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Polanco leaves game as precaution

Ramon Santiago pinch-hit in the eighth inning Saturday for Placido Polanco, who left the game as a precaution when his left leg stiffened up. But both Polanco and manager Jim Leyland said after the game that it’s nothing to worry about.

Polanco took a Seth McClung pitch off his left quadriceps in the sixth. He stayed in the game and came around to score on Marcus Thames’ single two batters later, then played two more innings in the field.

The quad didn’t immediately stiffen up, Polanco said, but just got progressively sore.

“It got a little tight — nothing major, nothing bad at all,” Polanco said. “It’s just sore, and I don’t want it to get worse. I just didn’t want to be half-stepping out there.”

Manager Jim Leyland said he was already planning to rest Polanco on Sunday in favor of Santiago, which he has done several times on day games before off-days. Combined with Monday’s off-day, that’ll give Polanco two days off before Tuesday’s series opener against the Cubs.

Different look up top

A day after the top third of Detroit’s lineup went 0-for-12 with two balls hit out of the infield, the Tigers did a little shifting for a day. Placido Polanco was already set to get the day off, so Ramon Santiago both plays and hits second. Josh Anderson is batting leadoff for the first time in two weeks.

Jim Leyland said Sunday morning that Granderson seems like he’s not getting in a good position to hit, instead getting caught in between. But as Leyland pointed out, Granderson can get back to hitting well in a hurry.

“He’s always been kind of a streaky guy,” Leyland said. “But we have to get him going, no question.”


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

P: Dontrelle Willis


  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  3. Todd Helton, 1B
  4. Matt Murton, LF
  5. Ryan Spilborghs, RF
  6. Garrett Atkins, DH
  7. Yorvit Torrealba, C
  8. Clint Barmes, 2B
  9. Ian Stewart, 3B

P: Jason Hammel

Zumaya plays catch again

Joel Zumaya played catch again on Friday, this time from 90 feet. No timetable yet on when he might throw a side session; that will probably wait until the medical staff sees how he feels tomorrow morning.

Other injury news …

  • Placido Polanco said he felt fine after bruising his left thumb and right pinky finger on a hit-by-pitch Thursday night. He had three at-bats and a two-run single Friday.
  • Marcus Thames still has to get treatment on his strained abdominal muscle, but he’s back in playing shape. He had two hits and a walk in three plate appearances.

Monday happenings

JUPITER, Fla. — Here are some tidbits from batting practice before the Tigers-Marlins game this afternoon:

* Manager Jim Leyland said right-handed starter Jeremy Bonderman and reliever Joel Zumaya (shoulder) should be on track to be on the Tigers’ pitching staff by Opening Day. Bonderman will pitch in a simulated game Saturday in Lakeland, Fla. Zumaya will get some work in Lakeland, Fla., on Tuesday and can also pitch on Saturday — perhaps an inning. 
* In terms of Macay McBride, who was stopped from pitching in an intrasquad game on Sunday because of lingering elbow problems and is currently on the shelf: “He’s not feeling very good right now. We’re shutting him down for a while with some medication, and we’ll just see how that plays out.”
* There were a lot of familiar faces for Leyland — who guided the Marlins to the franchise’s first World Series in 1997 — as he strolled through the field at Roger Dean Stadium for BP. There were also some former Tigers in catcher Mike Rabelo and center fielder Cameron Maybin — whom he shared a quick greeting with.
* A couple of other notable faces: First baseman Albert Pujols of the Cardinals — the team that shares Roger Dean Stadium with the Marlins — watched some BP. And Leyland had a chance to speak with Dolphins vice president of football operations Bill Parcells, as well as former GM of the Packers Ron Wolf. “We were just talking about philosophy. About how they go about [bringing in] players. … It’s fun to see how they think. And they’re great guys. They love baseball.”
* Adam Everett and Placido Polanco will be heading back to Lakeland, Fla., after tonight’s game. Third baseman Brandon Inge and catcher Gerald Laird will be playing on Tuesday. So will Marcus Thames, whose wife just had a baby boy — named Marcus Jr.
*Tentative pitching schedule down the road: Edwin Jackson will go on Friday, Dontrelle Willis and Nate Robertson will piggy-back each other on Saturday, and Rick Porcello will throw again on Sunday. The Tigers have an off-day on Thursday.
* Score update: Heading into the top of the fifth now, still scoreless. Porcello had a great outing, pitching three scoreless innings with a strikeout and five hits. Probably most important to Leyland: no walks. … The Tigers did commit two errors in the first inning, by Porcello and Polanco.
— Alden Gonzalez

Checkin' in from Jupiter

JUPITER, Fla. — Jason Beck is going to be off a for couple of days, and I, Alden Gonzalez, will be your tour guide while the Tigers face the Marlins and Cardinals on Monday and Tuesday at Roger Dean Stadium. It’s 4 p.m. ET now, and I see Detroit’s bus just pulled in. Manager Jim Leyland is expected to give a more definite timetable today on when Jeremy Bonderman (shoulder) will pitch next — I’ll update you on that as I get it.

