Ordonez, Guillen heading to DL

UPDATE: Another source confirms Blade report: Larish and Rhymes are heading to Detroit.

Late news from Detroit and Toledo is that Carlos Guillen will join Magglio Ordonez on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning. With Guillen’s right calf strain and the Tigers already short-handed, they couldn’t wait it out. Ordonez is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with a broken right ankle.

According to the Toledo Blade, the Tigers will purchase the contracts of slugging corner infielder Jeff Larish and second baseman Will Rhymes from the Mud Hens on Sunday. Both were supposedly informed of the moves after the game. Neither is on the 40-man roster, so the Tigers will have to make some moves.

The 27-year-old Larish, a Tiger for parts of the last two seasons before being taken off the 40-man roster over the offseason, is batting .275 with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs for the Hens. He can play third base, has been there much of the season for the Hens, and probably will get some time there in Detroit now with Sizemore still being treated cautiously with his hip injury.

Plus, plain and simple, Larish is a left-handed power hitter. If he’s right, he has a chance to be a run producer, and the Tigers desperately need some of that with Ordonez out.

Rhymes, also 27, has never been in the Majors, but he has hit his way to the cusp of the big leagues this season. His .304 batting average ranks fifth in the International League to go with a league-high six triples, 19 doubles, 34 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He has a chance to play a bigger role than one might expect in Detroit.

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I had been wondering for a few months how the heck Rhymes was ever going to make it being under 6′, too far down the 2B pecking order and not being tried at SS or 3B in place of Dlugach and Larish.
This latest muscle strain should finally end Carlos’s FT defensive role when he makes it back.
Having kept Larish at 3B all season, they really had no choice. Jeff having been on the outer has nothing to lose and I think is going to surprise.
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I hope DD now wears two trade hats – acquiring primarily an experienced starting pitcher followed by a distant second for an offensive infielder which if not successful can come season end.
DD should also now be ruthless and trade players on the 25 that just don’t cut a team seriously trying to contend. For me, the hardest decision is Damon who has been a great team influence and will be needed even more as the team gets younger, speedier but less experienced. His .374 OBP, second highest runs scored and ability to deliver down the stretch to me is a wise $8m investment now that Maggs and his $15m is unlikely to be renegotiated.
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Whatever happens it is sure going to be an interesting ride the next few months.

Jason, is there a limit to how many guys you can have on he 60-day DL before they start counting against the 40-man roster? If no, I would assume Clete Thomas would be moved to 60-day DL, and I don’t understand why he wouldn’t have been already. Other than that, Buckner seems the most obvious choice to remove from the 40-man…they took a flier on him and it hasn’t panned out, but it didn’t pan out for Arizona with Willis, so nothing lost there. They might even be able to retain him if no one claims him and they still want to keep him.
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I am happy that Larish will get another chance to see if he can at least develop into a useful reserve. Also happy that Rhymes will get a chance to play, and I assume he will see a fair number of at-bats in a rotation with Worth and Santiago. He doesn’t strike out much, seems to be able to hit lefties and righties and has some speed. At least it will be interesting to see yet another rookie give it a shot for the Tigers this year…really makes following the minor league boxscores on a daily basis more fun when these guys actually get called up!

