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Detroit Tigers Roster Report 2009-04-22

Detroit Tigers Roster Report 2009-04-22
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.


--RHP Armando Galarraga struggled to last five innings in his first subpar performance of the season. Galarraga had allowed just one run in his first two starts combined but gave up single runs in the second, third and fifth, the latter a solo home run that tied the score at 3-3. Galarraga's pitches weren't biting as they usually do, and the Angels had a good game plan against him, taking the borderline offerings and mostly going the other way with outside pitches. He left the game having allowed seven hits and three walks.

--CF Curtis Granderson may have ended a slump when he hit home runs leading off the inning in his first two at-bats in Anaheim. Granderson opened a game with a home run for the 18th time in his career. He pulled a shot to right-center leading off the third inning. Granderson was hitting just .212 entering the game.

--SS Ramon Santiago, who had a five-RBI game during the weekend, was manager Jim Leyland's choice to play shortstop even though Adam Everett was recovered from the flu that caused him to miss four games last week. Santiago already has driven in 11 runs this season after getting only 18 RBIs in his role as a part-time player last year. Leyland doesn't want a "who's the shortstop?" controversy dogging his team, so he is not saying Everett and Santiago have switched roles. Considering that Santiago is a slick defensive shortstop, it makes sense for the manager to go with the hot bat for the time being.

--SS Adam Everett did not start but did pinch-hit in the ninth inning. He was sent up to bunt with PR Josh Anderson on first with nobody out. Everett was unable to get a bunt down and ended up striking out, and Anderson was caught stealing to blunt a Detroit chance to overcome a 4-3 deficit. Everett may be back in the starting lineup Wednesday after his sub, Ramon Santiago, went 0-for-4.

--C Gerald Laird took shots to both ankles but declined to come out of the game. Laird got his left ankle run into in the third inning on a forceout at the plate. In the ninth he was hit by a pitch on the right ankle. He may get Wednesday off if the ankles give him trouble overnight.

--RHP Joel Zumaya got two strikeouts and a groundout for Class AAA Toledo on Tuesday in the first half of a back-to-back pitching assignment that could determine whether he is well enough to come off the disabled list and return to Detroit's roster. Zumaya's fastball reportedly was clocked consistently in the mid-90s. He worked two scoreless innings Saturday and will pitch an inning Wednesday.

--LHP Dontrelle Willis tossed a seven-inning rehab start for high Class A Lakeland. He retired the first nine batters he faced but ultimately allowed four runs. Willis, on the disabled list with an anxiety disorder, threw 75 pitches and 58 were strikes. He was walk-free with only one three-ball count on a hitter. Willis' fastball topped out in the low 90s. He will start Sunday for Class AA Erie.


LHP Dontrelle Willis (anxiety disorder) went on the 15-day disabled list March 29. The disorder was diagnosed through blood tests. He made a rehab start for Class A Lakeland on April 21, and he is scheduled to start for Class AA Erie on April 26.

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 Fernando Rodney (closer)

RHP Brandon Lyon

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 22, 2009

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