August 11th, 2011

2nd degree thumb sprain for Boesch

That’s the word from Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand coming out of Thursday morning’s MRI exam. It isn’t a serious sprain, but it’s more than a minor one, if that makes sense.

Boesch said he doesn’t think it’s serious, though he suggested the hand specialist who examined him again Thursday morning might suggest otherwise.

Boesch is considered day-to-day. The first task is to get the swelling down, Rand said, then work on getting range of motion back in the thumb. He won’t do anything today, and while he’s hoping he can pick up a bat tomorrow, that isn’t a given. At this point, a DL stint sounds highly unlikely.

“I’m cautiously optimistic I’ll be back in the lineup a lot sooner than the doctor who just saw me might expect,” Boesch said.

Thursday: Tigers at Indians

Brennan Boesch said last night he was holding out hope the swelling in his right thumb would go down enough that he could play Thursday, but manager Jim Leyland sounded like he was in no mood to take that chance. No word yet from the MRI exam or anything else, but the lineup is out and Boesch isn’t in there. Ryan Raburn starts in left field, batting second.

TIGERS

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

P: Justin Verlander

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