Just read my posts. I really am sorry for their illegibility. Sometimes I post with the laptop and no light. Different keyboard and lack of light leads to some pretty cryptic posts..
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Not sure why the BLOG has been out of sequence but I posted my stuff quite a while ago and before other posts that appeared before them. A real quirk in the system.
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The whole season has changed tonight. Guillen’s injury was as predictable as rain. Ordonez’s maybe should have been, as I think he was hobbled by a bad ankle to begin with. Why were they playing him if he was that fragile?
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The upside is that DD has to actually do something to change 3 of the positions that were doomed anyway.
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Guillen, Maggs and Inge had no real potential for signifcant contributions next year. Inge had to go, Guillen was destined for a DFA or release and Maggs was a possible DH at best.
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Now DD has to get to work and figure out some creative solutions for the short and long term.
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Many people will marvel at Carlos’ behind the back flip. IMO it was showboating. He feels he needs to show some wow factor because he knows his time is pretty much over. I think if he would have opted for a conventional toss to Worth they may have gotten more out of that play. As pretty to watch as it was it did draw Worth off the bag and away from his momentum to make a throw to 1st.
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My big beef with the Tigers is their insistence that it is OK to employ brontosaurus like baserunners. Until we field a team that ca run significantly better we will continue to stagnate on the bases and strand runners in scoring position.
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Larish and Rhymes?
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Larish should have been called before Sizemore. Now we have 2 2nd baseman and 2 LHB 3rd baseman. We’re flaling and making bizarre decisons on call-ups. With Ordone out this might have been a time to bring up a big RHB. Ramirez, Wells or Strieby.
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I would be surprised if Bautista or Lowell didn’t end up here now. DD likes recycling in the middle of the year. Both of them have potential to help this year and would not likely project any further than 2010.
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We now have Rhymes, Raburn, Larish, Worth, Santiago, Kelly and Sizemore as our infielders. They have produced less than a handful of homers in the bigs this year. If JL was concerned about power production from his infield then that combination is very unlikely to satisfy the demand. Contrast that with power houses like the Yanks the Jays and the Bosox.
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Yikes.
I made a comment about bringing in the fences. Maybe next year they should consider that very seriously. Unless they make this a real ballclub with guys that can leg out triples to the gap then they are barking up the wrong tree with slow-footed hitters with warning track power.
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Maggs was having a decent year but he is obviously on the downslope in his career. The injuries to Carlos and Inge are blessings in disguise. I hate to be so hard-hearted but I have felt they and Laird and Everret would help this team more if they were on the DL. Most of that has happened now.
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This would have been a good time to have Mike Hessman around!
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What does JL do with Rhymes and Sizemore? Not having ONE 3rd baseman is going to cause all that play there to struggle when called upon.
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They better make a deal for a star infielder that can play a few years because the group we have out there now are all interns for all intents and purposes.

What does Jim do with Larish and Sizemore? Try them out and see what happens. Let them compete amounst themselves for a starting position. Some may be sent down again or used in a trade. We’ll just have to wait and see.
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I’m sick about Magglio and I certainly don’t feel his career was headed downward. He’s been terrific this season. Now his contract won’t vest. The only way they could possibly keep him is if we make it to the playoffs (do at-bats count toward vesting in that situation) or attempt to sign him as a free agent next year. I will miss Magglio so much. This is the biggest hurt of all.

I suppose there’s a possibility that Ordonez and the club could come to a mutual agreement on a new contract. More than likely Maggs will resurface with another team as a full time DH, which is what he would need to do here anyway. I don’t think he was a detriment in the outfield but he’ll be another year older and coming off an ankle fracture.
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By my count, the 25-man roster now includes 11 players who have been in the minors this season, and that doesn’t include injury rehabs. I don’t think it’s being overly pessimistic to opine that this season is over from a postseason aspect. The only thing we’re missing is Willie Mays Hayes, Pedro Cerano, and Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn.
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At the time Guillen made that backhand flip, my comment was that a more athletic secondbaseman (which would be pretty much all of them) would have jumped in the air, whirled and flipped to Worth coming across the bag who would have then set and threw to complete the DP. As it was, Worth made a dandy pivot to even get the throw off.
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Thank God Worth was at 2nd base and could catch it was all I was grateful for. You have to give Carlos credit for trying, though.
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I know I’ve mentioned it before, but one day I watched a game while Carlos was still the SS for Seatle. He was spectacular in his younger days.

I have a suspicion that Ordonez will be back next year. He was having a very good year, and #3 hitters don’t just magically appear. The question is: do they just vest the contract or do they play hardball and renegiotate.

I am surprised that Rhymes got the call, I thought it would have been Strieby.

I would trade Damon if there is any kind of offer. I would think the Yanks would love him back or even Boston. Both have some question marks in the OF.

Also, I would dangle Bonderman.

With this many rookies, I think we will slide out of contention by September. But I hope I am wrong.

