Results tagged ‘ Dontrelle Willis ’

Simulated game, simulated results

Freddy Garcia and Dontrelle Willis just finished up their simulated game minutes ago. Both threw about 3-4 innings, it seemed. Willis looked like he had the same type leg movement, maybe not so outstretched when he delivers, and maybe not as much twists. He seemed to change speeds a lot. Garcia was throwing just about everything but the kitchen sink, had guys out in front. We’ll see how players react when the clubhouse opens in a few minutes.

From Toledo

Been here for a little while. Dontrelle apparently is doubtful to make his next turn for the Hens because of his forearm/biceps problem. The story from here is that he felt it warming up in the bullpen before the game, but gave it a go in part because the Hens have been short on pitchers for a while. He threw 82-84 and was out after an inning.

Where does that leave Willis for September? As Jim Leyland would say, that’s a good question.

Not sure if you’ll see photos of Freddy Garcia from this outing, but he seems to be going for the Magglio look. His hair is long, much longer than it ever was in his previous time in the Majors. That doesn’t really mean anything, but I figured I’d throw that out.

Willis out after one inning

UPDATE @ 10pm: Hens manager Larry Parrish told reporters after the game that Willis had tightness in his left forearm. Not sure if that was a lingering issue or something that came up during the game. Willis did not speak to reporters afterwards.

Dontrelle goes 7 1/3, takes loss Sunday

He allowed four runs on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts. He basically kept Lakeland in a 2-1 game going into the eighth with seven straight batters retired — and no hits allowed since a two-run double in the third — before he gave up a leadoff homer and then walked the next batter. It’s his deepest outing to date, and statistically, probably his most encouraging.

Willis tonight at Lakeland

He gave up three earned runs on four hits over 4 1/3 innings with three walks and three strikeouts. He threw 37 of his 73 pitches for strikes. Here’s the story on the site.

Our reporter covering the game, Brittany Ghiroli, was told by someone in the Lakeland Flying Tigers front office that no one would be available for postgame comment and was initially kept out of the clubhouse. Willis eventually talked on his own against those orders, not that anyone in the minors should be trying to tell him what to do in the first place.

Dontrelle back on mound

The good news for Dontrelle Willis was that he didn’t walk anybody in his three innings of work for Class A Lakeland Thursday night. The real good news, in fact, was that he threw 26 of 32 pitches for strikes. The flip side is that he allowed a run on four hits.

The article on includes a quote from Flying Tigers pitching coach Joe Coleman that gives some insight on what they’re trying to do with Dontrelle. From the story:

“Chuck Hernandez and I have been working with Dontrelle to get him
to throw the ball to zones rather than trying to hit spots,” Lakeland
pitching coach Joe Coleman said, referring to his counterpart in

“Tonight’s outing was a very positive step toward
Dontrelle’s return to Detroit,” said Coleman, who had more good things
to say about Reinert.

If your next question is when will Dontrelle pitch again, I don’t have an answer for you. The Tigers have been very secretive about Dontrelle’s schedule and what they’re doing with him, which is what makes Coleman’s comments significant.

Willis debuts for Lakeland

As you could probably tell, I’m off this weekend, but I wanted to drop a note about Dontrelle Willis’ first rehab outing for Class A Lakeland Sunday night. He gave up a run on three walks and a single in his two innings of work, facing 10 batters in the process. No pitch count available in the box score, so no word yet on the split of balls and strikes.

Most of the damage came in his first inning of work, as the play-by-play shows. He gave up the single in between two walks to load the bases with one out before a fielder’s choice ball to right brought in the run.

I’m off for the Minnesota series as well, so you’ll have to talk amongst yourselves for a little while longer. It’s a long stretch off, but it’s basically my all-star break since I’ll be working the all-star game in New York in a couple weeks.

White Sox come to town

By now, I’m assuming everyone saw the Dontrelle Willis option to Class A Lakeland. The reason for him going down to A-ball rather than Erie or Toledo, according to Dave Dombrowski, was that they felt it would be a lower-pressure situation down there, with less attention on him than if he were in the other places. Dombrowski also said he felt like at least part of it was mechanical, which seemed evident last night and runs counter to the previous belief that it might’ve been mental.

As for the candidates to take Saturday’s spot in the rotation, Leyland said Toledo right-hander Eddie Bonine was a “strong possibility.” He also said Zach Miner and Casey Fossum were possibilities if they wanted to stick with the current staff. He also said they could go to Double-A for a starter, but looking at the stats, there seems to be no clear candidate there.

Anyway, the lineups …

TIGERS (26-37)

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Cabrera, 1B
  6. Larish, DH
  7. Renteria, SS
  8. Rodriguez, C
  9. Clevlen, LF

WHITE SOX (37-26)

  1. Orlando Cabrera, SS
  2. A.J. Pierzynski, C
  3. Carlos Quentin, LF
  4. Paul Konerko, 1B
  5. Jim Thome, DH
  6. Jermaine Dye, RF
  7. Nick Swisher, CF
  8. Joe Crede, 3B
  9. Alexei Ramirez, 2B


Dontrelle to start Tuesday, Guillen working out in LF

Leyland revealed his bigger changes after the game.

  1. Dontrelle Willis and Armando Galarraga will both pitch on Tuesday, with Willis getting the start and Galarraga relieving him. Essentially, that day’s going to be a piggyback start day, like what some teams do with pitchers in the lower levels of the minors.
  2. Carlos Guillen is taking fly balls in left field. There’s no timetable on giving him playing time out there or whether they’ll actually start him there eventually — Thames is going to keep starting in left for the foreseeable future — but Leyland wants to have that as an option in games so that he can start Inge at third some days and still have Guillen in the lineup somewhere other than DH.

Cabrera moves to sixth spot, pitching shift coming

The only immediate change to come out of Leyland’s brainstorming session Thursday was Miguel Cabrera’s move from fifth to sixth in the batting order. Marcus Thames gets the fifth slot as Leyland tries to ride the hot bat, but even if he cools off, that might not move up Cabrera. Inge is catching tonight, but Leyland said that Pudge will catch the day games Saturday and Sunday.

There’s a pitching move coming, but Leyland wouldn’t yet get into what it is. Given Dontrelle Willis’ situation, it might well moving a current starter into a relief role and slotting Willis (who hasn’t pitched since last Friday) back in. Leyland also said they have to start preparing for guys coming back off the DL. That includes Fernando Rodney and Joel Zumaya, who are set to be sent out on minor-league rehab assignments in the next few days.


  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Guillen, 3B
  4. Ordonez, RF
  5. Thames, LF
  6. Cabrera, 1B
  7. Larish, DH
  8. Renteria, SS
  9. Inge, C