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Valverde day-to-day with tender elbow

Jose Valverde was unavailable for Thursday’s save situation against the White Sox, and could miss the next couple days with tenderness around his right elbow.
“The last couple days, my arm’s been bothering me a little bit,” Valverde said after Ryan Perry finished off Thursday’s 6-3 win over the White Sox. “That’s what happens sometimes. I hope two more days and I’ll be ready.”
Valverde said he played catch Thursday morning and felt better.
There’s no indication so far that the tenderness has had anything to do with Valverde’s struggles since the All-Star break. It’s believed to be something that popped up fairly recently. Valverde has had his share of rest during the Tigers’ second-half struggles, but has had a decent workload lately, including a 38-pitch outing last Thursday to finish off the Twins.
Valverde leads the American League with 52 games finished. His 25 saves placed him ninth among AL closers entering Thursday. As long as he’s out, the Tigers are likely to close out games situationally with Perry and Phil Coke.

Sunday: Tigers at Red Sox

Too many ins and outs to sum up in a paragraph or two, so here’s your rundown of who is and isn’t available for the Tigers today:

  • Johnny Damon is out of the lineup again today, but he said this morning that his back is getting better. He was going to try some swings in the cage this morning to see if he can play today.
  • Turns out Danny Worth also is ailing. He has a heel that he injured stepping hard on the bag trying to beat out a hit Friday night. He was not available Saturday, manager Jim Leyland revealed, meaning that the only player the Tigers had available on the bench was catcher Alex Avila. “If one of the infielders got hurt,” Leyland said, “I was screwed.” Worth said he can play today if needed.
  • Ryan Raburn was back in the clubhouse Sunday after spending Saturday back in Florida for his grandfather’s funeral. He’s starting in left field.
  • The bullpen today is without Jose Valverde, Phil Coke and Ryan Perry. They do not have Bonderman available in relief anymore, not with his start coming up Tuesday. Everybody else is available. Not only do none of the four available relievers have any saves this year, they don’t have any saves in their Major League careers. I have no idea what they’ll do in a save situation, so don’t ask me.
That pretty much covers it. Here are the lineups.
TIGERS
  1. Jackson, CF
  2. Rhymes, 2B
  3. Raburn, LF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, RF
  6. Peralta, 3B
  7. Frazier, DH
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS
P: Justin Verlander
RED SOX
  1. Marco Scutaro, SS
  2. J.D. Drew, RF
  3. Kevin Youkilis, 1B
  4. David Ortiz, DH
  5. Victor Martinez, C
  6. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  7. Ryan Kalish, LF
  8. Jed Lowrie, 2B
  9. Eric Patterson, CF
P: Clay Buchholz

Perry activated from DL; Fien optioned

The Tigers regained a crucial piece of their late-inning relief plan Saturday, when they activated setup man Ryan Perry from the 15-day disabled list.

Perry last pitched with the Tigers June 6 before being diagnosed with right shoulder bicipital tendinitis. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo a week ago, but his return took on added importance when Joel Zumaya suffered a season-ending fractured elbow last Monday at Minnesota. Manager Jim Leyland has made no secret that they need Perry back and soon, but also emphasized that they need Perry effective.

Perry protected a good share of leads in the eighth inning at the start of the year before command issues and consistency put his situation in a bit of flux. His perfect innings with two strikeout sfor Toledo Friday night went a long way towards restoring confidence; Perry threw nine of his 13 pitches for strikes and topped out at 96 mph on his fastball, according to reports.

For the year, the 23-year-old Perry owns a 1-4 record and 5.82 ERA, having allowed 22 hits over 21 2/3 innings with 12 walks and 18 strikeouts.

To make room on the Tigers roster, Detroit optioned right-hander Casey Fien to Triple-A Toledo. Fien, just recalled on Tuesday when Zumaya went on the DL, pitched two scoreless innings against the Twins on Wednesday afternoon. allowed an unearned run on one hit in 3 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out four.

