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A little more than a week after Bobby Seay was shut down from throwing with bursitis around his left biceps, hes back throwing. He played catch Tuesday morning and felt fine, according to manager Jim Leyland.
Reports that Bobby Seay was only going to miss three days of throwing were probably a bit optimistic. His arm is feeling pretty good today, but he hasn’t even started playing catch yet. He took a cortisone shot in his arm a few days ago, but he couldn’t have thrown.
The bursitis is located more around his biceps than his shoulder, which is good news. But at its worst, he could feel it right down to his bones. After trying to throw through it for the past several weeks, he’s going to have to get it cleared up.
With eight or nine potential starting pitchers and a slew of relievers, speculation has percolated on what the Tigers might be able to do on the trade front by the end of Spring Training. Teams always need pitching, and the Tigers could use some offensive help, right?
Right, but there’s another statement that Leyland likes.
“The old adage that you can never have enough pitching will always hold true,” Leyland said Saturday morning.
“We don’t have too much pitching. I like what we’ve got. I’m really happy with what we’ve got. But the old adage still applies.”
That doesn’t mean that Leyland is against any trades. That’s Dave Dombrowski’s department. But clearly, Leyland likes to have as much pitching as he possibly can.
Leyland cited another phrase of his.
“There’s no such thing as a 12th pitcher for me,” he said. “If you’re going to be good, every pitcher is important.”
As evidence, he cited 2006, when Jason Grilli made some key appearances for them, and Zach Miner proved vital as a fill-in starter for Mike Maroth over the summer.
As far as the lefty relief corps, Leyland didn’t argue the point that they can probably only take three southpaws in the bullpen. But he did point out that Phil Coke and Bobby Seay both have a history of effectiveness against right-handed hitters.
More tidbits from Saturday morning:
- Jose Valverde arrived at camp today and is working out, so all pitchers have reported. Max St. Pierre also reported, leaving Gerald Laird as the lone catcher not in camp yet.
- Magglio Ordonez quietly came in today, quickly grabbed a bat and headed for the cages. He’s ready to go. Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen aren’t here yet, but should be in the next few days.
- On the top of relief pitching, Leyland mentioned a note he received following last year’s tiebreaker loss. “I got a letter from a lady chewing me out for not bringing in Verlander in relief,” he said. That wasn’t going to happen.
- Leyland said he’ll use Valverde similar to how he used Fernando Rodney, bringing him in just for one-inning saves unless it’s an emergency situation, extra innings or he needs work to stay fresh.
Someone asked how getting a line of the day going, so I figured I’d contribute something. I was talking with Bobby Seay about the first day of workouts, and he said he usually keeps his throwing to long toss and flat ground until he gets to camp. So I asked him: How does your arm feel when you’re throwing your first bullpen session:
Seay’s answer: “You have to really question if this is what you do for a living. I’m serious. The first week you throw, it’s just foreign.”
Bobby Seay felt a little bit better again Saturday and was able to work out as he tries to work his way back from a left pectoral strain. He hopes to play catch Sunday and then be ready out of the bullpen Monday for the series opener against the Twins. Jim Leyland, too, sounded optimistic they’ll have him back then.
UPDATE POSTGAME: Seay was at the park Friday night. He said after the game that he’s “shooting for Monday” as far as when he wants to be back and ready. He’ll try to work out Saturday.
Bobby Seay will be out through the weekend series against the White Sox with what the club is calling a mild strain of his minor pectoral muscle. He underwent an MRI today in Detroit which showed no major damage.
No word yet on Bobby Seay, and we probably won’t have any until the clubhouse opens up later today, but take this for what you will: Lefty reliever Clay Rapada, who spent almost the entire season at Triple-A Toledo, will join the team tonight in Chicago.
Rapada was not among the Tigers’ September call-ups despite posting a 2.76 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 45 2/3 innings with the Mud Hens, where the sidearming southpaw owned a 4-2 record. He made two appearances with the Tigers in late April and early May.
Rapada hasn’t pitched in a game since Sept. 4, so I don’t know when he would be game ready. He might only be here to be available in an emergency, since the Tigers were already short a reliever while Armando Galarraga tries to get back to relief ready. Or he might be here in case the Tigers get some bad news on Seay.
The damage to Bobby Seay might’ve been more than just a couple hits. Manager Jim Leyland said they’ll have the lefty specialist checked out by a doctor after he complained of discomfort. Leyland referred to the collarbone. Seay didn’t know for sure, and didn’t want to comment until he was checked out, but he said in general that the problem was around the front of his shoulder.
Until they know the exact problem, there’s no telling how long Seay will be out. As the veteran left-hander in Detroit’s bullpen, he’s a huge loss, leaving rookie Fu-Te Ni as the only southpaw reliever. Ni has had his share of success against difficult left-handed hitters this season, and he could be called on for key situations this weekend.
ST. PETERSBURG — Tigers manager Jim Leyland has spent the last couple of days visiting Rays senior advisor and old friend Don Zimmer in the hospital, as he recovers from four-hour back surgery he had on Wednesday. Leyland said Zimmer is doing better. How does he know this? “He’s still grumpy,” joked Leyland, who shared an assortment of Zimmer stories before Saturday’s game.
From Elias Sports Bureau: Those four perfect innings from Nate Robertson, Bobby Seay, Ryan Perry and Fernando Rodney Saturday marked the first time since 2004 that Detroit’s bullpen had thrown four innings in a game without allowing a runner to reach base.
In case you were curious, that game was June 27, 2004 against Arizona at Comerica Park, one of the walkoff victories against the Diamondbacks that weekend. Danny Patterson replaced Mike Maroth with nobody out in the sixth and retired all four batters he faced before Jamie Walker went 2 2/3 perfect innings with three strikeouts. Detroit came back from a 5-2 deficit to tie it before Carlos Pena hit a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the ninth.
- Granderson, CF
- Polanco, 2B
- Ordonez, RF
- Cabrera, 1B
- Guillen, LF
- Larish, DH
- Laird, C
- Inge, 3B
- Everett, SS
P: Edwin Jackson
- Ian Kinsler, 2B
- Michael Young, 3B
- Josh Hamilton, CF
- Hank Blalock, DH
- Nelson Cruz, RF
- David Murphy, LF
- Chris Davis, 1B
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
- Elvis Andrus, SS
P: Kevin Millwood