It’s looking almost semi-oficial now. Dr Frankenstein is going to try and make Sizemore a 3rd baseman now.
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Today’s lineup has Larish (who had been playing 3rd in Toledo) at DH and Sizemore at 3rd. Por que?
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Porque they would not have to trade for a 3B.
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Might work. Sizemore will likely hit decently in the bigs. But I don’t think he will be a 20+ homer guy and a big RBI producer. We need that in our lineup.
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Will be intresting to see what Rhymes can do at 2nd. If Pedroia can maybe he can too?
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An infield of Sizemore, Worth and Rhymes at least would not bog down the bases IF they get there.
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I think Dlugach will wind up as a trade piece. The Tigrs have resisted calling him up and his strikeout propensity has not been solved.
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The latest moves have to have Ramon, Raburn and Kelly wondering if they will get a chance to be regulars here.
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Kelly actually looks pretty good at 3rd IMO, though I don’t think he will hit enough to matter.
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Avila has lost his advantage over Laird. JL is seemingly quite confident with Laird now, even against most RHP. Even though he is still sub .200, he does seem to be hitting the ball better. I do believe Avila is the future though.
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It’s been a crazy year and we’ve got a lot more time to make it even crazier.
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Maggs injury could be a nail in the coffin. How do you replace a #3 hitter? It almost seems you have to take a stab at Lowell. He would not be an expesive acquisition and would not muddy the waters for next year.
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The troubling aspect of these injuries is the fact that we will be forced to watch JL “mix & match” ad nauseum.

Well I am sure we are all pretty much in agreement here. This team had a small chance of making it to the playoffs. This team without Magglio has none – absolutely zippo, window closed. I don’t think that DD should do anything drastic – just play with what you got unless you can get someone who is not just a rental and will be around. No use killing the future of the team for a small chance to make it to the playoffs. That smug idiot of a manager (Guillen) must be wetting his pants right now. And what I got to say is anybody but the White Soxs – anybody but them.

Number of rookies in 2006 Tigers : two.JV pushing the ball and JZ on cortisone.
Number of rookies in the 2010 NYYs : Zero
Chances of a team with 5 rookies to go anywhere but 42-120? Zero.
Mike Hessmann? Even Raburn is better
Oliver for a good batter with a couple of years in his contract
Raburn 3rd? That post belong to Boesch with Larish in the 5 th

the team has a chance, but it all rests on the pitching staff. with the position of the team in the standings, they should make a few minor moves to add a couple vet position players and hope they can stay close enough while Guillen and Inge heal. can’t give up on the season yet just out 2.5 games and 2+months to play. need to find a hot bat somewhere…could even be among the recent callups.

I agree with those here who say pitching had to be better for playoff shot, even before injuries. I am confident that Larish/Sizemore can relatively replace Inge offensively. I think Guillen’s loss offensively will not be that great of a factor. Obviously Ordonez is a bummer, but he was actually hitting about .230 over the past month or so, so I think we can get that much production out of whoever picks up the slack, be ith more at bats from Damon, Raburn, etc. If we get a Lowell or a Drew or someone like that, we will probably have as good of an offense as we have seen lately. Of course, that offense has led to us having a slide in the standings so…
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As far as pitching goes, I am torn on whether we should go after Haren or not. He will not come cheap and his numbers have fallen off considerably since the first half of last year. Is he hurt? Fatigued? On the downslope? I know he won’t turn into Dontrelle, but I worry about the last time we picked up a relatively recently successful pitcher coming off a down year and then committed lots of $$$ to him…
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Regarding Maggs coming back – I had suggested to a family member not 3 days ago that I wish he would not vest his option. If he does not come back, it should be fairly doable to pick up an excellent replacement for $15 mil. If he renegotiates and comes back at, say, $10 mil, we have an extra $5 mil to pick up the best reliever on the market to add to the team. Who knows. Should be interesting.

In my game Raburn bunts the runners over even with MCab on deck for an obvious intentional walk. Raburn has been struggling at the plate and he has a knack for hitting into DPs in clutch situations.
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What the heck does Cecil know about MCab? LHB up next and 1st base open and he goes right at him hard. Impressive.
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Boesch hit the snot out of the ball his 1st time up–hopefully he is coming out of it now.
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1st pitch swinging in the 5th? Patience guys–make the guy throw a few.
Still a little puzzled why Larish is even this lineup against the LHP. Why not play Rhymes in this one and Larish against Litsch tonight?

