August 3rd, 2010

Tuesday: Tigers vs. White Sox (Game 2)

Enter rookie right-hander to start for White Sox, and the Tigers’ lineup switches a bit. Will Rhymes, who probably has faced Carlos Torres this season in the International League, gets to take his cuts against him in the big leagues tonight. Alex Avila is behind the plate, Ramon Santiago is back in at short, and Damon shifts down to third in the order.


  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Damon, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Peralta, 3B
  7. Raburn, LF
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS

P: Jeremy Bonderman


  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Omar Vizquel, 3B
  3. Alex Rios, CF
  4. Paul Konerko, DH
  5. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  6. Mark Kotsay, 1B
  7. Ramon Castro, C
  8. Andruw Jones, RF
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

Guillen agrees (generally) with Guillen

When White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen aired his views on the language barrier Latino players face compared with players who come in from the Far East, it wasn’t anything he hadn’t said before over the years. It also wasn’t anything that hasn’t been said by another guy named Guillen.

Carlos Guillen has emerged in recent years as someone willing to express his views on the challenges Latino players face. He talked privately last year about the good that could come from having a Spanish-speaking interpreter in a Major League clubhouse. When Ozzie Guillen said what he said, it sounded familiar.

“Twenty percent of the big-league players, they’re from South America,” Carlos Guillen said Tuesday morning. “Translators? We don’t have them. Personal trainers? We don’t have them. It’s like, ‘Hey, good luck, guys.’ They don’t know if you speak English or if you can’t understand whatever they’re going to say.”

The Tigers have been pretty aggressive in trying to help players from Latin America prepare for and adjust to life in the states. They have someone at their Gulf Coast League headquarters in Lakeland whose job is centered on language and cultural instruction. They also have English instruction at their summer league teams in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Carlos Guillen said he took English classes in the Astros farm system but still doesn’t feel comfortable with the language to this day.

“You guys are in here every day in the big league clubhouse,” Carlos Guillen said to reporters. “Can you imagine the minor leagues? It’s hard for you guys to understand what we’re trying to say. Sometimes you guys put in something wrong, and it’s not your fault.

Other times, he said, it isn’t about dealing the media, but with the staff.

“How are you going to explain to the manager or the trainer or the doctor the way you feel? How? It’s hard,” Guillen said.

“The communication is the key for everything, I think,” Guillen said. “Your family, your home, if you have good communication with your kids, it’s going to be better. It’s the same thing here. When you have good communication with your teammates, with everybody, you feel more comfortable.”

Tuesday: Tigers vs. White Sox (Game 1)

Both Johnny Damon and Danny Worth are feeling better today, so they’re in the lineup for the day game. Damon said he could play the outfield if needed, and initally thought he would be playing in the outfield before Leyland gave Jeff Frazier a shot in left.


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

P: Rick Porcello


  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Omar Vizquel, 3B
  3. Alex Rios, CF
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Carlos Quentin, RF
  6. Mark Kotsay, DH
  7. Alexei Ramirez, SS
  8. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

P: Mark Buehrle

Inge sent to West Michigan on rehab

UPDATE: The Tigers announced just before the day game that Inge is heading out on a rehab assignment to Class A West Michigan, starting tonight. Sounds like he could be back before next week.

While the Tigers were on the road, Brandon Inge was apparently working ahead of schedule on rehabbing his broken hand. He took batting practice on Monday on his own and again Tuesday morning with the team, and he now says he would like to be back next week. He’d be shocked, he said, if he isn’t back by the time the Tigers go to Chicago for the start of their next road trip in a week and a half.

“Grip strength is good,” Inge said. “It really healed faster than I thought it would.”
That doesn’t mean he’s pain-free, but it’s not miserable pain. The one thing Inge wanted to know, he said, was if coming back early would leave the bone in his hand any more vulnerable to breaking again. Team doctors told him it wouldn’t, so he’s pushing it.
Inge has been out for two weeks since taking a pitch off his hand against the Rangers. When the injury occurred, the initial timetable for a return was 4-6 weeks. Inge said even then that he was aiming for a return in three weeks if it was at all possible.

Tigers acquire Brandon Jones from Pirates

It isn’t often this time year you see a minor-league outfielder traded for a player to be named later. The Tigers have now done it twice. A couple days after dealing the recently-designated Wilkin Ramirez to the Braves, Detroit acquired Brandon Jones from the Pirates for a PTBNL.

The 26-year-old Jones, a former Braves prospect until this year, is heading to Double-A Erie after batting .248 with Eastern League foe Altoona. He hit one home run to go with seven RBIs in 109 at-bats. He hit .205 with Triple-A Indianapolis before that with three homers and 14 RBIs. 
The move adds some depth to a system that was thinning out at the upper levels. The Ramirez trade took another outfielder out of Toledo, which already lost Clete Thomas for the year. Jeff Larish’s future is uncertain after being designated on Friday, Jeff Frazier is now in Detroit, and Ryan Strieby hasn’t played since the first couple innings Sunday.