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9/5 pregame happenings: Zimmer, Rodney, Kelly

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. 

* Leyland confirmed he’ll give Fernando Rodney a day off after throwing 35 pitches on Friday night. The 32-year-old right-hander has pitched in four of the last six days. Either righty Brandon Lyon or lefty Bobby Seay will likely get the ball if Saturday presents a save situation. Leyland is kicking around probably giving Rodney Sunday off, too. That would give him at least three days without entering a game, with Monday being an off-day.
* Leyland on Rodney chucking the ball into the press box after his latest save: “It doesn’t bother me at all because … obviously, there was no intent to do anything wrong. I’ve seen 30 balls thrown in the stands during batting practice every night, I’ve seen third-base coaches throw them into the stands, over the dugout. I don’t pay any attention to that kind of stuff.”
* The rotation after this series: Rick Porcello on Tuesday, Justin Verlander on Wednesday, Jarrod Washburn on Thursday and Edwin Jackson (Sunday’s starter) on Friday. Porcello would be on normal rest for Sunday, possibly leaving Saturday open for either Armando Galarraga or Nate Robertson. Leyland said Robertson is “on hold.”
* Utility man Don Kelly, recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday, was in the visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field. He’ll be a welcome addition after the Tigers used all four of their lefty hitters on Friday. The Tigers were originally planning on bringing him up on Tuesday, but after what happened Friday, they hurried him along.  
* The Tigers likely won’t be calling up any more players this month, but Toledo Mud Hens manager Larry Parrish will join the club at some point.
* Dontrelle Willis will make one more start for Triple-A Toledo tonight, as their season comes to an end on Monday. 
— Alden Gonzalez

Washburn to be skipped, Galarraga to start

After Jarrod Washburn and Jim Leyland met to discuss his achy left knee, they agreed to have him skip a start. It isn’t going to be a cure for his knee, they both agreed, but Washburn said it helped him when they skipped him a turn in Seattle back in May.

“I got skipped once earlier in Seattle, and it quieted it down a little bit, so that the pain level was tolerable,” Washburn said. “So we decided to give it another try.”

It didn’t make the problem go away, Washburn said, but it made the pain more tolerable.

“Any doctor that’s seen it told me there’s probably some cartilage damage in there,” Washburn said, “so it’s probably not going to go away.”

So he’s scheduled to skip Saturday and start instead next Thursday, Sept. 10 at Kansas City. Washburn also took an anti-inflammatory shot in the knee Wednesday.

Taking his place Saturday will be Armando Galarraga, who was originally scheduled to make a start Friday for Triple-A Toledo. He’ll instead be recalled Saturday.

Washburn downplays sore knee

Jarrod Washburn wasn’t saying much about the situation with his knee Wednesday after an online report Tuesday night said he was pitching through knee soreness.

Washburn acknowledged the issue, but said it’s in his left knee, not his right.

“I don’t think that’s new news,” said Washburn, who added that it’s the same thing he’s been dealing with for four months since early in the season with Seattle.

Indeed, Washburn had a start pushed back in late May after feeling tightness above his left knee in his previous outing. He has been wearing a brace every time he pitches since then. Teammate Mike Sweeney told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer back in June that the knee “is killing him,” that he could barely walk between starts, but he hasn’t shown any trouble like that since he’s been here. He has been walking like a normal 35-year-old. And he has no tests or anything else scheduled.

“It’s the same knee [as before],” Washburn said at his locker. “Other than that, I’m not talking about it.”

Washburn and manager Jim Leyland talked Wednesday before the game.

It probably wouldn’t have popped up an issue had Washburn not struggled for most of his starts since the July 31 trade.

Washburn joins Tigers after crazy Friday

Jarrod Washburn actually did arrive into Cleveland to join the Tigers Friday night — late Friday night. His flight from Texas was so late, in fact, that he figured the Tigers game was over. Then he turned on the TV at the team hotel and saw the game was in the 13th inning.

“I figured when I drove by and the lights were still on, they were cleaning the stadium up,” Washburn said.

Not that it mattered, since he wouldn’t have been used anyway, but it was the fitting cap to his first trade experience.

“I’d seen it, but never been through it,” said Washburn, dealt from the Mariners to the Tigers hours before Friday’s nonwaiver trade deadline. “It was tiring. It was a crazy day. My phone never stopped ringing. Text messages were coming in. I was trying to get organized as much as I could. Now that I’m at the ballpark, it’s getting back to normalcy.”

Friday was craziness, especially with Washburn going to a team where he really doesn’t know anyone, but he was somewhat prepared for it. When he hit the road with the Mariners Wednesday for Texas, he had some extra luggage with him.

So when Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski called him Friday and asked him if he needed any time to fly back to Seattle and pick up some stuff, Washburn said he was all good.

“I packed just in case,” he said. “I figured it was always easy to unpack when I got home if nothing did happen. Or I wouldn’t have to fly back to Seattle again. I packed for the rest of the season.”

How many suitcases did that involve?

“Just two,” Washburn said. “I’m easy.”

His next flight, the quick hop over Lake Erie to get from Cleveland to Detroit, will be a lot quicker than the last couple he has taken. Nonetheless, he’s entering a whole new world for him. As the Wisconsin native pointed out, he has been a West Coast player his whole career.

“I don’t know a soul here,” he said. “I’ve played against a lot of these guys.”

The way he pitched them over seven scoreless innings a couple weeks ago at Comerica Park, someone pointed out, he sure seemed to know the Tigers.

“Well,” he said. “it wasn’t long ago, last year around the same time, that it looked like they knew me pretty well.”

Actually, it was May 21, 2008, against at Comerica Park. The Tigers knocked him silly for nine runs on 12 hits over 2 1/3 innings. One out of every five pitches he threw that night went for base hits. His ERA jumped from 5.56 to 6.99, and his record dropped to 2-6 on his way to a 5-14 season.

The difference between then and now, Washburn said, comes down partly to a former Tigers coach. Rick Adair, who was on manager Buddy Bell’s staff in Detroit from 1997 to ’99, took over as Seattle’s pitching coach under new manager Don Wakamatsu last year, and made a mechanical tweak in Spring Training.

“It’s a little tiny thing, just rotating my hips a little,” Washburn said. “From there, it’s taken off. Everything’s become more sharp. I have a sinker that sinks. My fastball goes in both directions. Changeup’s a little better and my breaking pitches are a little sharper. Just that little mechanical adjustment has made everything that much better.”