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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.

Injury updates

Amazing how strange it feels to sleep in past 8:30 after so many days of answering the alarm clock in Spring Training. Still, I wanted to get out some injury updates that didn’t get in last night:

  • Gerald Laird will not make the trip to Legends Field tonight. He’ll be held back with tightness in his left quadriceps. Laird said Thursday afternoon that he felt it tighten up as he ran down the first-base line, kind of the feeling he had when he pulled his hamstring in the past. Manager Jim Leyland said he’s had enough of those kinds of situations over the last 40-some years that he’s going to be cautious about it.
  • Michael Hollimon is not on the travel roster for Friday or Saturday. No word whether he still has the nail on his right middle finger, but regardless, they’re going to give it a couple days.
  • Jeremy Bonderman is supposed to play catch again today at some point, but players who aren’t on the travel roster for tonight’s game don’t have to come in until mid-afternoon.
  • Macay McBride is being backed off his throwing schedule. He last pitched Sunday against the Pirates, and it was a rather long inning with command issues before stranding the bases loaded.

Hollimon leaves game

UPDATE @ 5pm: Tests on Hollimon’s right middle finger came back negative, so there’s no damage to the bones in there. Catcher Max St. Pierre’s throw on a first-inning steal of third caught Hollimon’s finger and pulled back the nail. It isn’t torn off or split or anything, but depending on how it looks Thursday, they still might have to remove it. Gross indeed, but it shouldn’t mean any lost playing time.

Hollimon left Wednesday’s game after one inning, replaced by Mike Hessman.

As for Wilkin Ramirez, he said it was a full collision with Panama first baseman Julio Zuleta, and it shook him up a bit. He and the Tigers said after the game that he’s fine. That’s big, because with Curtis Granderson, Carlos Guillen and Magglio Ordonez all off to the World Baseball Classic, there isn’t a ton of outfield depth in camp.

Good news on Hollimon

hollimon.jpgForgot to mention this last night, but talking with Michael Hollimon at the caravan stop in Toledo, there’s good reason to think that he should be ready for the start of the season. He estimates his left shoulder is at 90-95 strength following surgery to repair a labrum tear last September, and he’s doing all baseball activities in his workouts in Dallas. He’s planning on reporting to Lakeland a couple weeks early and picking up his program under the watch of the Tigers athletic training staff.

There was an initial fear after the surgery that Hollimon could miss half of the 2009 season.

Between Hollimon’s progress and the Tigers’ optimism that Clete Thomas could be back sooner than expected, those are two big pieces of depth at Triple-A Toledo should Detroit face any early-season injuries in the lineup. It also translates into a full season of development for Hollimon, which can only help him and the Tigers depending on how the middle infield pictures looks at season’s end.

Hollimon, Thomas start again

Friday’s lineup is pretty much the same as yesterday, including Michael Hollimon at SS and Clete Thomas in LF. Jim Leyland said he was starting Thomas over Marcus Thames because Thames hasn’t looked like himself at the plate the last few games, that the run of homers might’ve gotten him out of sync. Leyland didn’t go into the reasons for not playing Edgar Renteria today, but Renteria said that he’s feeling fine, and Leyland said Renteria will be back in the lineup on Saturday, so it’s not an injury. Thames also is expected to start again on Saturday.

Here are the full lineups:

TIGERS (38-40)

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

ROCKIES (32-47)

  1. Willy Taveras, CF
  2. Scott Podsednik, DH
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Brad Hawpe, RF
  5. Garrett Atkins, 3B
  6. Jeff Baker, 1B
  7. Chris Iannetta, C
  8. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  9. Clint Barmes, 2B

Hollimon gets first start

Jim Leyland said yesterday he was considering giving Michael Hollimon a start or two this weekend, giving Placido Polanco and Edgar Renteria a day off apiece this weekend. Well, Renteria is dealing with some soreness around his left pectoral muscle, and Leyland still wanted to give Polanco the day off to ward off wearing him down, so they’re both off tonight. Hollimon, who was originally slated to start at second, will start at short instead. Ryan Raburn starts at second base.

Of course, that’s all assuming that this game gets played. It’s raining as of this post, and the radar does not look promising for starting on time. If they can find enough of a window to start this game, though, they might be able to play through the rain. The fact that there’s a FOX game tomorrow at 3:55pm would make for a long day, especially with an early start and West Coast flight tomorrow Sunday.

TIGERS (29-37)

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

DODGERS (31-35)

  1. Juan Pierre, CF
  2. Delwyn Young, LF
  3. Andre Ethier, RF
  4. Jeff Kent, 2B
  5. Russell Martin, C
  6. James Loney, 1B
  7. Andy LaRoche, 3B
  8. Mark Sweeney, DH
  9. Angel Berroa, SS (you might remember him from the Royals a few years back)