Seems a real problem for us when we get good starts. Hitters just don’t help their starter out much.
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Key inning here after the Sizemore error (it’s an error in my world)

The pressure is affecting these guys. More terrible at bats in crucial situations. It’s one thing to hit the ball hard into an out or DP. It’s another to pop out or strike out. I hope DD waits a few days before making any moves, because we might be 6 out by the time we leave Tampa and head into Boston…

Well your teams gets you back in it and you lay a cookie to Wells and WHAM. What is this team going to do. There was little thump in this lineup and there is even less now. Boesch’s bat is impotent, Magglio, Inge and Guillen are gone.

Lost on 3 homers, two of them windblown pop flies. Need more than three runs.
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I think Sizemore is too tentative. Took strike one right down the middle in a sac fly situation. Didn’t he take a lot of first pitches his first go around this spring? I’m still waiting to see what DD sees in him. Think the Phillies would trade Polanco for Sizemore? We did.
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Anyway, it’s 0-1 for Miggy and the Mudhens with another shot at it tonight. It appears that the game is on MLB.TV according to their schedule. Toronto feed.
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We’re in a spot where we’d have to sign a ton of free agents over the winter. That’s not easy, competing with NY and Boston. And here in July, I have no idea who the FAs will actually be. Too early to think about it.
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Bad luck all around. Almost lost Valverde too. I know we could say it might have been a win with the regular line-up,
but many of those guys were not hitting in the clutch either with runners in scoring position. Now we can say that it is because of a AAA player. As bad as it may be or will get, they are forced to look at these players to see who might help in 2011 and then decide what to do with all that money coming off the payroll as far as free agents.

That’s a nice AB by Boesch (to draw the walk). I think Sizemore will come through here.

Sure got that one wrong! That was not an intelligent AB by Scotty

FYI: To get Larish and Rhymes on the 40-man roster, the Tigers put Casey Fien as “designated for assignment” and released Billy Buckner. Casey certainly has had an interesting year. Maybe if no one claims him this time, he will accept an assignment to Toledo. With Buckner gone, is that truly the end of the Dontrelle Willis saga?

Where’s Mike Lowell?
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ouch–the Jays were giving us the game there and we couldn’t take it. Sizemore overly aggressive and Larish under aggressive.

Like I said nothing clutch. Can’t even get a freaking sac fly by anyone. DROWNING.
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And now an infield single by Wells off of Valvarde’s leg. WHAT ELSE

By the way Randazzo’s strikezone is BULL!!!! I am so annoyed.

Again if this team could of gotten a clutch hit it would of been a whole different game. This team. Unbelievable they are going to die on the vine. Toronto was trying to give it to you and you don’t take advantage of any of your chances. Our line up is so imposing. There is a reason Larish is in the minors he cant do anything in the majors. They are bad and getting worse by the minute.

Sure is a luxury to be able to hit HRs eh?
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Valverde was looking so sharp too! Go figure.
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Raburn (not blaming him for this mind you), has been predictably brutal in clutch situations. Seems to always do the exact wrong thing at the worst time–whether it is a K a pop-up or a DP.
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It is starting to look like we are going to have a whole new team on the field next year. And we will be previewing it the rest of the way. Can’t see this squad, as it is, being able to compete for the division this year.

Just got home from work. Oh, oh, oh, I could cry like a baby. That had to be a killer to watch.

I hope Bondo is auaditioning for someone today. Hope he does well.
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It’s high time we part company with the 2003 cast of characters. Inge, Guillen aand Bondo are the last of the lot. They are likely all elsewhere next season. Ramon may have been around then too but in reality (I don’t see him as a negative factor like the others) he will be gone as his potential has already been realized and JL has made everyone believe he can’t be an everday shortstop—including Ramon.
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It’s suddenly a new era. Let’s hope we can bring up some rabbits who can run and catch.

Look carefully, bloggers. The comments in this blog are all out of sync again. My “FYI” was made after Dan’s “It’s suddenly a new era.” I sent that at 3:31 Illinois time so it went in at 4:31 Michigan time. Wherever Dan lives, his comment went in at 5:31. Makes no sense at all. Sort of like a lot of JL’s moves, right Rich?

