March 21st, 2011

Tigers rotation for opening week

As you probably already know, Jim Leyland said today that Phil Coke would be the extra starter moved to the bullpen for the start of the season until the Tigers need a fifth starter over the weekend of the first home series. Brad Penny will be the fourth starter.

What you might not remember, though, is how Penny’s starts now fit with the rest of the Tigers starters. So here’s a chart for the Tigers rotation:

March 31 (Opening Day) at Yankees: Justin Verlander
April 2 at Yankees: Brad Penny
April 3 at Yankees: Max Scherzer
April 4 at Orioles (O’s home opener): Rick Porcello
April 6 at Orioles: Justin Verlander
April 7 at Orioles: Brad Penny
April 8 vs. Royals (home opener): Max Scherzer
April 9 vs. Royals: Phil Coke
April 10 vs. Royals: Rick Porcello (presumably)

Magglio day-to-day with tight hamstring

Magglio Ordonez is day-to-day with tightness in the IT band in the hamstring area, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Monday morning. He missed his second straight game Monday, but Rand indicated it doesn’t appear to be serious.

You may remember that Ordonez missed four days around the start of the month with a hamstring spasm. This new issue, Rand said, is different. It’s not really the hamstring, but it’s part of the hamstring area, more along the outside part of his leg.