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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.

Boesch to have season-ending surgery on right thumb

The Tigers and Brennan Boesch tried all they could to get him back to playing, but in the end, the torn ligament in his right thumb still isn’t allowing him to swing. So they’re going to go ahead and schedule surgery to repair it, which will end his season.

Boesch and the Tigers will try to set up the surgery for this week while the Tigers are in Cleveland, where noted hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham is based. He’s been taking care of Boesch ever since he tore the ligament on a swing against the Indians at Progressive Field last month.

The good news for the Tigers is that he should be fine for Spring Training. The bad news, of course, is that any postseason run is going to have to take place without him.

“We tried everything,” Boesch said. “We started with injections, moved on to the protective pad [on the batting glove] that didn’t work. So basically I was trying to change my swing in order to get back out there. I wasn’t able to do a swing that would allow me to compete. We tried everything we could. It’s the most frustrating thing I’ve ever had to deal with, but it’s part of the game.”

You might also remember from the other day that he tried wearing a splint that helped out Jeff Francoeur when he played through a similar tear two years ago. But as mentioned yesterday, the swings are too different. Boesch’s swing puts too much pressure on his bottom hand.

“It’s very painful,” Boesch said. “The ligament is torn and it’s in my bottom hand. Anyone who has watched my swing, it’s not a soft, easy swing. It’s a violent swing. Every swing I took since I had the injury, I felt it to varying degrees.”

The recovery process, he said, is relatively easy. However, even if he had the surgery tomorrow, the process of getting back to a Major League swing, not simply getting healthy, would take too long to have him ready for any part of the postseason. He’ll stick around with the team and travel with them, but won’t be active.

“Next season won’t be impacted in any way,” Boesch said. “I’ll have a full offseason to recover and be back for next year.”

As for this year, replacing Boesch falls on Magglio Ordonez and Andy Dirks. If Ordonez keeps hitting like he has this week, replacing that production becomes a lot easier.

Alburquerque throwing, Boesch not swinging

Mixed news on the Tigers injury front today. The good news for them came from Al Alburquerque, who was cleared to begin throwing again and was set to throw a side session this afternoon. Jim Leyland told MLB Network Radio that they hope to have him ready to come off the 15-day disabled list around Sept. 1, and he echoed that sentiment to reporters later.

Alburquerque hasn’t pitched in a game since Aug. 9. While he has been out, Phil Coke has found his old form to take over a big role in setup duties, and Ryan Perry has made an impression with his consistency. Add Alburquerque to this group, and the Tigers bullpen looks a lot deeper than it did a couple months ago.

“That would be music to our ears if we could get him going,” Leyland said.

The flip side of that is the situation they face with Brennan Boesch, who has been diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar colateral ligament in his right thumb. He’s going to need surgery, but the Tigers are hoping they can get it comfortable enough that Boesch can play out the season and then have offseason surgery.

“What we’re trying to do,” head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Monday, “is work with the stability of the thumb.”

Boesch pulled with sore thumb

The Tigers already knew they were going to be without Miguel Cabrera on Thursday due to paternity leave. They’ll now have to get through the series finale against the Rays without Brennan Boesch, who left Wednesday’s game with soreness in his previously injured right thumb.

Boesch had played through the injury for a week and a half after injuring it on the last road trip, but it had been an increasing concern in recent days. After three strikeouts in as many at-bats Wednesday, manager Jim Leyland made the decision to replace him in right field with Don Kelly once Alex Avila’s home run tied the game.

“His thumb’s sore,” Leyland said after the game. “It’s been bothering him. He’s not going to play tomorrow.”

Boesch has been struggling statistically in recent days. Though he’s 6-for-24 since returning from the injury, he has eight strikeouts in his last 18 at-bats. He only has one extra-base hit since his return, a double last week.

His absence likely means Magglio Ordonez will get his second start of the series.