Yeah Dan, Santiago was with the 2003 Tigers. Guillen came aboard in 2004. Your premise stands however. Good point.
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I posted a comment after the game that appeared in the middle of all the above comments and I’m sure no one saw it. This glitch may have to do with when we sign on and if we’re watching MLB.TV. plus timezone factors. Since I went to the trouble to write it, I’m re-posting it below:
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Lost on 3 homers, two of them windblown pop flies. Need more than three runs.
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I think Sizemore is too tentative. Took strike one right down the middle in a sac fly situation. Didn’t he take a lot of first pitches his first go around this spring? I’m still waiting to see what DD sees in him. Think the Phillies would trade Polanco for Sizemore? We did.
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Anyway, it’s 0-1 for Miggy and the Mudhens with another shot at it tonight. It appears that the game is on MLB.TV according to their schedule. Toronto feed.
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We’re in a spot where we’d have to sign a ton of free agents over the winter. That’s not easy, competing with NY and Boston. And here in July, I have no idea who the FAs will actually be. Too early to think about it.
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The comments are all mixed up. I have to keep signing into MLB.com over and over. Anyone else having this problem?
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Well, the second game of the doubleheader has just started. Sure hope we can pull out a win today.
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I just feel so bad about losing Magglio. And what is going to happen to Cabrera with no one in front or in back of him? He deserves the MVP and the chances are very slim for that to happen now.
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I haven’t given up on them, though. We coulda been a contender. Maybe we still will. Listening to Dan and Jim on the radio.

Well. now it is Lilly Or Gorzelany. Haren is out of the market

Brad Thomas and Eddie Bonine. Neither hardly strikes fear in the hearts of the opposition.
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Down 3-0, not sure this lineup can score that many runs in 2 games.
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Blame Brad Thomas not the flip from MCab. Brad Thomas runs a little Steve Bilko did. That was pathetic. stick to rugby mate.
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I hope our beloved Tigers don become a laughing stock again. It could happen.

Why Raburn did not bunt ?. IB for Miggy and bases loaded for Boesch

Nice pitch Bonine. 1 pitch 1 run.

At last! Someone who undresandts! Thanks for posting!

Sequencing on the blog is way out of whack.

I’m not so sure a pitcher is their first priority at this point.

Wait until we hit the road – then they will be reminded how poor the starting lineup is with ERA’s ranging from 4.99 to 7.78.
The lineup reminds me of auditioning for a school play – nominate your positions and wait your turn. Don’t worry if you miss out as you will be called up from understudy before you know it.

How many times have we seen other team’s pitchers with high ERA’s look like CY’s against us? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Jeff Larish and Scott Sizemore are not gonna cut it. DD has to go out and get us at least 1 bat.

I guess we have to look backwards on the blogs now to keep up!
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Brennan Boesch is really overdue for yard ball. Be nice to see him hit one here off the new pitcher. Heaven knows this club needs someone to lift them out of this funk.

Thomas and Bonine are below average MLB pitchers, yet they were entrusted to keep the game close. N.B leyland—-they didn’t—-again.
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I hope for his sake Bonderman is traded. I am and always have been a tigers fan and he has been one of my favorites since he broke into the majors in 2003. Leyland pulls him out in some wierd situations and he never seems to get run support from his team. I understand that his stuff is not what it used to be but how many of his runs are allowed by relief picthers after he is pulled. Tonight his pitch count was high, but that was the first guy he walked and he was yanked. I still think he will be a solid middle of the rotation guy and have a succesfull career.

I guess I am just one tiger fan who appreciates what he has done for this team and believe he has more to give if a team tigers or not will give him a real chance because I don’t think his manager is giving him a real chance. He is a bulldog and will always give everything he has.

I hope you’re right Alaska.
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I was gonna check on the Mud Hens’ game tonight but realized all the players are here!
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AJ is a bit of streaky player ain’t he? He’s fun to watch. Love the down the RF line singles and doubles.
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Either Laird or Avila is gonna be gone next year.
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Someone opined about Larish being a minor leaguer. I must agree. There is not enough spark there to push him over the hump up here. There has to be some fire in their eyes!
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Dunn Rumors now circulating again. He hasn’t played any OF this year so they would be thinking of him as a DH I presume.
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This is not a good longer term acquisition IMO. Not for our ballpark.

