July 3rd, 2010

Saturday: Cabrera returns to lineup

After getting a look-over from the Tigers medical staff, Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup. His lower back stiffness apparently was caused by a kidney infection, but a round of medication cleared it up. He’s batting cleanup and playing first base.

Johnny Damon isn’t in the lineup against Mariners left-hander Jason Vargas, and he won’t be in there Sunday against Cliff Lee, either. He’s fine, but Leyland wants to play the righty-lefty matchups. Ryan Raburn gets the start in left field Saturday. Magglio is the DH.

TIGERS

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

P: Justin Verlander

MARINERS

  1. Ichiro, RF
  2. Chone Figgins, 2B
  3. Milton Bradley, DH
  4. Jose Lopez, 3B
  5. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
  6. Casey Kotchman, 1B
  7. Josh Bard, C
  8. Michael Saunders, LF
  9. Jack Wilson, SS

P: Jason Vargas

Perry activated from DL; Fien optioned

The Tigers regained a crucial piece of their late-inning relief plan Saturday, when they activated setup man Ryan Perry from the 15-day disabled list.

Perry last pitched with the Tigers June 6 before being diagnosed with right shoulder bicipital tendinitis. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo a week ago, but his return took on added importance when Joel Zumaya suffered a season-ending fractured elbow last Monday at Minnesota. Manager Jim Leyland has made no secret that they need Perry back and soon, but also emphasized that they need Perry effective.

Perry protected a good share of leads in the eighth inning at the start of the year before command issues and consistency put his situation in a bit of flux. His perfect innings with two strikeout sfor Toledo Friday night went a long way towards restoring confidence; Perry threw nine of his 13 pitches for strikes and topped out at 96 mph on his fastball, according to reports.

For the year, the 23-year-old Perry owns a 1-4 record and 5.82 ERA, having allowed 22 hits over 21 2/3 innings with 12 walks and 18 strikeouts.

To make room on the Tigers roster, Detroit optioned right-hander Casey Fien to Triple-A Toledo. Fien, just recalled on Tuesday when Zumaya went on the DL, pitched two scoreless innings against the Twins on Wednesday afternoon. allowed an unearned run on one hit in 3 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out four.

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