Damon not in lineup for Tigers vs. Yankees

It’s a day for reunions here in Lakeland with Curtis Granderson and Johnny Damon against their old clubs. For that matter, it’s also Austin Jackson against his old club. But Damon is not in the starting lineup. He has turf toe in his left big toe, which he said he got from working out at home, but supposedly it’s nothing serious. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Damon received treatment and was much improved, but they wanted to sit him as a precaution. They didn’t want him trying to compensate for the injury and then tweaking something else.

“If it was regular season, I’d be in there,” Damon said. “But it’s not, so …”

Damon is listed on the travel roster going to Clearwater for Thursday’s game against the Phillies, so we’ll see if it’s a lingering concern.

Magglio Ordonez is also out of the lineup. He had a muscle tweak behind his left knee that he suffered in the outfield yesterday against the Nationals. Like Damon, Magglio said he’d be playing if it was regular season.

You’ll also note that Scott Sizemore is back in the lineup after being scratched yesterday in Viera with a sore ankle. Also notable is Jeff Larish’s start at third base.


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Raburn, RF
  3. Strieby, 1B
  4. Cabrera, DH
  5. Guillen, LF
  6. Laird, C
  7. Larish, 3B
  8. Sizemore, 2B
  9. Everett, SS


We need to see something out of Larish. Since he is not on the 40-man roster, does that mean we can send him to Toledo without passing him through waivers if he does not make the club?

Larish has already cleared waivers when he was taken off the 40 man roster. He can be assigned to Toledo without going through waivers. If he was to make the team, someone would have to be removed from the roster. Larish is the forgotten man this camp and seems to have no chance making the team out of camp barring an injury.

I think Jeff is done as a Tiger. They did give him a chance. I expect he is being showcased now and would not be surprised to see him packaged in a trade.
Jacob Turner just struck out the side in his debut. I think he fanned Tiexiera with the bases loaded!.

His ball must be moving with 2 walks, a hit batter and 3K’s. Rich will give us the in person update of how he looked.

Miner just seems like he can vever pull it all together. He is on the verge of being a very dependable pitcher but just can’t seem to get there.
I think our bench will be (barring a trade):

78 degrees! I don’t remember what that feels like, although it is 60 today in Indiana.

What is wrong with this time stamp? They maybe should have worked on that in the offseason.

Hey Beck, before spring games started it was reported that Leyland was going to have his hitters take a 2 strike approach at the plate in a few games. Obviously he wouldn’t announce which games ahead of time, but has he mentioned anything in any postgame interviews? I’d be curious to see if there is a statistical difference.

He hasn’t said anything about it lately.

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