If the thumb injury lingers, it’s a concern for the Tigers heading into the stretch. They’ve found offensive production batting Boesch second between speedy Austin Jackson and recent acquisition Delmon Young.

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.


  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

Wednesday: Tigers at Angels

Sorry about not posting the lineup last night. I thought I had, but apparently it only went in as a draft rather than going live. For some reason, posting from my phone seems to be a problem for that right now.

Brennan Boesch was originally in the starting lineup after taking a foul ball off the inside of his right knee last night. But he said a little bit ago that he can’t go, at least not anywhere near full strength.

“I just in there out of hope,” Boesch said, “but I don’t want to go out there at 50 percent. It’s not fair to Brad, somebody going out there [who can’t cover ground in the outfield].”

Thus, it’s a return to outfield duty for Don Kelly, and a shift to the third spot for Andy Dirks. Ramon Santiago, who was set to bat ninth, is now batting second.


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

P: Brad Penny


  1. Maicer Izturis, SS
  2. Torii Hunter, RF
  3. Bobby Abreu, LF
  4. Vernon Wells, DH
  5. Howie Kendrick, 2B
  6. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
  7. Mark Trumbo, 1B
  8. Hank Conger, C
  9. Peter Bourjos, CF

P: Tyler Chatwood


Reactions to Tigers’ share of division lead

How much stock do the Tigers put in moving into a virtual tie atop the AL Central in June? Depends on who you ask.

  • Alex Avila: “It’s nice to get there. It definitely means something, because that’s what we’re working towards. We want to win as many games as possible and be in first place [at season’s end]. That’s the goal. But at this point, that’s not something we’re focused on. We’re trying to win the game that day.”
  • Brennan Boesch: “It feels good. It’s a long way to go obviously, but the Indians were playing such good baseball early on that it just shows that this team, when we put our heads down and play hard, that we can be a force to be reckoned with and it feels good to be there right now.”
  • Max Scherzer: “Yeah, it feels good, but we’ve got [about] 100 games left. That’s a lot of games. A lot of things can happen. But you’ve got to love the talent on this team. You’ve got to love what our offense is doing, love what our pitching staff’s doing. We’re in a real good position, and we’re starting to really come on strong. I definitely like our team.”
  • Austin Jackson: “It definitely is [a sense of satisfaction], but we’ve still got a long way to go. We understand that. We just need to keep playing good baseball and just take care of what we can take care of.”

V-Mart likely batting 5th upon return

The question came up this morning: When Victor Martinez returns from the disabled list this coming week, would he go back to batting fifth? Or would he bat somewhere else in the order.

The answer appears to be fifth.

“If he’s ready, I’ll probably put him right there behind Miguel right away,” Jim Leyland said.

That doesn’t seem to rule out moving him to, say, the third spot down the road. But it seemingly rules out an immediate change.

It’s an interesting conflict. Move Martinez to third, and it gives potentially a hotter hitter in front of Miguel Cabrera, not to mention a different look if the top of the order can get on base for the third guy. But that would remove the veteran run producing bat behind Cabrera, and we all saw what happened with that on Saturday.

Home opener: Tigers vs. Royals

Even as Detroit home openers go, this weather is pretty bad. It’s a steady, heavy rain coming down as of 11 a.m. on a cold, damp morning. A look at the radar, though, suggests it should clear out early this afternoon. Doesn’t mean it’ll be a beautiful day, but it’ll be playable, and it won’t be winter.

This weekend? Nice.

You might remember Jim Leyland was weighing Boesch or Raburn in the starting lineup today. Boesch is 3-for-9 against Royals starter Kyle Davies, while Raburn is 7-for-14. In the end, it appears Boesch’s hitting this week won out. He’s in left field, with Raburn on the bench.

The rest of the starting lineup:


  1. Austin Jackson, CF
  2. Will Rhymes, 2B
  3. Magglio Ordonez, RF
  4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Brennan Boesch, LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Brandon Inge, 3B

P: Max Scherzer