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Larish to have season-ending surgery

UPDATED @ 5:25 PT: If you were looking ahead to Jeff Larish returning to Detroit for a September call-up and a lefty power bat off the bench for the Tigers, well, it won’t be happening. In case you missed it, John Wagner of The Blade in Toledo had the scoop this morning that Larish will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist and hand:

Larish, who had been playing with a wrist injury
before injuring his hand during the team’s series in Columbus, will
leave the team today.

Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand confirmed the surgery, which will be on Larish’s wrist. It’ll be performed in Arizona by Dr. Donald Sheridan, who performed a previous wrist surgery on Larish. They don’t know the extent of the injury yet, but even if it isn’t severe, he won’t have enough time left in the season to get back to action.

Rand said Larish had the injury checked out around the All-Star break in mid-July (the breaks run concurrently between Triple-A and the Majors) but nothing at that point suggested surgery. He played through it and obviously suffered — a .247 average after the break, just .185 in August and a 5-for-36 skid over his final 10 games.

The timetable for a return won’t be known until they figure out what’s wrong in there, so there’s no certainty yet whether this affects any offseason plans. He played an awful lot last offseason between the Arizona Fall League and winter ball, trying to get back up to speed at third base.

Tuesday: Tigers at Twins

Sure enough, Jim Leyland gets hot-hitting Jeff Larish back in the lineup at DH, batting him fifth and keeping Granderson at leadoff.


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

P: Armando Galarraga


  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Matt Tolbert, 2B
  3. Joe Mauer, C
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Jason Kubel, DH
  6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
  7. Joe Crede, 3B
  8. Delmon Young, LF
  9. Nick Punto, SS

P: Kevin Slowey

Rapada up, Larish down

The Tigers will go with a 13-man pitching staff for now. They recalled left-hander Clay Rapada from Triple-A Toledo today and sent utilityman Jeff Larish back to the Mud Hens.

There are two ways to look at this. First, the Tigers were likely going to need another lefty reliever after Bobby Seay worked three straight days. The other is that they really didn’t have much playing time for Larish, who had just 17 at-bats this season. Carlos Guillen’s limitations to DH recently because of his sore right Achilles tendon, plus Josh Anderson’s emergence in left field, worked against Larish.

Larish will make Tigers roster

Look for Jeff Larish to officially be announced for the final bench spot on Detroit’s 25-man roster on Friday, when the Tigers will have a roster move to announce on outfielder Brent Clevlen. He’s out of Minor League options, so the Tigers have to try to pass him through waivers in order to outright his contract to Triple-A Toledo.

The decision had been expected once the Tigers traded for center fielder Josh Anderson and released Gary Sheffield in favor of Marcus Thames earlier this week.

Larish in left

This is the first start in the outfield for Jeff Larish, who has been starting mostly at first base this spring. It’ll be an interesting day for him, a sun-drenched sky with nary a cloud, and a little breezy.

“What’s the difference? Let’s see what he can do,” manager Jim Leyland said before the game.

It should definitely be an interesting OF alignment, with Ryan Raburn in right and Casper Wells in center.

The Twitter page is up and going again. Running late, so here’s the rest of the lineups:


  1. Raburn, RF
  2. Santiago, SS
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Hessman, 1B
  5. Inge, 3B
  6. Larish, LF
  7. Wells, CF
  8. Treanor, C
  9. Sizemore, 2B


  1. Eric Bruntlett, SS
  2. Greg Dobbs, DH
  3. Geoff Jenkins, LF
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B
  5. John Mayberry Jr., RF
  6. Jayson Werth, CF
  7. Mike Cervenak, 3B
  8. Jason Donald, 2B
  9. Lou Marson, C

Larish day-to-day with stiff neck

Jeff Larish’s quest to crack the Tigers’ roster as a utilityman is temporarily on hold. The corner infielder and outfielder was scratched from Friday’s starting lineup and is considered day-to-day with a stiff neck.

Larish was slated to start at first base in Friday’s game against the Blue Jays, but woke up with restricted movement in the left side of his neck. The athletic training staff was able to loosen it up a little bit, but he still felt it during pregame batting practice.

“I’m trying to be optimistic and should be able to go tomorrow [at home against the Mets],” Larish said.

Larish started at third base Thursday against the Nationals. The Tigers are trying to use him at both corners, and they hope to give him some playing time in the corner outfield spots.

Larish scratched with stiff neck

Jeff Larish was in the lineup against the Blue Jays today and made the trip, but was a last-minute scratch after coming up with a stiff neck. Mike Hessman started at first place in Larish’s place.

Here’s the lineup the Tigers have trotted out against Toronto’s Matt Clement:

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Thames, LF
  5. Hessman, 1B
  6. Laird, C
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Timo Perez, RF
  9. Iorg, SS

It’s worth noting that Iorg is making his first start (well, Spring Training start, at least) against his father’s old team.

Pondering Larish's chances

I wrote a story today on the site about Jeff Larish and how he has developed from a stereotypical slugging first baseman into a valued left-handed bat and potential utility player, essentially putting himself in the thick of consideration for a roster spot. You may remember that Jim Leyland said during the winter caravan that Larish is in a battle for the 25th roster spot — essentially the last spot on the bench. I also wrote that it could take some creativity for the Tigers to get him the at-bats to put him on the roster. But I also wanted to get into how that roster looks for now.

