September 6th, 2011

Boesch has surgery on right thumb

Brennan Boesch underwent surgery Tuesday morning to repair the torn ligament in his right thumb. The surgery, which the Tigers had been hoping to have done while they’re in town this week, officially ends Boesch’s 2011 season.

Dr. Thomas Graham, the renowned hand specialist who has been following Boesch’s situation ever since he first injured the thumb during the Tigers’ last trip here last month, performed the operation at the Cleveland Clinic.

If this was a situation earlier in the season, when Boesch might be looking to come back, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said the typical timetable for recovery and return would be 10-12 weeks. In this late-season case, he’ll be on a much more relaxed timetable, and will be ready to go when Spring Training begins in February, if not sooner. He’ll have his thumb in a splint for the next two weeks before he’s re-evaulated.

Boesch spent Tuesday evening back at the team hotel after the surgery. He’ll be traveling with the Tigers when they return home Wednesday evening. He’ll continue to travel with the team through  the postseason, Rand said.

Tuesday: Tigers at Indians

Don Kelly gets the start at third base against Fausto Carmona. No real history between the two (0-for-2), but plenty of history between Carmona and Wilson Betemit (2-for-13) and Brandon Inge (6-for-29, 6 K’s).

On the Tribe side, Jason Kipnis returns to the lineup just in time to load up the lineup with six lefties and two switch-hitters against Rick Porcello. Kipnis went 3-for-3 with a homer against Porcello last month. Carlos Santana is 6-for-11 with three homers against him.

TIGERS

  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Andy Dirks, RF
  3. Delmon Young, LF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Alex Avila, C
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Don Kelly, 3B
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B

P: Rick Porcello

INDIANS

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Kosuke Fukudome, RF
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  4. Carlos Santana, 1B
  5. Jim Thome, DH
  6. Jason Kipnis, 2B
  7. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
  8. Ezequiel Carrera, LF
  9. Lou Marson, C

P: Fausto Carmona

Tigers call up Danny Worth

The last of the September call-ups has arrived, with Danny Worth now eligible to return from Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers recalled him on Tuesday, adding the versatile, sure-handed infielder for the playoff chase.

Worth’s numbers with the Tigers, including a .300 average (9-for-30), two doubles and three RBIs, look more productive than his season on the whole with the Mud Hens. However, he finished strong in Toledo, batting .415 (17-for-41) with nine RBIs to finish up with a .256 average on the year.

Also joining the Tigers from Toledo will be Hens manager Phil Nevin, who will serve as an extra coach, and athletic trainer Matt Rankin.

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