April 20th, 2011

Six more weeks of rehab for Zumaya

The Tigers medical staff had a conference call Wednesday with Dr. James Andrews on Joel Zumaya, who opted to try rehabbing his ailing elbow again rather than undergo exploratory surgery. If he had opted for surgery, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said, his chances of pitching this year would be “remote,” based on the advice from Dr. Andrews.

“The timetable [if he has surgery] is not favorable for him to pitch in 2011,” Rand said, “so he’ll undergo another six weeks of rest, rehab, strengthening.”

As it is, Zumaya will be rehabbing for six weeks before he can throw again. If he feels fine after that, the throwing progression would be expected to take him well into June at least, if not July.

Wednesday: Tigers at Mariners

Ryan Raburn gets his second start at second base in three days. Jim Leyland said he’s doing it in an effort to get some thump going in the lineup, since it allows him to clear a corner outfield spot for Casper Wells. It’s mainly something he’ll only do against left-handed starters, but it says something about the need to get the offense going. Keep in mind, Raburn did not work at second base this spring.

Omir Santos, meanwhile, gets his first start behind the plate.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Ryan Raburn, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, DH
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  6. Brennan Boesch, LF
  7. Brandon Inge, 3B
  8. Casper Wells, RF
  9. Omir Santos, C
P: Rick Porcello
MARINERS
  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  2. Chone Figgins, 3B
  3. Adam Kennedy, 1B
  4. Jack Cust, DH
  5. Michael Saunders, CF
  6. Luis Rodriguez, SS
  7. Carlos Peguero, LF
  8. Jack Wilson, 2B
  9. Chris Gimenez, C
P: Erik Bedard

Ryan Perry up, Enrique Gonzalez down

In case you hadn’t seen it elsewhere (including the Twitter feed going down the right-hand rail of this page), Ryan Perry is back in the Tigers bullpen, having been activated from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday morning. Enrique Gonzalez was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo to make room.

Gonzalez had to pass through waivers unclaimed to be outrighted, so the decision on him came before his four-walk outing last night. So did the decision on activating Perry, who said he landed in Seattle late yesterday afternoon. He wasn’t eligible to be activated until today’s game, so he couldn’t have pitched last night even if he had arrived at the park in time.

No Perry roster move yet

Jim Leyland said Tuesday afternoon that Ryan Perry would be returning “very shortly,” but it didn’t happen after Tuesday’s loss to the Mariners. The Tigers had no roster move to announce in the postgame media session. They could still announce it Wednesday in time for the series finale, or they could simply wait until the Tigers return home Friday.

The original rehab plan that Perry discussed last week put him on track to be ready to be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear if Perry was in Seattle Tuesday night.

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