Leyland again plans on having a 12-man pitching staff, leaving 13 roster spots for position players. Take the starting nine, and that leaves four roster spots for the bench. Catcher Matt Treanor takes one automatically. Utility infielder Ramon Santiago gets another. One will go to a fourth outfielder, presumably Marcus Thames unless some sort of trade happens. That leaves the spot held last year by Ryan Raburn, who backed up at second base, third base and center field. Though Larish has been mentioned as potentially being able to play the corner outfield spots in a pinch, he clearly can’t play center, so backing up Curtis Granderson would be tricky. Not including Brent Clevlen and Clete Thomas, the only other player on the roster who has recent experience in center field is Brandon Inge. Santiago has never played the outfield in the majors or minors. Could Larish add outfield duties and take the fourth outfield spot, keeping Raburn? Considering the Royals are trying to make Mark Teahen into a second baseman, it’s hard to rule out that kind of move. Still, that would take some work on short notice, and it would take away a valuable right-handed power bat in Thames.

Can the Tigers pull it off? Hard to tell. If they do, they would have a left-handed power bat on their bench. But it would take some creativity. We’ll see how things develop once workouts begin.

Mailbag: Tigers on MLB Network, Clevlen, Jackson, Thomas, Gomez

clevlen06.jpgSome of you might know this already, but we’ve moved away from the mailbag as a published article on the site every week. Quite a few of you seem to like the format, though, so I’m going to try to move it over to the blog in a smaller format and crank out some answers every so often, hopefully once a week. I think it makes more sense on the blog, anyway. It’s more conducive for feedback, and since it’s not actually an article, hopefully there will be less hassle on why I selected certain questions or didn’t answer others.

Anyway …

As a Tiger fan outside of Michigan, I am excited about the MLB Network. Should I be? Are the Tigers going to be featured on it ever or will it be the same Red Sox/Yankees/Cubs/Dodgers games that have been on Fox and ESPN?
– Jeremy H., Hartford, Wisc.

Actually, you’re in luck. The network will be re-airing some 2006 postseason games this weekend, starting with Game 4 of the ALCS Saturday at noon ET and continuing with the first two games of the World Series that night at 6 and 9 p.m. ET. They’ll show Games 3-5 on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. ET, if you wanted to relieve those games, too. Another neat item will be highlights of the 1945 World Series between the Tigers and Cubs on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET.

You can go here for the TV listings.

Okay, say Brent Clevlen does clear waivers and the Tigers outright him to Toledo. What happens with his “options” then, or does he have to clear waivers every time he gets sent down?
– Nick R., Mayville, NY

Clevlen would have to be outrighted and clear waivers each time. Once the options are done, they’re done.

I was sad to see Matt Joyce go, but if Tampa had Andy Sonnastine open for trade talks why not go after him instead of getting Edwin Jackson? He had a better record.
– Ryan C., Greenville

First, Jackson is eligible for arbitration, while Sonnanstine is not. The Rays had more motivation for dealing Jackson and clearing up payroll to add another outfielder. Second, Jackson is arguably more of a stuff pitcher than Sonnanstine. He throws harder and has more in his repertoire. That doesn’t make him more successful, of course, but he fits the profile of the pitcher the Tigers like. And while plenty of people have said this about Jackson over the years, you can still make the case that he has a ton of upside if/when he puts everything together. Pitching coach Rick Knapp’s resume of building strike-throwers fits Jackson very well.

With the signing of minor league free agent Alexis Gomez, do you think that he has a shot of making the team since Matt Joyce is gone?
– Gareth R., Okemos

Probably not at the start of the season, unless the roster picture changes with injuries or other moves. I think moving Joyce means Jeff Larish is the Tigers’ best option for a left-handed bat off the bench, if he wasn’t already, and even he could be in a roster squeeze. Gomez gives the Tigers some depth if they need help during the season, but I think that depends on Clete Thomas (another left-handed hitting outfielder) and how quickly he returns.

Clete Thomas was a nice surprise for the organization last year. He proved that he could hit consistently, and field very well at the Major League level. What do you think will become of Clete this year? Will he earn a roster spot?
– Alan F., Grosse Pointe Woods

If he’s healthy after Tommy John surgery last fall — and keep in mind that position players return from that procedure quicker than pitchers — Thomas is in a very good spot in the organization. He can play all three outfield spots, bats left-handed, has some speed and plays solid defense. Does that mean he can make the team out of Spring Training? It would be tough. Marcus Thames and Ryan Raburn would seemingly have the edge on the reserve outfield spots, especially since Raburn can fill in on the infield as well.

Braden Looper is still unsigned as a free agent picther. Looper had some good years in Florida as a closer and might be a great option for Detroit’s closer. What are the chances of that happening?
– Frank A., Livonia

Not much, by all accounts. Enough teams are looking at Looper as a starter that he’ll probably sign as such. It’s his better route financially, and he has enjoyed starting for the last two years.

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Larish starts at third

With the Royals starting right-handed pitchers all three games this weekend, it appears we’re going to get a look at Larish at third base for the rest of the week. Once Carlos Guillen’s back quiets down, he’ll be the unquestioned starter at third as long as he’s able to play according to Leyland. He’s expected to play again this year, just a matter of when.

Joyce gets the start in the second spot in the order, giving the Tigers a power bat with Polanco off.

TIGERS (64-68)

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

INDIANS (64-67)

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. David Dellucci, DH
  3. Ben Francisco, RF
  4. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  5. Shin-Soo Choo, LF
  6. Ryan Garko, 1B
  7. Kelly Shoppach, C
  8. Andy Marte, 3B
  9. Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B