Ni optioned to Toledo

The much-pondered question of what the Tigers would do with Fu-Te Ni got an answer Wednesday afternoon, when he was optioned to Triple-A Toledo postgame. No return move was immediately announced, but the first candidate you probably thought of isn’t the guy. Leyland said Ryan Perry would not be the guy coming up.

“Perry’s going to pitch there until he’s right,” Leyland said, admitting with that he’s not down there on rehab simply to show he’s healthy.
“There’s nothing wrong with Perry’s health,” Leyland said. “Right now, there’s something wrong with his control. He’s rusty.”

Perry, Porcello both struggle for Hens

What was expected to be a big night for the Tigers’ pitching staff at Triple-A Toledo ended up producing some disappointing results. Both Rick Porcello and Ryan Perry struggled for the Mud Hens against Gwinnett Tuesday night at Fifth Third Field.

Porcello, making his second start for the Hens since being optioned out of Detroit, gave up five runs on 10 hits in six innings with three walks and three strikeouts. He produced 10 ground-ball outs compared with one in the air, but the hit total obviously nullified. Word from Toledo is that he threw a heavy dose of sliders, likely by design as he tries to nail down that pitch in his arsenal.
“My breaking ball was pretty good today,” Porcello told reporters. “I didn’t give up any hits on my breaking ball. The guys I was trying to get ahead of with the fastball were jumping on the fastball and getting hits. I can’t start everybody off with a breaking ball, so maybe I need to start guys off with the four-seamers away, then come back with breaking balls or the sinker.
“I’m still trying to figure things out myself; that’s why I’m down here. It’s frustrating. The bottom line is that there’s a lot of stuff I need to figure out down here.”
Perry followed his roommate to begin the seventh and battled his command, throwing just 16 of his 36 pitches for strikes. He gave up an unearned run on two walks and a well-hit double over his 1 2/3 innings. His outing took on extra importance in light of Joel Zumaya’s season-ending injury, but it looks clear he has a little work to do.
“When he got hit, he was either behind or 3-2 in the count,” manager Larry Parrish said. “When they knew what was coming [the fastball] – at any level, when they know what’s coming, they can get the bat started. He looks like he’s healthy; it’s just a matter of getting ahead in the count. When he’s missing, he’s missing down. But he’s still missing, whether it’s down or up, and being behind is not where he wants to be, especially when he starts facing good hitters.”

Perry headed to Toledo for rehab

Ryan Perry got the go-ahead from the Tigers to start his rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo after throwing a second successful mound session Thursday. If all goes well, it could be a rather quick assignment.

Perry headed out after Thursday’s game to join the Tigers in Indianapolis. He’s scheduled to pitch one inning there Saturday night, then two innings Monday night, after which the Tigers will evaluate where he’s at. That doesn’t mean he’s coming up right after that, but it leaves open the possibility.

There’s no bigger-picture project for Perry on assignment, manager Jim Leyland said. He’s just there to build up his arm again and face hitters, not to adjust anything to make any tweaks. That, too, would suggest this should be a short assignment.

Tigers place Perry on DL

The Tigers lost another reliever to the disabled list Wednesday night, placing Ryan Perry on the 15-day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis. Detroit purchased the contract of right-hander Enrique Gonzalez from Triple-A Toledo to take his place.

The injury is not expected to be a serious one, not by Tigers officials, but it explains a lot about the recent struggles of Perry. The second-year right-hander opened the year setting up closer Jose Valverde, but gave up nine runs on 10 hits in just three innings over his last five outings.

Manager Jim Leyland said he began to suspect some sort of the injury was the culprit, but kept hearing from Perry that he was fine. Not until “really recently,” Leyland said, did he admit to being hurt.

“His control has not been good,” Leyland said. “And normally when you see a guy that had real good control early in the season all of a sudden kind of lost that control, there’s usually a red flag there. There’s usually a message there that something’s not quite right.”

Perry visited team physician Dr. Stephen Lemos in Detroit for an MRI exam on Monday, according to head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. The results showed a mild impingement around the back of his rotator cuff and some mild tendinitis around his biceps.

Perry tried to throw a bullpen session Wednesday afternoon. Had he come through that OK, he might’ve been available out of the bullpen Wednesday night.

