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Bonine called up, Dolsi sent back

Eddie Bonine is headed back to join the Tigers again, having been recalled from Triple-A Toledo. He’ll be there Friday for the start of the homestand. Freddy Dolsi was optioned back to the Mud Hens.

As long as Armando Galarraga is fine, Bonine will pitch out of the bullpen, as he did as the start of the season. That isn’t certain yet, and if Galarraga is still iffy for Sunday, it could get tricky for the Tigers. If they have to use Bonine on Friday, though, they could still go to Miner on Sunday if need be.

Reliever swap

By now, you probably know that Freddy Dolsi was optioned to Toledo between games to make room for Eddie Bonine, who was called up to start the nightcap of the doubleheader. Bonine was optioned back to Toledo after the game as planned. Casey Fien, who was closing in Toledo, is coming back up.

Fien got off to a rough start with the Mud Hens this season, but did a very good job of learning on the job and not only throwing strikes, but locating them. He’s 2-1 with a 3.61 ERA and 51 strikeouts over 47 innings for the year. In his last 10 games, however, he allowed just two earned runs on seven hits over 15 1/3 innings, walking three and fanning 19.

By rule, Dolsi has to stay down for 10 days before he can be recalled, unless he’s replacing an injured player. In this case, though, I’m not sure it’s going to matter. If Fien pitches to his capabilities, he could be a useful extra reliever in Detroit.

About that Tiger bullpen today

Jim Leyland has a few more relievers available than you might think. He’ll rest Freddy Dolsi for the rest of the series, and he wouldn’t mind doing the same with Joel Zumaya, but everyone else is available. There was a big box of Cap’n Crunch in the pregame food spread just to make sure.

The one lineup decision made in light of last night’s marathon was at catcher, where Dusty Ryan will get the start. The Tigers will rest Gerald Laird, while Joe Mauer is the DH for the Twins. Both caught all 16 innings last night. In Laird’s case, he’s the first Tiger to catch that many innings in a game since Brandon Inge caught a 16-inning game and a 17-inning marathon in 2003.

Denard Span, meanwhile, is again in the Twins lineup, and Leyland is running out of ideas for how to pitch to him.

“We’ve tried everything,” Leyland said. “We just haven’t been able to get the guy out. Hopefully tomorrow’s another day. He hits .350 off left-handers, and he hits our right-handers, too. We just haven’t been able to get the guy out for whatever reason.

“I don’t know. I’m thinking about throwing [him] the blooper pitch. I’m dead serious, too. I’m not kidding you. I’m thinking about trying to get in his head a little bit and have a guy throw a blooper ball. We did it with Sheffield one time. I’m seriously thinking about it. Throw the old blooper ball, let him wind up, trying to hit it out of the park, maybe get him out of sync for a little bit. Because he kills us. We just don’t get him out.”


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

P: Edwin Jackson


  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Brendan Harris, SS
  3. Joe Mauer, DH
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, LF
  6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  7. Brian Buscher, 3B
  8. Jose Morales, C
  9. Nick Punto, 2B

P: Francisco Liriano

Tigers to call up Dolsi

Freddy Dolsi will get another shot at the big leagues beginning Tuesday, when the Tigers recall the right-hander from Triple-A Toledo. The team announced the move Monday as the follow-up to Sunday’s postgame move that optioned Ryan Perry to the Mud Hens.

The 26-year-old Dolsi is 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA and four saves in 24 appearances with the Hens this year, but has seemingly found his game in June after opponents batted .409 against him in May. Since the start of this month, he has allowed two runs on eight hits over 10 2/3 innings and converted three saves.

Dolsi made 42 appearances for the Tigers last year with a 1-5 record and two saves to go with a 3.97 ERA over 47 2/3 innings. He made an early impression with the club after arriving in May, but fell into command struggles, evidenced by his 28 walks.

UPDATE: Also on Saturday, the Tigers outrighted the contract of catcher Dane Sardinha to Toledo. Detroit designated Sardinha for assignment after Friday’s game, replacing him at backup catcher with prospect Dusty Ryan.

Time to thin out the bullpen

Tigers sent out three relievers this morning. Taiwanese left-hander Fu-Te Ni and right-hander Casey Fien were assigned to Minor League camp. Righty Freddy Dolsi, meanwhile, was optioned to Triple-A Toledo, where Ni and Fien will probably join him in the Mud Hens bullpen.

Monday postgame notes, etc.

JUPITER, Fla. — The Tigers lost, 1-0, to the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. But manager Jim Leyland isn’t too concerned with the offense at this point, considering some of his best hitters are playing in the World Baseball Classic. The pitching, on the other hand, was dominant. One day after yielding 12 runs to the Yankees while walking 10, the Tigers’ pitching staff didn’t walk a single batter while surrendering nine hits.

* Nobody pitched better than Rick Porcello, who started the game and tossed three shutout innings. A lot of it was thanks to a great sinking fastball, which got him five groundouts. “Tonight, I think he showed a lot of poise,” Leyland said.
* Bobby Seay, Brandon Lyon — who gave up the only run — Freddy Dolsi and Clay Rapada combined to pitch six innings of one-run ball, giving up four hits while striking out seven.
* The Tigers struck out 11 times, however. “We just have to do a better job of putting the ball in play and making people handle it a little more,” Leyland said. “[Sunday] it was too many walks, and too many times tonight we swung and missed or didn’t swing.”
* Adam Everett had the only multi-hit game for the Tigers, going 2-for-3 from the leadoff spot. That’s a good sign for Detroit’s shortstop, who had injuries plague his previous two seasons and was 2-for-16 going in.
* Here are some pregame thoughts from Leyland on the World Baseball Classic: “I think it’s
doing a lot for like Venezuela, the Dominican and those places. How much it’s
really doing for the United States, I’m not sure. I think it’s really good for [people in other countries]. They’re really
into it. I mean, they’re taking it like it’s the Caribbean World Series or
World Series, which is great.” 
— Alden Gonzalez

Dolsi feeling better

Freddy Dolsi played catch on Thursday with head athletic trainer Kevin Rand and threw a side session this afternoon and says he feels fine. Asked whether Dolsi is available tonight, manager Jim Leyland said, “I would hope so.”

That gives the Tigers a full bullpen going into tonight’s game, and with Verlander going tomorrow.

The lineup is pretty standard tonight. We’ll see if the Tigers can hit Gavin Floyd this time around. Josh Fields will be playing third this weekend for the White Sox in place of Joe Crede, who was placed on the DL today.

TIGERS (52-49)

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

WHITE SOX (57-43)

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

Bautista DL'ed, Dolsi called up

The Tigers put Denny Bautista on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. An MRI exam turned up negative for any structural damage after he left Friday’s game with shoulder soreness, and he should be ready in about a week. That’s too long, though, for the Tigers to go a man short in the bullpen.

If he’s ready in a week, the Tigers can send him out on a brief rehab stint, which could have the added benefit of letting him work on his command — which Jim Leyland strongly hinted just isn’t good enough right now after his 46-pitch performance for four outs last night.

“Either you have to be resilient, or that’s not good enough,” Leyland said.

Taking Bautista’s place for now will be Freddy Dolsi, who was the recommendation of player development director Glenn Ezell and pitching instructor Jon Matlack. Dolsi threw three scoreless innings with a walk and strikeout for Double-A Erie after striking out 11 batters over 7 1/3 innings with five runs on seven hits for Class A Lakeland.