August 6th, 2013

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Indians

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Miguel Cabrera is back in the lineup at third base. If you case you missed it, here’s the note on Cabrera from the site last night. The key point is at the bottom …

“The trainer says that he can play the way he’s playing and it’ll still get better,” manager Jim Leyland said after the game. “The only question I had for him is if I’m taking a chance to injure him by playing him, or will it get better as long as nothing freaky happens. And he said it still will. We’ll see how it is tomorrow.”

As long as that’s the outlook, and any discomfort is manageable, I expect Cabrera to keep playing. He might miss a game here and there, but I would be very surprised at this point if he goes on the disabled list unless he really aggravates it.

Don Kelly gets the start in left field over Andy Dirks, and it’s looking more and more like that’s the position where Leyland will fill the sixth spot in the batting order. That’s how he filled it early in the year before Dirks’ struggles and Peralta’s fast start prompted the bump.

On the bright side, Peralta’s suspension means no second guessing over why Leyland would start him against Justin Masterson, considering he’s 2-for-18 with seven strikeouts against him.

Oh, hey, Ryan Raburn is in the Tribe lineup. He has a single and two strikeouts off Justin Verlander.

TIGERS (career numbers off Justin Masterson)

  1. Austin Jackson, CF (6-for-26, 5 walks, 11 K’s)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (10-for-26, 3 HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (12-for-34, 2 HR, 6 walks, 6 K’s)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (6-for-16, HR, 3 walks, K)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH (9-for-19, 5 walks, K)
  6. Don Kelly, LF (8-for-21, HR, walk)
  7. Alex Avila, C (6-for-22, 3 walks, 7 K’s)
  8. Jose Iglesias, SS (0-for-2, 2 K’s)
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B (2-for-16, 3 walks, 4 K’s)

P: Justin Verlander

INDIANS (career numbers off Justin Verlander)

  1. Michael Bourn, CF (5-for-12, walk, 6 K’s)
  2. Nick Swisher, 1B (12-for-65, 3 HR, 10 walks, 24 K’s)
  3. Jason Kipnis, 2B (3-for-19, 4 walks, 8 K’s)
  4. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS (10-for-49, 5 walks, 19 K’s)
  5. Michael Brantley, LF (13-for-32, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  6. Carlos Santana, DH (6-for-26, 3 HR, 4 walks, 5 K’s)
  7. Ryan Raburn, RF (1-for-3, 2 K’s)
  8. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B (3-for-10)
  9. Yan Gomes, C (1-for-2)

P: Justin Masterson

Infante, Dotel begin rehab assignments

On the same day Omar Infante begins a rehab assignment for Triple-A Toledo down the road at Columbus, the Tigers announced that reliever Octavio Dotel will finally begin a rehab stint, this one for the Tigers’ Gulf Coast League team beginning tomorrow night in Lakeland.

When Dotel takes the mound, it’ll be his first real game action since he went on the disabled list in late April. He pitched in some extended spring training games in preparation for a rehab assignment, only to be shut down when he had a flare-up of the elbow inflammation that has cost him most of the season.

By rule, Dotel can rehab in the minors for up to 30 days, which would make sense considering how much time he has missed. If the Tigers take full advantage of that, they can wait until rosters expand Sept. 1 to activate him and not have to send anybody down to make room. He would still be eligible for the postseason because he was on the 25-man roster in April. All the Tigers would have to do if/when he returns is make a move to fit him on the 40-man roster.