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Detroit Tigers Roster Report 2009-04-21

Detroit Tigers Roster Report 2009-04-21
The roles in Detroit's bullpen are beginning to be more sharply defined. RHP Fernando Rodney has locked down the closer's role but his setup man has yet to be established. It largely has been LHP Bobby Seay due to matchups but rookie RHP Ryan Perry has also worked some late innings (mostly in non-save situations). RHP Juan Rincon appears to be at the bottom of the pile while LHP Nate Robertson works middle innings where left-handed batters predominate. RHP Eddie Bonine is the long man while RHP Brandon Lyon works a variety of roles. A change looms, possibly later this week, when/if RHP Joel Zumaya shows he's ready to come off the disabled list.


--SS Adam Everett expects to be able to play Tuesday night in Anaheim against the Angels. Everett was back in uniform Sunday after being sidelined four days with the flu, most of them spent in a hotel room. "Whatever I had, I had it bad," he said.. "It's nice feeling like my head isn't going to fall off."

--1B Miguel Cabrera continues to spray hits to left, center, right and over the fence. He's hitting everything from first-pitch strikes to 3-2 breaking balls and hitting them with authority. Cabrera scored three runs with two hits Sunday and is batting .489 three weeks into the season.

--OF Josh Anderson looks like a productive pickup by the Tigers. He provides the team with a needed speed element, bats left-handed and can play all three outfield positions with skill and has a nice throwing arm. He's getting expended playing time, what with LF Carlos Guillen fighting a sore Achilles' tendon, which forces his manager to DH him. Anderson is hitting .353 with five runs scored and four RBIs in 17 at-bats. "He's done good and given us a different dimension," said manager Jim Leyland.

--RHP Rick Porcello, who got his first major-league win 113 days past his 20th birthday, is fourth-youngest on the list of Tigers pitchers to get their first big-league win with the Tigers. Those younger -- and all won multiple games at a younger age than Porcello -- were LHP Robert G. Miller (19 years, 73 days; Sept. 26, 1954 vs. Cleve.); RHP Denny McLain (19 years, 176 days, Sept. 21, 1963 vs. the White Sox); and LHP Bruce Robbins (19 years, 332 days, Aug. 8, 1979 vs. Baltimore).

--RHP Jeremy Bonderman is making slow progress toward being able to return to pitching. Bonderman, still recuperating from shoulder and rib surgery a year ago, threw 40 pitches off a mound at the Tigers' spring-training site during the weekend and was clocked at 89-90 mph. The club wants him to get 4-5 mph better so his fastball and slider offer a sharp contrast. "He felt good and is in good spirits," manager Jim Leyland said. "He's come to grips that he's got to get it right."

--SS Ramon Santiago's five RBI in Sunday's 8-2 win at Seattle brought him up to 11 for the season, tied with 3B Brandon Inge for second on the team to 1B Miguel Cabrera, who has 12. Santiago drove in only 18 runs last year. "Santi's done a good job for us and I said he was going to be an important part of the team," manager Jim Leyland said.


LF Carlos Guillen (strained right Achilles tendon) left the April 12 game and was serving as the Tigers' DH.

LHP Dontrelle Willis (anxiety disorder) went on the 15-day disabled list March 29. The disorder was diagnosed through blood tests, and there was no timetable for his return. Willis, for his part, didn't understand the diagnosis and said he felt fine. He is scheduled to make a minor league rehab start April 21.

RHP Joel Zumaya (right shoulder soreness) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Lakeland on April 11, moved to Class AAA Toledo on April 17 and will stay in the minors until he shows he can pitch back-to-back games successfully.

RHP Jeremy Bonderman (right rib removal, blood clot surgery in June 2008) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 30. He won't return until he nudges his fastball back up 90 mph on a consistent basis.


RHP Justin Verlander

RHP Edwin Jackson

RHP Armando Galarraga

RHP Rick Porcello


RHP Brandon Lyon (closer)

RHP Fernando Rodney

LHP Bobby Seay

RHP Eddie Bonine

RHP Juan Rincon

LHP Nate Robertson

RHP Ryan Perry

RHP Zach Miner


Gerald Laird

Matt Treanor


1B Miguel Cabrera

2B Placido Polanco

SS Adam Everett

3B Brandon Inge

INF Ramon Santiago

INF Jeff Larish


LF Carlos Guillen

CF Curtis Granderson

RF Magglio Ordonez

DH Marcus Thames

OF Josh Anderson

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Added: April 21, 2009

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