September 2010

Cabrera leaves again with bad left shoulder

For the second time in a week, Miguel
Cabrera’s ailing left shoulder knocked the Tigers slugger out of a game. He
left Tuesday’s contest against the White Sox after six innings with a
recurrence of the bicep tendinitis in his left shoulder.

Cabrera admitted before the game that his left shoulder
was still bothering him and that he was playing through it. He feels it when he
swings, but had been dealing with it the last few days. The Tigers had a 6-1 lead
when Cabrera left, but that’s rarely a big enough lead for manager Jim Leyland
to take out his leading hitter, even as a precaution.

Cabrera left last Wednesday’s game at Minnesota with the
same issue. He missed last Friday’s series opener at Kansas City before
returning to action Saturday. Though the Tigers had an impressive late-inning
comeback against the Royals without him, any extended loss for Cabrera would
understandably be devastating for Detroit.

Cabrera, who went 0-for-2 with an intentional walk
Tuesday, is listed as day-to-day.

 

Tuesday: Tigers vs. White Sox

Pretty much a regular lineup for the Tigers. Avila is 1-for-5 off Freddy Garcia, but Laird is still out — and he’s 1-for-15 off Garcia anyway. Raburn is 1-for-9 off Garcia, too.

TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Damon, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Kelly, LF
  6. Boesch, RF
  7. Peralta, SS
  8. Inge, 3B
  9. Avila, C
P: Justin Verlander
WHITE SOX
  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Omar Vizquel, 2B
  3. Alex Rios, CF
  4. Manny Ramirez, DH
  5. Mark Teahen, 3B
  6. Carlos Quentin, RF
  7. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  8. Mark Kotsay, 1B
  9. Alexei Ramirez, SS
P: Freddy Garcia

Carlos Guillen still sore, could be done for year

Nearly three weeks after Brett Gardner slid into Carlos Guillen’s left knee, Guillen said the soreness is just as bad as it was before, as is the pinching pain he gets when he moves around sometimes.

“Maybe worse,” he said.

It’s a bad sign, obviously, and it puts his potential return this season in question.

Though Guillen said he’s walking better than he had been, he said the knee still restricts him from doing much more than that. That basically puts him in a holding pattern right now, limiting him to basic rehab activities.

Guillen will visit with team physician Dr. Stephen Lemos in the coming days. That exam might include another MRI.

“That’ll probably be something we’ll look at as we go forward,” head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Monday morning.

They’re not looking at his return anytime soon. And with four weeks left in the season, there’s a growing possibility that he’s done for the year. Leyland said he didn’t know whether Guillen would be back this season, and Guillen didn’t sound confident in his situation either.

“At this point right now, obviously we’ve got to get his knee to the point where he has no soreness,” Leyland said. “Once we get to that point, then we can increase his activity. But at the pace it’s going right now, we might run out of time.”

Other injury updates:

  • Armando Galarraga said his elbow issues were different than normal pitching soreness, he said he was feeling better today. He doesn’t believe he’ll miss any starts because of it once he gets some treatment on it. Still, manager Jim Leyland indicated the Tigers could make one more September call-up because of it, certainly if it lingers. Coincidentally, Andy Oliver threw a side session at Triple-A Toledo Sunday after making his last start of the season for the Mud Hens Friday.
  • Gerald Laird is still out with back issues. He’s going to get treatment Monday and Tuesday for the goal of playing Wednesday against White Sox lefty John Danks.
  • Ryan Raburn is better today after what appears to be a case of food poisoning Sunday. He fell ill just before game time and stayed that way until the problem lifted overnight.
  • Ryan Strieby underwent a CT scan Sunday and has an appointment coming up with hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham. There’s a real possibility he could recommend another surgery on Strieby’s ailing left wrist, which has sidelined him since the end of July. If that happens, obviously, he’ll miss the Arizona Fall League for a second straight year.

Monday: Tigers vs. White Sox

First the injury roundup: Ryan Raburn is not in the lineup today, but he said he’s feeling much better after coming down with what he suspects was food poisoning Sunday morning. He said the illness finally lifted overnight. Gerald Laird is not available; his back is still out of alignment. He’s hoping to be back to play against White Sox lefty John Danks Wednesday night.

Other than that, it’s a pretty standard lineup. Note that Scott Sizemore is NOT available today. He is indeed being called up, as reported last night, but the move won’t be official until tomorrow.