Well here come Raburn up in a clutch situation with the bases full again.
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Make me foolish Ryan.

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He did and I tip my cap to the guy for pulling that off under pressure with 2 strikes.
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Perry to finish?

Whoa-Ho. Jose to throw twice today!.
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He’ll get ‘em this time.

I just can hardly breathe.

1-1 now for Miggy & the Mudhens. Raburn, who has suddenly become one of the team’s veterans, comes through in a big spot. He and Damon will have to be counted on going forward. Damon has a chance to put a good capper on a nice career and Ryan, this is your big opportunity. Cabrera continues to be unbelievable. Jackson is in a nice groove right now.
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Perhaps Sizemore can get it going on the road and away from the home fans. He obviously has skills, so this is a mental thing he needs to break through. I have no confidence in Larish, never have. I don’t think you can hit big league pitching with his approach/stance. I guess I’ve said that a few times, so I’ll let it go at that.
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Bonine seems to suffer from a malady that effects a number of relievers, that is, giving up a hit to the first hitter with men on. These pitchers need to start their own inning. Zach Miner was the same way. The Cokes and Zumayas of the world are better suited for coming into the middle of a situation. I think Eddie has a lot of value, but not in situations like today’s.
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Bonderman pitches well but again gets nothing to show for it, other than the knowledge that he kept us in an important game. I hope that works for him because these guys don’t score many runs when he’s out there. I agree that he fits into the back of most team’s rotations. I always had a soft spot for him too.
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I still think Cabrera is ranging too far into the hole on his right, and those balls should go to the secondbaseman while he stays home. It cost (through Jim Joyce) Galarraga his perfect game and cost a run (charged to Bonderman?) on that one today in the 6th inning. I’ve brought this up before and there were excuses made for Miggy but there’s not need for that. I’m not getting down on him, just pointing out something he needs to work on. Other than that, he’s got great hands and is excellent with his throws. He’s become a good firstbaseman.
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Here’s hoping we can repeat the magic that we had last Labor Day weekend down in St. Pete’s.
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Kudos to Brennan Boesch for excelllent base-running on Raburn’s double. His instinct, aggressiveness and speed actually won the game.
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He was burnin’ around the bags.

Well yesterday at last nights game when I was feeling sorry for myself about the state of the Tigers I realized it was my fault ( the injuries that is) I have gone to two unscheduled (non-Friday night package games) this year. One in Minnesota – Zumaya out – then the one on Saturday night – bang Magglio and Guillen OUT!!! Sorry guys LOL!!!. I will just go to scheduled games only within my package of games.
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Regarding last nights games, I have to admit I was getting ready to leave between Cy Litsch and Cy Tallet – well lets just say my head was about to explode. But I was thinking we are getting down on a lot of these players for their inabilities and really that isn’t fair. Avila, Rhymes, and the rest of the Mud Hens belong in Toledo. Some are not ready and some never will be, and it isn’t their fault. It is the lack of good scouting and frankly this year they are probably being called up out of desperation.
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Larish hit a foul ball to right field that was as far back as any foul ball I have ever seen hit at that park. That includes a foul homerun that Sheffield hit to left once and Boesch hit a little earlier this year. It was upper deck right field approximately 20 rows back. If he only could of kept it fair it probably would of been by the pepsi porch. He is very strong and is one of those guys who can run into a few. But is he a major leaguer probably not. But he may be a guy who can come off the bench and run into a few, right now we don’t have that.
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GK

I guess I was wrong about Ordonez. Dombroski siad the option will not “click.” That makes things very, very interesting for the rest of the season. While it will be nice to make the playoffs, the bigger picture comes into focus. The Tiger’s books will lose Willis, Robertson, Inge, Bonderman and Ordonez. Those contracts are larger than some country’s GDPs. So here is the chance for Larish, Sizemore, Worth and Raburn to play. A lot. And if they play well, great. If not, Tigers will have cash to spend.
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I think it is time to slow down some of the starters innings. Remember Scherzer, Verlander are 25, Porcello, even younger.

