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Tigers part ways with Thames, Treanor

Marcus Thames’ Tigers tenure is likely over. The team removed him from the 40-man roster Friday, the first step towards making the slugging outfielder a free agent.

The move was part of the Tigers’ maneuverings to prepare their 40-man roster. Catcher Matt Treanor also was taken off the roster and will become a free agent. The moves free up spots for Reliever Joel Zumaya and infielder Jeff Larish both of whom were reinstated from the 60-day disabled list as required.

Infield prospect Michael Hollimon also was taken off the DL, but he was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo. Pitching prospect Jay Sborz, who would’ve been a minor league free agent, was added to the 40-man roster.

Thames was eligible for arbitration and was thus expected to be non-tendered this offseason. From that standpoint, Friday’s move makes him a free agent sooner than he would’ve been had the Tigers waited until the December deadline to offer a contract. Nonetheless, it likely ends a career that included several big home runs and torrid stretches in the Tigers lineup, though never culminating in the everyday role he would’ve liked.

Treanor to return this season?

Just got done talking with Matt Treanor, who’s back in the Tiger clubhouse but moving around on crutches after his hip surgery last Thursday. He said the likelihood that he’ll miss the season is news to him.

“I’m going to go about it as if I have an opportunity to play again this season,” Treanor said.

Treanor said he talked after the surgery with the specialist, Dr. Bryan Kelly. He’s going to get some opinions on the timetable coming up. If it sounds certain that he’ll miss the season, he’ll probably go home to rehab, but that he’d like to stick around Detroit when the team’s in town if he has a shot at a comeback.

As far as the lineup goes, it’s pretty much the same as Sunday except that Laird is back in the lineup and batting sixth.

TIGERS

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

P: Edwin Jackson

TWINS

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

P: Francisco Liriano

Treanor's season likely over

Catcher Matt Treanor underwent right hip surgery as expected on Thursday, a procedure that is now expected to cost him the rest of the season according to the team.

Dr. Bryan Kelly performed the operation at the Center for Special Surgery in New York, removing a bone spur that was causing him inflammation. Treanor indicated earlier in the week that he hoped to be back in two to three months, but the surgery was apparently a little more extensive.

If this is it, Treanor’s season ends with an 0-for-13 line at the plate in four games. He was also the catcher for Rick Porcello’s Major League debut. The Tigers signed the 33-year-old to a one-year, $750,000 contract in December after the Marlins non-tendered him.

At this point, the loss is not expected to change the Tigers’ plans at the backup catcher spot, where veteran Minor Leaguer Dane Sardinha has taken Treanor’s place. Sardinha will never be known for his offense, but he has earned a reputation for working well with pitchers.

Treanor to rest a few days

Talked this morning with catcher Matt Treanor, who is under orders to rest for the next few days. His body is still recovering from sports hernia surgery, which is why he did not make the trip to Jupiter. Dane Sardinha is starting at catcher.

Here are the lineups for the latest tilt against the Yankees, who sent several regulars on the short trip from Tampa …

TIGERS

  1. Inge, 3B
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Sheffield, DH
  4. Hessman, 1B
  5. Raburn, RF
  6. Clevlen, CF
  7. Ramirez, LF
  8. Sardinha, C
  9. Everett, SS

PITCHING: Verlander, Rincon, Williamson, Rodney

YANKEES

  1. Melky Cabrera, CF
  2. Johnny Damon, LF
  3. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  4. Jorge Posada, DH
  5. Nick Swisher, RF
  6. Cody Ransom, 3B
  7. Angel Berroa, 2B
  8. Ramiro Pena, SS
  9. Kevin Cash, C

PITCHING: CC Sabathia, Alfredo Aceves, Brian Bruney, Jose Veras, Mark Melancon, Steven Jackson

Tuesday happenings

JUPITER, Fla. — Here are some quick pregame notes that came out before the Tigers-Cardinals game at Roger Dean Stadium:

* Joel Zumaya (shoulder) played catch in Lakeland, Fla., today. Manager Jim Leyland said he’s more than likely going to go ahead and pitch him an inning during an intrasquad game on Saturday — which will also see Jeremy Bonderman pitch. 
* Backup catcher Matt Treanor was originally scheduled to make the trip to Jupiter, Fla., but Leyland scratched him because of lingering issues with his offseason sports hernia surgery. The Tigers’ manager said he isn’t sure how long he’ll be out, but for now, it’s just for precautionary reasons, and it doesn’t seem to be that serious at the moment. Besides, he has no idea what’s on those medical reports anyway. “I’m not a doctor,” Leyland began to joke. “I know I’ve got a heart, it has a beat,
and that’s about it. But other than that, I don’t know anything about that. … We’re going to take it slow [with Treanor].”
* Leyland stressed he isn’t tipping his hat, and that Zach Miner — Tuesday’s starter — still has as good of a chance as anybody to land that No. 5 spot in the starting rotation. But the skipper did have something interesting to say about the 26-year-old right-hander before his outing: “I think he needs to maybe prepare himself for relief. I’m not talking necessarily about right now. … We know he can start — we think he can start and do a decent job. He hasn’t shown for sure that he can relieve as effective as he should. So he needs to do that. … In his case, I think there will always be a situation where somebody may be looking for a little bit more of an edge from the starter, so he needs to learn how to make the adjustments to pitch out of the bullpen.”
* Tigers left-hander Fu-Te Ni is back from pitching with Chinese Taipei — which lost its only two games — and is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday. Ni gave up a run in 1 1/3 innings in the Classic.
* Leyland and Tony La Russa have always enjoyed a great friendship — ever since La Russa brought him to the big leagues as his third-base coach with the White Sox, in fact. Before the game, the Cardinals’ manager had a little fun with Leyland, sending him a lineup with Cardinals greats likes Ozzie Smith, Mark McGwire, Jim Edmonds and Stan Musial, with Bob Gibson pitching. “It was pretty good,” Leyland joked. “If those guys don’t hit today, I know the world’s coming to an end.”
* Score update: It’s the bottom of the third right now, with the Cardinals leading, 2-1. Chris Duncan hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, and Marcus Thames hit a solo shot in the top of the second for Detroit.

– Alden Gonzalez

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