TIGERS

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

P: Max Scherzer

WHITE SOX

  1. Juan Pierre, LF
  2. Omar Vizquel, SS
  3. Carlos Quentin, RF
  4. Manny Ramirez, DH
  5. Mark Teahen, 3B
  6. Andruw Jones, CF
  7. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  8. Mark Kotsay, 1B
  9. Gordon Beckham, 2B

P: Edwin Jackson

Tigers calling up Sizemore

The Tigers will expand their roster by at least one more player Monday. Infielder Scott Sizemore received word Sunday night to join the club in Detroit for Monday afternoon’s game against the White Sox.

The move gives the Tigers an extra infielder for the stretch run, something they did last year when they called up Brent Dlugach for the final few weeks of the playoff chase. For Sizemore, the move hopefully means a positive note to close out what he called his toughest season.

“This year, I would say, is probably as difficult of a year as I’ve ever had, just the mental strain and physical strain,” Sizemore said Sunday night. “I mean, I’ve been kind of beat up all year. It’s taken a lot out of me. But you know, to kind of end on a strong note and get the call up to the big club, it makes it all worthwhile. Sometimes in the year, you just go frustrated and you keep pushing through it, keep working, and you hope that there’s going to be some light at the end of the tunnel. Fortunately this time, there is.”

Sizemore began the year as the Tigers’ everyday second baseman, was sent down in mid-May after a rough start at the plate, then watched a revolving door of players handle second base. The latest at the position, Will Rhymes, has made an impression on the organization both offensively and defensively.

It’s difficult to define Sizemore’s fit in the organization, what with Carlos Guillen under contract for next year and Rhymes clearly making a case to stick around. But by no means is Sizemore a forgotten man. He’ll have a chance this winter to do a full workout program with a healthy ankle, something he couldn’t do last year after ankle surgery at the end of October, and he’s looking forward to it.

“It feels better,” Sizemore said. “There’s hardly any pain with anything that I do now, which is great. Because early on, almost everything I did kind of had some soreness or pain. The biggest thing now is I didn’t have the opportunity to lift in the offseason. This year, it’s just going to be back to my normal routine, get in the weight room, work on my speed and get back to being as explosive as I can.”

Sizemore fell a triple shy of the cycle Sunday night for the Mud Hens. He led off the game with a home run and added an opposite-field double later to go with a single. He fell a hit shy of finishing his Toledo tenure with a .300 average.

No word yet is that will be the extent of the Tigers’ September call-ups. The Mud Hens have one more game left Monday afternoon. However, manager Jim Leyland said last week that call-ups would be very limited. He indicated it was possible they’d only have one move, so this could be it.

Waiting to see on Tigers pitching front

The Twins called up some extra pitching help after they used up their bullpen and their previously scheduled Friday starter in Thursday night’s 13-inning battle. Will the Tigers have to do the same?

Manager Jim Leyland wasn’t sure immediately after Thursday’s win at Target Field, but he hinted that it might be at least a discussion with team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski.

Before Thursday’s game, Leyland indicated they could have one more call-up ready, and maybe one extra, when Triple-A Toledo’s season ends on Labor Day. Among the pitchers still left at Triple-A Toledo, starter Andy Oliver and relievers Fu-Te Ni and Jay Sborz are currently on the 40-man roster. Ni just return from a month-long stay on the disabled list to pitch for the Mud Hens Thursday, while Sborz just went on the 7-day DL for the Hens. Detroit could also move one of their injured players from the 15-day to 60-day DL and add somebody to the 40-man if needed, such as Casey Fien.

Or they could decide to do nothing. Neither Ryan Perry nor Daniel Schlereth pitched Thursday, and Alfredo Figaro should be available after his short stint. They’re certainly in better shape than the Twins, who lost starter Scott Baker after just two innings.

That might be their course of action. Tigers game notes just came out, and they don’t include any roster moves.

I’m off this weekend, back home for some downtime and a little fantasy football planning, but I might jump online now and then.

Peralta picks up team at first base

Jim Leyland was asked after Thursday’s win if Jhonny Prealta had any experience at first base.

“He has now,” Leyland answered with a smile.

He has quite an experience, indeed.

And that’s the extent of his time there. Until he shifted over from third base in the eighth inning, he had never played at first base — not in the Majors, not in the minors, not ever.

“Never,” Peralta said afterwards. “Never in my life. It surprised me, too. Big surprise.”