I think DD understands those things about fans and the economy and all. If we don’t make a move, he will provide one of his rare statements, temporarily shedding his cloak of silence. For a guy that plays it rightfully close to the vest, that’s a fairly big deal. For what that’s worth.
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I was looking at the pitching matchups for the entire 7-game trip and we’ve had trouble with each and every one of the opposing starters. I begin to wonder how we’ll win even one game. This is going to be like a “Rocky” movie. And with Chicago at home with Seattle and Oakland, we could be waaaay behind by Saturday’s deadline. I think this will play into it.
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My opinion is that, if we make a trade, it be for someone who can help not only this year but for the next year and perhaps beyond. Paying a big salary isn’t going to be an issue for us, so I’d like to see a BIG deal made if we make one. DD won’t get fleeced by these GMs who think we’re desperate, but he may be able to put together a blockbuster. I guess I’m saying I don’t want stopgaps, I want true talent coming our way.
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And again my comment goes onto the list before Dan’s, although I was responding to his. I guess we’re going to have to write things like “In response to Rich’s comment at 2:19 PM” or something. This is maddening.
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Well back to the table:
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DD HAS to make a couple of trades. There’s no question about it. It can be argued they don’t want to mortgage the future and ride things out with the rookies but what about the loyal Detroit fans who have pushed over a million fans through the trunstiles THIS YEAR? They have supported a team they love by putting out THEIR cash in tough times and the same should be expected of management.
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MCab deserves to have a respected producing hitter ahead of him in the lineup. Ordonez has to be replaced in order for MCab to be “optimized” with repect to driving in runs and in fact, even being pitched to.
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Inge’s absence is less critical though someone who could provide some punch the rest of this year would be real nice–Wigginton, Lowell?
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Carlos’ situation is the least damaging IMO. We can slide Raburn or Sizemore in there. Carlos was not providing RBIs or power. His play at 2nd was limited (though he has done better than I thought he would), but his fragility factor is overwhelming and he seems at the risk of physical breakdown with every movment.
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We need someone to step up in the bullpen. Can’t afford to have guys who supply mediocre performances more often than not.
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I can’t see us being able to afford another SP now. The need to replace Inge and Ordonez is overarching. If anyone struggles in the rotation, don’t be surprised to see Furbush given a shot.
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I agree Rich. Beyond this year is crucial as trying to save a year often results in guys like Huff and Washburn. You can do both. That being said, Lowell would help this year, not be an encumberance next year–and would be cheap. That still doesn’t provide a replacement for Magglio though and his replacement should be predicated on him not coming back as a Tiger next year. I honestly think Maggs’ glory days are over and it is unfair to expect even diminished results from him at this stage.
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Carlos’ days as a regular are also over. Inge is a character guy on a rebuilding team in my view. And that does not mean ours. I am getting “drifts” from JL that he hanging his hat on Inge returning this year. Big deal. Inge is not gonna win a pennant and his ingery will still be a factor upon his return. I don’t want to hear that when Carlos and Brandon return it is “like getting two guys in a trade”. The fact is we were wanting with them and we will want even more when they come back rusty and physically challenged.
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If DD doesn’t make a move then I totally expect they will call up Strieby.

I cannot figure out why Strieby was not called up. Especially since Rhymes, no matter how well he performs, is essentially our FIFTH 2B (Sizemore, Worth, Santiago, Raburn) on the team. Why bring up a scrappy guy to be the 5th 2B instead of a guy that can mash and play LF. It really does confuse me.

I heard the Royals are shopping Podsednik (among others).
He’s been on a tear lately with .309BA; 43RBI & 29SB and he’s only due $650K for 2010 with a $2MM option for 2011.
He could play left and bat leadoff, then AJ, then Damon (DH), Miggy, Boesch (RF), etc. Then you really only need a 3B and a decent backend SP to try to compete this season.
Pods has playedfor every Central team but Tigs and Injuns.
Jim

I still don’t count the Tigs out for this year and it will ultimately still come down to how we play Chisox.
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JL is in his element now – no expectations and in charge of a young team with a few stars. I just hope he finally realises this and goes off and manages say the D’Backs as his swan song manager role.
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Pitching rather than hitting though is still the problem and I honestly don’t see that huge a loss with Damon stepping up to take Maggs role. Damon has been hanging out all season to get involved and be in his element.

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