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Leyland not expecting Guillen to be ready

The Tigers’ winter caravan is off and running here at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, where the Mud Hens are holding their annual Fandemonium event. That includes an appearance from manager Jim Leyland, who talked a little bit about the team. Among the topics:

  • Carlos Guillen — “I don’t think he’s going to be ready to start the season,” Leyland said. “I don’t think [so], but I don’t want to put the cart before the horse.” That doesn’t mean he doubts Guillen is going to be healthy. But Leyland doesn’t expect Guillen far enough long in Spring Training to open the season at second base. “We’re hoping he’s going to be part of the mix at second. He could be a big key for us. He won’t be until he’s ready to play, obviously. But out of all the positions, that’s one where we’re pretty comfortable because we’re pretty solid. I mean, we’ve got some choices — Rhymes, Worth, Sizemore, Santiago. Raburn could play second if he had to. We’re pretty deep there, really.”
  • I followed up with some folks after Leyland’s remarks, and the impression I get is that nothing has changed in Guillen’s status since last month, when Tigers people sounded more optimistic. It sounds like the Tigers are proceeding cautiously because of the nature of the surgery and how rare it is in baseball. If Guillen does have a setback or falls a little bit behind schedule and can’t play in games until the final week or two of Spring Training, they don’t want to be caught unprepared.
  • Third catcher — Leyland wants to make sure somebody is ready for that role, because it’s going to come up late in close games when Alex Avila is on base and Leyland debates whether to use a pinch-runner. To that end, Leyland said Don Kelly is going to catch a little bit this Spring Training. They don’t want him to play much, but they also want him as a little more than an emergency catcher.
  • Pitching coach Rick Knapp said Joel Zumaya is already throwing in Lakeland, has been for a little while, and is on track. Again, the Tigers are being cautious, but they can’t hide their optimism. “I’m praying to God [he] holds up, because he could be a huge weapon for us.”
  • Leyland doesn’t know yet who will hit second in the order. It partly depends on who ends up starting at second base to begin the season. Leyland did say he would like a little bit of speed there.
  • Casper Wells said his left knee, the one he tweaked near the end of his winter ball season in the Dominican, is fine. He should be ready to go.

Saturday: Tigers vs. Indians

Don Kelly is 9-for-17 against the Indians this season. Don Kelly plays tonight. He’s at first base, batting ninth. Miguel Cabrera is the DH. Johnny Damon is off.

TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Raburn, LF
  4. Cabrera, DH
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Peralta, SS
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Kelly, 1B
P: Max Scherzer
INDIANS
  1. Trevor Crowe, CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  4. Travis Hafner, DH
  5. Jayson Nix, 3B
  6. Shelley Duncan, LF
  7. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  8. Jason Donald, 2B
  9. Chris Gimenez, C
P: Josh Tomlin

Leyland sets mix at third base

Sorry so late on this. Scott Sizemore arrived at Comerica Park just before batting practice, but Don Kelly is getting the start nonetheless. Sizemore will start Thursday at third base against Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil, then again Saturday agaisnt Ricky Romero before settling into more regular time at third base as soon as next week.

What happens from there might well depend on the trade market and whether the Tigers find a deal for a third baseman or utility infielder at a reasonable cost. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan tweeted Wednesday that Detroit inquired about Blue Jays slugger and AL home run leader Jose Bautista, who can play third and the outfield.

There’s potentially an interesting dynamic at play with the fact that Brandon Inge is not only out for the next few weeks, but he’s a free agent at season’s end at a position where Detroit has no obvious successors. If Sizemore holds his own there and hits, does third base become a potential home for him in 2011? If the Tigers swing a deal, do they look beyond this season with it?

One more thing on the third-base situation: There’s a misconception that Carlos Guillen didn’t want to move to third base and forced the Sizemore shift. Guillen was willing to move to third if the Tigers asked, but it never got to that point. The Tigers made the decision themselves and left Guillen out of it.

Tuesday: Tigers vs. Rangers

First crack at filling in for Brandon Inge at third base goes to Don Kelly tonight. That does not mean, though, that he’s a longer-term option.

Leyland’s remarks when asked if this is an opportunity for Kelly seemed less than committal.
“I don’t know about that,” Leyland said Tuesday. “He is going to play some. We’ll see how things unfold here. He’s going to get a chance to play some.”
TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, LF
  3. Ordonez, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Raburn, 2B
  7. Avila, C
  8. Kelly, 3B
  9. Worth, SS
P: Armando Galarraga
RANGERS
  1. Elvis Andrus, SS
  2. Michael Young, 3B
  3. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  4. Josh Hamilton, DH
  5. Nelson Cruz, RF
  6. David Murphy, LF
  7. Bengie Molina, C
  8. Chris Davis, 1B
  9. Julio Borbon, CF
P: Tommy Hunter

Tuesday: Tigers vs. Orioles

Austin Jackson gets a regular day off, no injury concerns. Don Kelly takes his place in CF and leads off against O’s rookie Jake Arrieta, who has given up a .373 average (19-for-51) and 1.118 OPS to left-handed batters this year compared with a .160 average (8-for-50) against righties.

