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Robertson in line for Sunday start

Just got back from Tigers clubhouse, where not surprisingly, Nate Robertson appears to be in line for that Sunday start at Minnesota in Jarrod Washburn’s place. Jim Leyland said Robertson is scheduled to throw an extended bullpen session Thursday, which should determine whether he feels well enough to start. If he can go, the Tigers are set in their rotation. If he can’t, well, Leyland hasn’t said it, but one would think he might have to revisit his plans for Zach Miner at that point.

Tigers' latest pitching conundrum

OK, here’s what we know about the Tigers’ pitching situation:

  • Jarrod Washburn’s left knee injury is more than just simple soreness. It’s now swelling, and it isn’t getting any better. And as it is now, he can’t pitch through it, leaving his next turn Sunday at Minnesota unlikely.
  • Because the Tigers don’t have an off-day until Monday, and Eddie Bonine would seem unlikely to start again on short rest, the Tigers can’t simply skip the spot for a turn.
  • Armando Galarraga is now available to pitch out of the bullpen, but he said the inflammation in his right elbow most likely won’t allow him enough pitches in an outing to start again this year.
  • Nate Robertson felt fine moving around Tuesday after three days of rest following his diagnosis of pelvic inflammation. He’ll try to throw a short side session Wednesday. If he can, he figures he’ll be available in the bullpen. Of course, that plan came before Washburn’s setback Tuesday night.
  • Zach Miner pitched effectively for two innings Tuesday, but manager Jim Leyland wanted to stop him there so that he could be available in the coming days. However, Leyland said, “Zach will remain in the bullpen.”
  • Jeremy Bonderman, the only other pitcher in the Tigers bullpen with recent starting experience, isn’t stretched out to start.
  • Leyland said he has no idea who will start Sunday, but planned to discuss his options with coaches Wednesday.

How Robertson feels in his bullpen session would seemingly play a major role in how the Tigers proceed. If he’s fine, he makes the Tigers’ options easier. If he isn’t, well, it becomes more complicated, and it gets a little closer to the “absolutely necessary” condition that Leyland placed on the possibility of starting Miner when he talked about it last week.

Robertson leaves with groin strain

Word from the Tigers is that Nate Robertson left Friday’s game with a
left adductor strain, essentially a groin strain. The replay on his
final hit allowed, Vernon Wells’ double to right, shows Robertson
possibly tweaking something in that area when he rushed to cover home
plate as Adam Lind rounded third.

UPDATE: Robertson underwent an MRI late Friday night to determine the severity. At the very least, manager Jim Leyland said, he is expected to miss his next turn in the Tigers rotation. Catcher Gerald Laird indicated that the injury seemed to be bothering him well before that play.

Robertson still on track for Friday start

Yes, Nate Robertson was back in the bullpen Tuesday, earning the final two outs of the eighth inning in Tuesday’s 7-5 loss. However, it doesn’t change his status in the Tigers rotation. He’s still set to start Friday against the Blue Jays.

Because that assignment comes more than a week since his last start, Leyland said he wanted to get Robertson into a game appearance on what would’ve otherwise been a day for him to throw a side session. Robertson knew he had a good chance to pitch Tuesday, so he was ready for it. Considering Leyland used both of his lefty relievers in the seventh inning, there was a use for Robertson at the end.

Galarraga out, Robertson in

ST. PETERSBURG – After Sunday’s come-from-behind 5-3 win,
Jim Leyland’s starting rotation shrunk from six to five.

Coming off a Saturday outing when he gave up six runs in
just 2 1/3 innings of work, the Tigers’ skipper announced that Armando
Galarraga was going to be used out of the bullpen and Nate Robertson would continue
to be a starter.

Sunday starter Edwin Jackson will be given an extra day of
rest and start on Saturday, and Robertson will go in the series opener against
the Blue Jays on Friday.

How long Robertson will go on as the starter is still
unknown, but Leyland isn’t looking at it as a one-shot deal.

“I am thinking Galarraga is out of the rotation and maybe
Nate can go on,” Leyland said. “I’m hoping [Robertson is] pretty fresh, and
that can be big for us. But I’m not going to start Galarraga at this time.”

Galarraga, battling some right elbow inflammation, was
originally slated to start for Triple-A Toledo on Friday but started in the big
leagues on Saturday so Jarrod Washburn could rest his balky left knee.

Leyland said prior to Sunday’s game that he didn’t think
anything was physically wrong with Galarraga, but after he gave up four hits
and three walks and threw 54 pitches before even getting out of the third, he
knew it was time to make a change.

