Satterwhite update

Just talked with Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand about bullpen prospect Cody Satterwhite, who’s opening the season on the disabled list at Double-A Erie with a shoulder injury. Rand classified it as a posterior impingement in his shoulder, otherwise known as a rotator cuff injury.

Satterwhite met last Friday with Dr. James Andrews, who recommended a rehab program. He gave Satterwhite a cortisone injection in his shoulder and scheduled him to be re-examined in two weeks.

Satterwhite and Robbie Weinhardt are regarded as the two up-and-coming relief prospects in the upper levels of the Tigers system. Weinhardt will open the year at Triple-A Toledo after an impressive Spring Training. The hard-throwing Satterwhite, if healthy, will at least start the season with the SeaWolves, for whom he shared the team lead in saves last year.


For, lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of the singing of birds is come,
And the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
And Ernie has made it to another season.
Today is Opening Day and it’s time for a prediction. I can’t recall a Tigers team that is so difficult to assess as this one. The 2007 team lived up to my expectations until a bad August, and the 2008 team also lived up to my lack of expectations, although they went somewhat overboard in that regard. For 2009, I predicted 82 wins and that team won a few more close games than I’d thought they would. The 2010 squad is loaded with question marks, and I guess everyone knows where they are. I mean, we’re in the range of anything from 75 to 95 wins here.

Not only that, but it remains to be seen how the Twins will react to their new ballpark. The loss of Joe Nathan looms large, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to see them play over that. They’ve always got a pitcher in the wings, it seems. The White Sox have a good rotation, top to bottom, but will they score enough runs? Will Ozzie be a hinderance or a help this season? You can’t trust the Indians not to overachieve, at least for a long enough period to do some damage.

Because of the sheer number of Tiger questions, and the fact that Leyland is still the manager, I’m going to say 83-79. I always have to subtract some games because of JL’s managing style, and anything more than 83 wins is assuming that a lot of things go well. I certainly hope that’s the case.

I know some people accept nothing less than success, but from an old fan’s perspective, I just hope they stay in it and keep us involved in the developing story of 2010.


Inge is no 6 and Raburn won’t be able to perform miracles coming into games for a swing or two.

Wow. I think the bloggers on this site could be right about the 5 hole. How many walks will Cabrera have this year???

Is this going to be a season being haunted by ex Tigers – Polly 3 hits, 1 HR and 6 RBI’s.

Got to hand it to Inge – he might only get one hit a game but he rarely misses out twice when it counts.
The battle of the bullpen – JL has already changed his order going to Coke & Zoom first. With a day off, he can afford to use them all up.

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