February 28th, 2011

Schlereth leaves with left hamstring strain

The Tigers have had their fair share of news this spring, but at least they had their health. That changed on Monday when Daniel Schlereth strained his left hamstring trying to cover first base.

Schlereth believes the injury is “very minor” and expects to be throwing again by next week. But initially, it didn’t look so minor as he limped down the right-field line towards the Tigers clubhouse with help from head athletic trainer Kevin Rand.

“I’ve never had any injuries like this,” Schlereth said afterwards. “I hurt my arm before, but that’s really the only thing I know about something injured. I just was going to cover first base and [Ryan] Strieby peeled off. I was going towards the bag and I think he was going to take it at the last second. I was sprinting and I pulled up, and my left hamstring popped a little bit.”

Schlereth will be re-evaluated Tuesday morning. Because it’s the leg with which Schlereth pushes off in his delivery, and not his landing leg, he doesn’t believe it’ll be a nagging injury for him. And missing a week or so shouldn’t cost him terribly much this early in camp, with four weeks left before camp breaks.

“At least it’s in the beginning of spring,” he said. “We’re not going to the Bronx next week.”

Monday: Tigers vs. Yankees

As expected, Miguel Cabrera is in the lineup at DH. Victor Martinez shifts over to first base, with Alex Avila behind the plate.

It’ll be interesting to see how long Justin Verlander goes today. One would figure two innings, but Verlander has said all spring that he has been trying to move up his schedule. He has done the same program as in previous springs, but a little further ahead. Does he get a third inning? Does it make a difference at this point?

Also on the pitching docket after Verlander and Rick Porcello is Charlie Furbush in his first game outing of the spring.

TIGERS (2-0)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Ryan Raburn, LF
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, DH
  5. Victor Martinez, 1B
  6. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Scott Sizemore, 2B
  9. Alex Avila, C

P: Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, Ryan Perry, Daniel Schlereth, Charlie Furbush

YANKEES (1-1)

  1. Derek Jeter, SS
  2. Robinson Cano, 2B
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Andruw Jones, RF
  6. Russell Martin, DH
  7. Francisco Cervelli, C
  8. Justin Maxwell, LF
  9. Melky Mesa, CF

P: CC Sabathia, Pedro Feliciano, Manuel Banuelos, Mark Prior, Daniel Turpen, Robert Fish

Why Penny started over Scherzer Sunday

Checked around a little bit Monday morning, and the decision to swap Brad Penny with Max Scherzer in the pitching order Sunday was nothing serious. Turns out Penny takes a little more time to warm up in the bullpen than Scherzer — don’t know if it’s age, tempo or just deliberate things he needs to do when he warms. In any case, it made more sense to let Penny get the extra time to warm up before than the game than Scherzer, who can warm up relatively quickly for a starting pitcher.

It won’t be a question later in camp, when manager Jim Leyland gets his rotation order lined up for the season and decides who starts which day opening week.

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