However, Rand said, “He felt it on a few of his throws.”

That’s when they made the decision to shelve him and put him on a medication program.

“I don’t really think this is anything long or serious, I really don’t,” Leyland said. “But at the same time, you have a red flag when you see the control.”

Leyland does not believe this puts any extra pressure on any particular reliever. He did say earlier Wednesday, however, that he plans on using Joel Zumaya in shorter outings, usually one inning or less, in hopes of having him available more often.

That said, he doesn’t expect this to be a long-term loss.

“I don’t really thnk it’s anything to fret about, I really don’t,” Leyland said. “I don’t think it’s anything serious at all. It’s just matter of taking care of it, getting it quieted down, going back out and pitching a little bit, and hopefully coming right back here.”

Gonzalez made an impression on the Tigers staff with a strong Spring Training, but has spent the season in the Mud Hens rotation. His performance there, though, earned him the recommendation from the minor league staff ahead of others in the Hens bullpen.

The 27-year-old Gonzalez, signed as a Minor League free agent last winter, owns a 4-5 record and 3.46 ERA in 11 starts, striking out 53 batters over 65 innings while giving up 68 hits. His last four starts, in particular, have been stellar: 27 2/3 innings, 19 hits, six earned runs and 23 strikeouts, including a complete-game shutout of Indianapolis May 23.

“I always use the guy they recommend, so that’s the guy we take,” Leyland said. “And he has been starting down there, so he should be able to give us some innings.”

Perry relishes first big league save

perryavila041010.jpgRyan Perry has always been a pitcher running on adrenaline, no matter what the inning. When he made the Tigers roster out of Spring Training a year ago, he had to learn how to handle that even in lower-pressure outings, let alone spots where he was protecting a lead.

One can imagine, then, how Perry would react to his chance at his first Major League save. The fact that all that energy didn’t make him a wreck on the mound should give an idea how much he worked on controlling that adrenaline.

“Perry’s always amped up for everything,” catcher Alex Avila said. “I knew he was going to be, and he’d be throwing hard. This year, I’ve seen that every time he comes out, he has a little bit of a different presence on the mound. Where last year he might’ve been a little bit wild at some points, this year he’s always in control.

“Like today, his first save opportunity, most guys would be overthrowing and stuff like that, but he was just letting it fly and he threw fantastic. I mean, his stuff was pretty unhittable today. I wouldn’t have wanted to face him, that’s for sure.”

No many guys had the chance. Though he ended up coming on in the eighth to try to get a four-out save, it was a four-up, four-down outing in which nobody made solid contact off of him.

Perry got the chance because closer Jose Valverde, Joel Zumaya and Phil Coke were all being rested. All of them pitched Friday’s home opener. Zumaya and Coke pitched multiple innings. Valverde had pitched in each of the Tigers’ first four games, including three straight days, so he had to rest.

That reduced Saturday’s available to Perry, Fu-Te Ni, Brad Thomas and Eddie Bonine. Leyland said in the morning that Perry would close if there was a game to save.

“When we took a 2-0 lead, the whole time I was just excited and ready to get out there,” Perry said.

Leyland didn’t say Perry would close in the eighth, but once Ni struck out Travis Hafner for the second out of the inning, Leyland likely didn’t want to chance Ni facing a right-handed hitter after giving up a .298 average to them last year.

Enter Perry, who struck out Peralta on a nasty slider, then had to sit through the bottom of the eighth until the Tigers went down in order. It would’ve been a perfect time for that energy to overtake him, but all the time, he said he was focused on mechanical points and the opponent.

“Mentally, I was sitting in the dugout trying to visualize it as best as I can,” Perry said. “That’s kind of been a big thing for me lately. Since probably halfway through spring, I’ve really been trying to focus, kind of get a visual picture of what I’m trying to do in my head, and then do it.”

That doesn’t mean he was completely calm.

“Especially coming in in the eighth, my heart’s pounding a little,” he admitted. “But I think my confidence has just grown since last year, so I’m able to control it, keep my body in position to succeed instead of just sporadically trying to just throw the ball.”

