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Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2009-04-18

Detroit Tigers Notes, Quotes 2009-04-18
--RHP Joel Zumaya is moving up to Class AAA Toledo and will be available Saturday to work in relief in the next step in his rehab assignment. Zumaya, recovering from a sore right shoulder, pitched twice for Class A Lakeland and allowed three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings. He is scheduled for two innings or 40 pitches, whichever comes first, then, according to GM Dave Dombrowski, "on Tuesday and Wednesday, he's going back-to-back for the first time, one inning each time. Then we'll go from there. He feels good, and he's throwing the ball well."

--LHP Dontrelle Willis, being treated for an anxiety disorder, has been scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday in Class A Lakeland after throwing an impressive six innings in an extended spring game Thursday. "He threw the ball probably the best he's thrown it since he's been with us," Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Friday night. "He threw outstanding. He threw strikes, he threw hard, he threw every pitch (in his repertoire) for strikes. He fielded his position well. He gave up one hit in six innings, and he didn't walk a hitter. He threw 47 of his 63 pitches for strikes. That was against young kids, but his pitches weren't out of the strike zone. They were legitimate pitches. If everything goes well on Tuesday, he'll move somewhere up the ladder (in the minors) and pitch somewhere five days after that."

--RHP Ryan Perry has a lot of talent, but it was clear from his Wednesday outing that the 22-year-old rookie is far from a polished product. Perry threw 18 pitches, and four were significantly out of the strike zone and dangerously close to Chicago White Sox hitters. 3B Josh Fields took vigorous exception to a 97 mph fastball that sailed close to his head, stepping out to gesture at the rookie and tell him to "figure it out."

Perry responded with two strikes that Fields swung at and missed.

"His reaction to it was tremendous," manager Jim Leyland said. "I told him he couldn't back off or get caught up in all that, and he didn't. But I can certainly understand why the White Sox were chirping. I don't blame them at all. They understand it wasn't intentional because he doesn't have good control yet. But when you see balls up around the head at 95-96 miles an hour, I don't blame somebody for being upset."

--RHP Zach Miner will be in Detroit's bullpen for the series in Seattle and Anaheim. He was temporarily removed from the rotation after two starts, the second of which was an eight-run, nine-hit affair. "One was good, one was bad. I don't think the bad one means I've forgotten how to pitch. It's still a matter of getting guys out, whether you come into the middle of the game or not," Miner said.

Miner thinks he should be starting, while his manager feels he fits better in the bullpen.

"When you're financially cheap to an organization, there's nothing that says 'you have to do this or that,'" said Miner, in his last season before he's eligible for arbitration. "But once you get a little bit older, more established and you're making more money, that's when a team has to decide what it wants to pay a guy to do. That's when roles get more defined."

BY THE NUMBERS: 5 -- Games in which slugging 1B Miguel Cabrera played before striking out for the first time this season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I have family members out of work. So I know what it's like. You hope they understand you have a great appreciation of what they're going through and that things will get turned around. We're always supposed to give our best effort, whether people are working or not working, whether times are tough or not. That's what we do for a living. But you like to perk them up a little bit. There's a silver lining in the clouds when you have a sports team doing well. People can get away for a few hours and forget their frustrations." -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland, speaking on opening day in Detroit on the tough economic times in Michigan and around the country.

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