May 14th, 2010

Friday: Tigers vs. Red Sox

No, Casper Wells is not in the lineup tonight. Given his .154 average against right-handed pitchers at Triple-A, that isn’t really a surprise. His .370 (10-for-27) performance off lefties would give him a better chance to play against Jon Lester tomorrow night, though manager Jim Leyland didn’t want to talk about the lineup.

It’s pretty much a standard lineup tonight. Gerald Laird gets the start to catch Max Scherzer, a pairing that has happened only once this season with less-than-great results.

TIGERS

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

P: Max Scherzer

RED SOX

  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
  3. Victor Martinez, C
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  5. J.D. Drew, RF
  6. David Ortiz, DH
  7. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  8. Jeremy Hermida, LF
  9. Darnell McDonald, CF

P: Clay Buchholz

Miner in Detroit for exam on elbow

Zach Miner was back in the Tigers clubhouse today, but as he admitted, it isnt under the best of circumstances. Hes scheduled to be examined by Dr. Stephen Lemos today after feeling some discomfort in his elbow yesterday during a two-inning performance in extended Spring Training. Not sure yet if its anything serious. He threw well yesterday, so it wouldnt seem to be anything devastating. Still, it could be the difference between Miner being on track for a rehab assignment soon and a setback that pushes back his rehab process into June.

Wells up for 2 days; Galarraga to start Sunday

The move is official: Casper Wells has been recalled from Triple-A Toledo, and Alfredo Figaro is headed back to the Hens. But Leyland also announced his next move coming Sunday: Wells will be optioned back to Toledo, and Armando Galarraga will be called up to start Sunday against the Red Sox. So unless there’s an injury that changes plans, Wells’ first big-league stint will be a short one.

Leyland did not get into what happens with Galarraga after Sunday. However, the Tigers won’t need an extra starter after that, since their five starters will be on short rest. Given that, plus the fact that Leyland doesn’t really want 13 pitchers on the staff unless the bullpen is really worn down, seemingly makes this a one-time outing for Galarraga.

Who comes back in his place? Interesting question. After double-checking on the rules, it appears the Tigers do NOT have to wait 10 days to recall Ryan Raburn, regardless of whether he’s replacing somebody on the disabled list. That seemingly could lead to Raburn’s return next week. After double-checking again, it appears the 10-day rule is still in effect, so the Tigers can’t recall Raburn until next Saturday. So we’re back to guessing who comes up again.

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