August 14th, 2010

Valverde day-to-day with abdominal strain

Tigers closer Jose Valverde was not available for the save situation once the Tigers pulled ahead in the ninth inning Saturday night against the White Sox. He suffered a mild abdominal strain, according to the team, and is considered day-to-day.

Valverde last worked Wednesday against the Rays, recording the final four outs. Manager Jim Leyland said Valverde wasn’t available Friday night, either. Once Detroit took the lead Saturday, Leyland stayed with Phil Coke, who recorded the final out of the eighth to finish off his seventh win of the season.

Leyland said Valverde might be available Sunday.

Saturday: Tigers vs. White Sox

Friday’s lineup was posted on the door leading from the clubhouse to the dugout steps. Saturday’s lineup was posted on the wall. If the Tigers win tonight, I’m guessing Sunday’s lineup will be posted on the wall as well. Anything to break up the skid. These are the nuances of baseball superstition.

As far as changes to the lineup itself, Jhonny Peralta gets a day off. Ramon Santiago starts at shortstop.


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

P: Rick Porcello


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

P: Edwin Jackson