Perry used a 97 mph fastball to get a leadoff groundout from Matt Laporta. He had to scramble when Mark Grudzielanek hit a comebacker, but he hurried a throw that first baseman Miguel Cabrera stretched to grab.

That left Perry one out away, and brought the crowd of 35,332 to its feet. That’s when the energy really picked up.

“Two outs in the ninth, you just hear the roar of the crowd,” he said. “I looked up and you see everybody get up out of their seats. That was kind of a moment that you never really forget.”

The extra adrenaline boosted Perry’s fastball up to 98 mph on pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena, who fell into an 0-2 hole before meekly popping out in foul territory on the third-base side.

The celebration was a matter of style. Instead of something animated, Perry looked almost relieved, and shook some hands. He also got the game ball, which he stashed in his locker.

“That’s one ball I’ll definitely keep,” he said.

It was his first save, but he’s certainly hoping it isn’t his last.

“That’s definitely what I would like to work towards, for sure,” Perry said. “That would definitely be a dream come true. But I know there’s still some work involved, so I’m just trying to get there.”

Postgame from Wednesday

While the bulk of the pitching story from Wednesday’s win over the Blue Jays belonged to starter Jeremy Bonderman, two other intriguing situations followed him. First was the first spring outing for Nate Robertson, who had a solid third inning before struggling in the fourth. Next was Ryan Perry, who got an unexpected test and pitched his way out of a jam.

Robertson said he had a mechanical flaw pitching out of the stretch that came up during the fourth, which kept him from stopping the bleeding for a while. Five straight Blue Jays reached base safely on him, leading to two runs as well as a bases-loaded, no-out jam.

“I was yanking [the ball] a little bit,” Robertson said. “Other than that, I felt great. I’ve got to make that adjustment, though, a little bit quicker. And it took me until I got the the strikeout [of Travis Snider] to walk off the mound.”

The strikeout of Snider for the first out ended up being his last pitch, but more directly out of pitch count than who was coming up. Leyland said later that Robertson was three pitches shy of his limit, so he didn’t want to risk pushing him past that in his first outing of the spring to get one more outs when he needed two outs to get out of the inning.

Plus, as Leyland thought about it, he felt it would be a good test for Ryan Perry, who’s vying for setup work in the revamped Tigers bullpen.

“This is a perfect situation for Perry,” Leyland said.

On came Perry, and back in he came to the dugout soon after that with an inning-ending double play grounder. He stayed in to pitch a scoreless fifth.

Other tidbits from Wednesday:

  • Brent Dlugach gave himself a birthday present Wednesday by smacking a solo homer as part of a two-RBI, two-hit day. He had a little help from the wind gusting out, but it was also an opposite-field shot for him that was hit very well regardless.
  • Wilkin Ramirez again showed why he can be an all-around offensive catalyst if he can stick in the big leagues. He helped the Tigers score one of their ninth-inning runs without a ball getting out of the infield. He beat a throw for an infield single, stole second, took third on an error, then scored on another ground ball for an out. “There is no substitute for speed,” Leyland said. “He created a run just with his legs. That’s nice.”
  • Leyland on the comparatively chilly, windy weather in the area Wednesday: “It’s just like Opening Day in Detroit.” The Blue Jays announced the first-pitch temperature as 48 degrees with winds around 25 mph, while weather.com listed the temperature in Dunedin at 52 with 30 mph winds.

Perry, Miner likely key in Saturday's game

Though Jim Leyland is treating this as a starting assignment for rookie Alfredo Figaro, his remarks last night that he would not hesitate to make a change early if Figaro got in trouble essentially made tonight’s game sound like a bullpen start. Leyland said he would probably have Ryan Perry ready early if he had to make a real quick change, then Zach Miner going a little later. Eddie Bonine is available if needed tonight.

Perry has pitched in a lot of different situations this year, but one common denominator down the stretch has been that they’re usually with the Tigers trailing. He has entered with Tigers deficits in 10 of his last 14 games since August 23, and one of the exceptions was a tie. He has pitched with a lead just five times in the last three months, and just three save situations since mid-June. In most of those situations, his job was to keep the Tigers close, rather than mop-up work.

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