TIGERS
  1. Kelly, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS
P: Armando Galarraga
ORIOLES
  1. Corey Patterson, DH
  2. Miguel Tejada, 3B
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Ty Wigginton, 3B
  5. Adam Jones, CF
  6. Matt Wieters, C
  7. Felix Pie, LF
  8. Julio Lugo, 2B
  9. Cesar Izturis, SS
P: Jake Arrieta

Ordonez still out with oblique soreness

Magglio Ordonez remains out of the Tigers lineup and day-to-day with continued left oblique soreness. But as head athletic trainer Kevin Rand admitted, the days are piling up.

Friday’s series opener against the Pirates marked Ordonez’s fourth straight game out of the Tigers’ lineup. The 36-year-old outfielder has played in only one of Detroit’s last six games, and there’s no guarantee he’ll be available to play Saturday.

“We treated him last night and he’s a little bit better today,” Rand said Friday afternoon. “He’s still not the way we want him, but he’s a lot closer today. He feels a lot better about where he’s at.”

Ordonez was examined by team physician Dr. Jeff Michaels once the Tigers returned home Thursday night and diagnosed with general muscle soreness, nothing pulled or strained in a specific muscle. That in itself should be a good sign, but the area in question is one that he feels every time he swings.

“Obviously we put him through a thorough exam with range of motion and strength where we were looking for pain,” Rand said. “The good thing was that he wasn’t able to point specifically where the pain was. It was just soreness in the oblique, especially when he stretched out his side. That’s a lot better today.”

Don Kelly, not Ryan Raburn, is replacing Ordonez in the Tigers lineup tonight.

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Kelly, LF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS

P: Justin Verlander

PIRATES

  1. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Ryan Doumit, 1B
  4. Garrett Jones, RF
  5. Ryan Church, DH
  6. Lastings Milledge, LF
  7. Akinori Iwamura, 3B
  8. Ronny Cedeno, SS
  9. Jason Jaramillo, C

Memorial Day: Tigers vs. Athletics

It’s a day off for Austin Jackson, with Don Kelly filling in for a day. Brennan Boesch returns to the lineup after two days off.

TIGERS

  1. Kelly, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS

SP: Justin Verlander

ATHLETICS

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Daric Barton, 1B
  3. Ryan Sweeney, RF
  4. Kurt Suzuki, C
  5. Jack Cust, DH
  6. Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B
  7. Gabe Gross, LF
  8. Adam Rosales, 2B
  9. Cliff Pennington, SS

P: Trevor Cahill

Sunday: Tigers vs. Red Sox

When we left manager Jim Leyland early Sunday morning, he was toying with the idea of starting Danny Worth at second base for this game. A few hours later, he followed through on it, putting Worth at second and batting him ninth.

Worth didn’t know he was starting when he got into the clubhouse.

“I don’t even know where the lineup is,” Worth said.

It will be a day with three rookies in the Tigers lineup, but not the reigning AL Rookie of the Month. Austin Jackson is getting a rare day off, replaced in center by Don Kelly and at leadoff by Johnny Damon. Ramon Santiago will bat second.

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Ordonez, DH
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Kelly, CF
  8. Avila, C
  9. Worth, 2B

P: Armando Galarraga

RED SOX

  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. Jeremy Hermida, LF
  3. J.D. Drew, RF
  4. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  5. David Ortiz, DH
  6. Mike Lowell, 3B
  7. Jason Varitek, C
  8. Bill Hall, 2B
  9. Jonathan Van Every, CF

P: John Lackey

Wednesday: Tigers at Angels

Alex Avila is back in the lineup for the third time in four days against Jered Weaver, who has held Gerald Laird to 1-for-15 in his career. Manager Jim Leyland pointed out the hard line drives Laird hit right at defenders Tuesday, but 1-for-15 is 1-for-15.

Brandon Inge, meanwhile, gets a game off. He’s 2-for-10 against Weaver, though Leyland talked about the cool, rainy conditions among the reasons to give him this night off. Don Kelly is at third.
TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Damon, LF
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, DH
  6. Kelly, 3B
  7. Avila, C
  8. Santiago, SS
  9. Sizemore, 2B
P: Jeremy Bonderman
ANGELS
  1. Erick Aybar, SS
  2. Bobby Abreu, RF (8-for-14 off Bonderman)
  3. Torii Hunter, CF (14-for-33 off Bonderman)
  4. Hideki Matsui, DH (12-for-24, 3 HRs off Bonderman)
  5. Kendry Morales, 1B
  6. Juan Rivera, LF
  7. Howie Kendrick, 2B
  8. Mike Napoli, C
  9. Brandon Wood, 3B
P: Jered Weaver

Sunday: Tigers vs. Indians

A couple days off for some regular Tigers today: Don Kelly starts in place of Johnny Damon in left field, while Ramon Santiago (8-for-15 career off Jake Westbrook) is at short.

TIGERS

  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Kelly, LF
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, DH
  6. Inge, 3B
  7. Santiago, SS
  8. Laird, C
  9. Sizemore, 2B

P: Justin Verlander

INDIANS

  1. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  2. Grady Sizemore, CF
  3. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  4. Travis Hafner, DH
  5. Jhonny Peralta, 3B
  6. Matt LaPorta, 1B
  7. Luis Valbuena, 2B
  8. Lou Marson, C
  9. Michael Brantley, LF

P: Jake Westbrook

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