Notable names traveling with the team today: Brandon Lyon, Adam Everett, Placido Polanco and Timo Perez. 
On to the lineups:
Everett, SS
Polanco, 2B
Clete Thomas, DH
Mike Hessman, 3B
Ryan Raburn, RF
Jeff Larish, 1B
Brent Clevlen, CF
Timo Perez, LF
Dusty Ryan, C
Starter: Rick Porcello
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B
Cameron Maybin, CF
Jeremy Hermida, LF
Dallas McPherson, 1B
Dan Uggla, 2B
Cody Ross, RF
Jay Gibbons, DH
Robert Andino, SS
Brett Hayes, C
Starter: Josh Johnson
— Alden Gonzalez

13 Tigers on World Baseball Classic rosters

Before you read the list, keep in mind two things: These are 45-man provisional rosters, not the final 28-man rosters that will be announced next month, so a few of these guys might not make the cut. Plus, some of these players weren’t going to spring training with the big league club, so they won’t cut into the camp population. With that in mind, here’s the list, sorted by country:

Curtis Granderson, OF, USA
Justin Verlander, P, USA
Miguel Cabrera, IF, Venezuela
Armando Galarraga, P, Venezuela
Carlos Guillen, OF, Venezuela
Magglio Ordonez, OF, Venezuela
Placido Polanco, 2B, Dominican Rep.
Fernando Rodney, P, Dominican Rep.
Fu-Te Ni, P, Chinese Taipei
Cale Iorg, IF, Canada
Max St. Pierre, C, Canada
Andrew Graham, C, Australia
Brendan Wise, P, Australia

Polanco update

Jim Leyland said after the game that Placido Polanco has patella tendinitis in his right knee. Leyland was already planning on giving Polanco a game off Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s off-day, so he’ll stick with that plan and try to get him ready for Friday’s series opener at Kansas City.

Polanco and Pudge off, Guillen returns

No, Polanco is not off to celebrate his new U.S. citizenship. Leyland said last night he wanted to give them a day off after they played all 15 innings of that Sunday marathon. Thus, Ramon Santiago and Dane Sardinha get the starts and bat around the bottom of the order. Interestingly, Clete Thomas moved up to the second spot in Polanco’s place, giving Detroit three straight left-handed hitters to start off against Indians starter Paul Byrd.

For Sardinha, it might be his final game before being sent down. Brandon Inge is scheduled to catch four innings and play third base for the other five tonight for Triple-A Toledo. If he feels fine after that game, Leyland said, he could be activated on Thursday.

Over in the other dugout, the Indians filled CC Sabathia’s spot on the roster by calling up Juan Rincon from Triple-A Buffalo.

TIGERS (45-44)

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

INDIANS (37-52)

  1. Grady Sizemore, CF
  2. Jamey Carroll, 2B
  3. Ben Francisco, LF
  4. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  5. Casey Blake, 1B
  6. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  7. Ryan Garko, DH
  8. Andy Marte, 3B
  9. Sal Fasano, C


Friday: Tigers at Twins

It’s the everyday lineup for the Tigers in the series opener. Look for Gary Sheffield to play the first two games of the series before he gets Sunday off. Brandon Inge will catch again either Saturday or Sunday. There’s a chance that Placido Polanco could play all three games this series, which is a very good testament to how good his back feels right now. It’s having a direct correlation to how he’s performing at the plate.

Anyway, the lineup:

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

Nate Robertson was running the Metrodome stairs about four hours before game time as part of his post-start routine. He said later he received about 15 text messages after his win last night, and all but two were about his slip and fall.

“He looked like a cow on ice,” manager Jim Leyland said.

Leyland, meanwhile, was talking about concentration every at-bat, specifically with Miguel Cabrera. As good as Cabrera is now, Leyland wants to see what he can do if he bears down every at-bat for a week or so. He used Albert Pujols as an example of talent and steady concentration in the same package.