costing myself the rest of the season. That’s one thing I don’t ever want to do again. I’m going to try to be as smart as I can with my body and try to get the most.”
Sizemore expects to play Wednesday against the Yankees. He said the last time he was rested, which was lasted Friday, he “felt like a million bucks” the next day.
The Tigers made their first roster cuts of camp Tuesday morning by assigning catchers John Murrian and Eric Roof to Minor League camp.
Both players were part of the catching contingent the Tigers brought into camp to help catch bullpen sessions for the many pitchers they brought to Spring Training.
The 23-year-old Roof is the son of Tigers instructor Gene Roof. He appeared in two official games this spring and had one at-bat. Detroit selected him in the 18th round of last summer’s First-Year Player Draft.
The 21-year-old Murrian did not appear in a Spring Training game. He was Detroit’s ninth-round pick last summer. He and Roof will both be starting their first full pro seasons; they both spent last summer at short-season Class A Oneonta.
The moves reduce Detroit’s Spring Training roster to 51 players.