“I just don’t think things are totally right,” Leyland said.
“At this juncture, I’m not planning on starting him – at this juncture. But
saying that, maybe a little more rest, we can tinker around in the bullpen a
little bit there, depending on Washburn. We’ve still got some things up in the
air, so I can’t set anything in stone, but my intention right now is not to
start him.”

– Alden Gonzalez

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

Robertson set for Thursday

Manager Jim Leyland announced today that Nate Robertson
indeed will start Thursday, as expected. That slot was listed as TBA as
recently as this morning.

Robertson threw a side session yesterday in preparation for
that report, and with Armando Galarraga starting Friday for Triple-A Toledo and
Eddie Bonine ticketed for relief work, there weren’t really any other internal
options except maybe Zach Miner.

Robertson threw 70 pitches his last time out, so if you
expand that out by 10-15 pitches — which teams usually do with pitchers during
rehab assignments — that would put Robertson’s pitch count around 80-85
pitches.

“I hope he can throw 80-85,” manager Jim Leyland
said, “but that will depend on the results. We have some extra ammo now
[with three September call-ups in the bullpen].”

Galarraga to Toledo, Robertson to start Saturday

Nate Robertson is returning to the Detroit Tigers to start. Armando Galarraga is heading to Triple-A Toledo to basically recuperate.

The Tigers announced Wednesday that they’ve optioned Galarraga to the Mud Hens for what is expected to be a 10-day stay, the minimum required for a player optioned out unless he replaces an injured player. The right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start for Detroit Friday with inflammation in his throwing elbow.

Taking his place while he’s out will be Robertson, who will make his first Major League start in over almost a full year. The veteran left-hander, who spent the first half of the season in the Tigers bullpen before going on the DL for surgery to remove tissue masses from his left elbow.

Robertson will be activated from the disabled list and start against the Rays on Saturday. Rookie Rick Porcello, who was originally scheduled to pitch Saturday, will be moved up to pitch in Galarraga’s old spot Friday.

Galarraga’s inflammation is not expected to be serious. Since rosters will have been expanded beyond 25 players by the time he’s eligible to be recalled, the Tigers won’t need to make a return move to make room for him when he’s ready. If it works out as planned, it’ll be a shorter absence than if the Tigers had placed him on the DL.

Robertson rehab update

Nate Robertson’s second rehab outing for Triple-A Toledo saw the left-hander hit for five runs (just two earned) on four hits over 1 2/3 innings with a walk and three strikeouts against Gwinnett, the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate. A leadoff fielding error rendered three of Gwinnett’s four second-inning runs unearned against Robertson, who threw 32 of his 51 pitches for strikes. That was right around the Tigers’ target of 45-50 pitches for him.

Robertson was started on three days’ rest after throwing around 40 pitches Tuesday. From here on out, he’ll be on a standard schedule of starting every five games or every five days.

Bonderman, Robertson to rehab for Toledo Tuesday

Tigers pitchers Jeremy Bonderman and Nate Robertson will begin their Minor League rehab assignments at Triple-A Toledo Tuesday night.

Robertson is scheduled to throw two or three innings, or about 40 pitches. Bonderman will follow with one inning, or about 25 pitches. With that, they’ll begin what is expected to be a lengthy rehab process to build up their arms before they rejoin the Tigers for late-season call-ups in the bullpen.

Robertson said Friday, after both of them threw in a simulated game, that the goal was to be ready at the end of August, right around the time active rosters expand from 25 players to up to 40. But given manager Jim Leyland’s reaction, that shouldn’t be taken to mean that they’ll be shuffled off to the back of the bullpen for token work.

“I think there’s a strong possibility,” Leyland said, “that both of them, in some way shape or form, at some point, for the rest of the season could be very important for us. But they have to get back to pitching shape. I want them to be pumped up. I think they’re both pumped up right now. I think that’s a wonderful thing. But you still have to go out and do it and get back into a routine.”

That will be the focus for them. While they’ll be groomed for relief roles when they get to Detroit, the Tigers still want to stretch them out and make sure their arms are strong enough to handle the workload. That proved to be a problem with Bonderman when he tried to come back earlier this year, culminating in a rough outing against the White Sox in early June.

So far, that has been Bonderman’s lone outing as a Tiger this year. He missed the start of the season with lingering shoulder problems after last summer’s surgery to correct a circulatory problem.

Robertson opened the season in the bullpen, but eventually complained of elbow trouble in June. He had surgery about five weeks ago to remove four tissue masses from the elbow area, where they were believed to be interfering with a nerve and restricting his throwing motion.

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