July 26th, 2013
Miguel Cabrera is again out of the Tigers lineup. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said he remains day-to-day, but feeling much better than he did earlier in the week. Cabrera took batting practice Friday afternoon, so that’s progress. Whether it was an attempt to make himself available to pinch-hit is unclear.
“We’d rather he miss two or three games than 2-3 weeks,” Rand said.
Torii Hunter is also out. He was originally in the lineup in right field, but was scratched shortly after batting practice began. Andy Dirks will start in right and bat second.
But wait, there’s more. Don Kelly was originally in the lineup at third base, but he too was scratched. No injury was announced with him; this might be a matter of making sure the one guy available off the bench can play as many positions as possible. Ramon Santiago starts at third.
Delmon Young makes his return to Comerica Park for the first time since last year’s World Series, and it’ll be interesting to hear the reception for him from the crowd. The way crowds have reacted (or not reacted) this season, it would not be a surprise if there’s not much either way. Don’t worry, he’ll be the designated hitter.
TIGERS (career numbers off Cole Hamels)
- Austin Jackson, CF
- Andy Dirks, RF (1-for-3, K)
- Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
- Prince Fielder, 1B (8-for-29, 2 HR, 2 walks, 8 K’s)
- Victor Martinez, DH (2-for-8, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
- Jhonny Peralta, SS (1-for-2)
- Hernan Perez, 2B
- Ramon Santiago, 3B
- Alex Avila, C
P: Doug Fister
PHILLIES (career numbers off Fister)
- Michael Young, 3B (6-for-23, K)
- Kevin Frandsen, 1B (4-for-6)
- Jimmy Rollins, SS
- Chase Utley, 2B
- Delmon Young, DH (4-for-12)
- Darin Ruf, LF
- John Mayberry Jr., CF
- Laynce Nix, RF (0-for-3, K)
- Carlos Ruiz, C
P: Cole Hamels
Omar Infante is back in Detroit, but is nowhere near a return to the Tigers. He’s at Comerica Park awaiting an examination on his left ankle, which gave him trouble again Thursday night during his rehab assignment for Class A West Michigan.
Infante said he felt fine at the plate, but felt pain — not soreness, but pain — in his ankle when he tried to to accelerate on the basepaths after getting on base. He also felt some pain pushing off in the field.
“It’s pain, same is in the past,” Infante said.
The Tigers are giving no timetable on an Infante return. At this point, they’re going to have to focus on simply getting him healthy and then move from there. Infante is thinking it might take a while.
“I think maybe one more week, two more weeks,” he said.
As for Darin Downs, he came out of his rehab inning at West Michigan last night feeling fine. The lefty will pick up his rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo, likely pitching Sunday night. Again, there’s no timetable saying that one more rehab outing should do it, but it sounds like he’s getting close. The Mud Hens are home through next week, so the Tigers have ample time to get him ready.