It was a matter of the Tigers doing what they needed to do to get back into a ballgame. Starting first baseman Miguel Cabrera left in the sixth inning with bicep tendinitis in his left shoulder. Ryan Raburn pinch-hit for Don Kelly in the top of the eighth and followed Peralta’s home run with a solo shot of his own.

Brandon Inge, who pinch-hit for Brennan Boesch in the same inning, moved to third base. Raburn replaced Boesch in the outfield. Leyland told Peralta he was going to first. There wasn’t really much time for debate.

As Leyland has said before, if you can play shortstop, you can play anywhere. And Peralta turned in a critical play when he fielded a sharp grounder from Alexi Casilla in the ninth and added another big grab in the 12th.

“It’s kind of similar,” Peralta said, “but first base, I think it’s a little bit busy. You need to worry about maybe throwing it to second, short and third. But I mean, I think I can feel really good at first base, too. They gave me a couple ground balls, and I felt really good.”

Cabrera leaves with left biceps tendinitis

The Tigers pulled out a dramatic win over the Twins Thursday night with Miguel Cabrera on the bench. But if they’re going to do much more down the stretch, they have to hope that their star slugger and American League MVP candidate can return quickly from his bout of bicep tendinitis in his left shoulder.

For now, Cabrera is listed as day-to-day, and manager Jim Leyland said they weren’t sure yet whether he’d be available for Friday night’s game at Kansas City. 

“I’m a little worried,” Cabrera said after the game, “but I think I’m going to be OK. They took good care of me.”

Cabrera said he started feeling some soreness in his shoulder during Tuesday’s series opener, but played through it. It was a little worse Wednesday, but by Thursday, he said, “it was a little pinch.”

It was enough that it was altering his swing. Cabrera struck out in each of his first two at-bats and would’ve hit into an inning-ending double play his third time up had Will Rhymes not beaten Twins shortstop J.J. Hardy to second base.

Once Cabrera came back in the dugout for the sixth inning, he had a lengthy talk with head athletic trainer Kevin Rand, then walked up the stairs from the Tigers’ dugout into the clubhouse in the top of the sixth inning with Rand at his side. He did not come out when the Tigers took the field for the bottom of the inning. Don Kelly moved from left field to replace him at first base, with Casper Wells entering the game.

Of all the injuries the Tigers have had to endure this season, any loss of Cabrera would be huge. He leads the Major Leagues with 108 RBIs to go with a .336 batting average and 33 home runs, both second in the AL. Cabrera has been one of just two constants in the Tigers’ offensive production along with rookie leadoff man Austin Jackson.<p>

Thursday: Tigers at Vikings, er, Twins

Sorry about that. NFL preseason game going on down the street. The two stadiums aren’t as close as Comerica Park and Ford Field, thankfully. Still, I’m glad I’m not driving on this trip.

As for the baseball game, it’s a regular day off for Brandon Inge, who’s 8-for-40 lifetime against Twins starter Scott Baker. Jhonny Peralta, 12-for-46 with two homers for his career off Baker, starts at third, with Ramon Santiago (8-for-21 off Baker) at short.
This will be a very interesting start for Justin Verlander, who has split decisions in two starts against Minnesota this year despite just two earned runs over 11 innings and 14 strikeouts.
TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Damon, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Peralta, 3B
  7. Kelly, LF
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS
P: Justin Verlander
TWINS
  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, LF
  6. Danny Valencia, 3B
  7. Jose Morales, DH
  8. Jason Repko, RF
  9. J.J. Hardy, SS
P: Scott Baker

Wednesday: Tigers at Twins

Max St. Pierre isn’t in the startling lineup. Gerald Laird is, but other injury issues are troubling Detroit. Ryan Raburn strained his rotator cuff swinging at a Matt Capps pitch in the ninth inning last night and is day-to-day, forcing Brennan Boesch into the lineup against lefty Francisco Liriano. With Raburn out, Casper Wells gets his shot in the third spot ahead of Miguel Cabrera. 

TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Wells, LF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Peralta, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Santiago, SS
  8. Boesch, RF
  9. Laird, C
P: Max Scherzer
TWINS
  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
  5. Delmon Young, LF
  6. Danny Valencia, 3B
  7. Jose Morales, DH
  8. Jason Repko, RF
  9. J.J. Hardy, SS
P: Francisco Liriano
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