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Detroit Tigers Roster Report 2009-04-23


Detroit Tigers Roster Report 2009-04-23
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.

PLAYER NEWS:

--DH Magglio Ordonez was not in right field Wednesday night but remained in the lineup as the DH. Manager Jim Leyland just wanted to give Ordonez a day off in the field; there was nothing glaringly wrong with him physically. Ordonez is still looking for his first extra-base hit of the season. He had a pair of RBI singles and a leadoff hit in the seventh.

--OF Josh Anderson showed the value of his legs again Wednesday. He pinch-hit for RF Ryan Raburn and beat out the relay of an attempted double play off a groundball in the sixth, stole second and scored on a single by SS Adam Everett. He then went to right field for Raburn, who misplayed two flyballs and threw to the wrong base on a hit. Anderson also sacrificed, another of his skills, in the seventh to put runners on second and third. His speed has been an asset for the Tigers, and they are looking for reasons to get him into games.

--RHP Juan Rincon has been a disappointment to the Tigers so far. He was brought in Wednesday night to keep Detroit's deficit at one run, and when he was finished with the bottom of the sixth, the Los Angeles Angels had an 8-6 lead. But the Tigers made Rincon the winning pitcher with a five-run rally in the top of the seventh. Rincon was keeping the ball low -- but too low. He gave up an RBI double to 2B Maicer Izturis on a 3-2 fastball that was down and in. His fastball was in the low 90s, where it needs to be, and his slider wasn't that bad.

--RHP Joel Zumaya turned in a shutout inning for Class AAA Toledo on Wednesday night in the second of back-to-back outings on his rehab assignment. "I'm about ready now," he said. "I'm about 100 percent. I've been throwing the ball 100 percent. I'm ready to face those Yankees. I know they're coming to town." GM Dave Dombrowski said the club would not decide on Zumaya's future until Thursday morning. "I'll be fine in the morning, man" Zumaya said. "I was kind of sore this morning. I was a little worried. But I went out there, threw long toss and felt fine." Zumaya's fastball averaged 95 mph, down slightly from 97 on Tuesday. He faced four hitters, struck out two and allowed one hit.

--RHP Ryan Perry showed his inexperience -- and his talent -- Wednesday night with a scoreless seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels. Perry walked the first batter he faced on four pitches -- he can be wild -- but struck out the next on three pitches and ended the inning by throwing a double-play grounder. He's getting a reputation around the league for being wild, but the danger in waiting him out are those mid-90s fastballs that go for strikes.

--DH/OF Marcus Thames was placed on the 15-day disabled list and told not to do anything physical for two to four weeks after suffering what trainer Kevin Rand called "a major injury."

"He's got a fairly significant left ribcage muscle strain," Rand said. "It's a grade three, the worst, with bleeding involved. The intercostal, bone and cartilage were all tugged on. That's tough when all that happens."

"I heard a pop and felt a pop, and I knew it was something that couldn't be good," Thames said. "It took the breath away from me a little bit. It will take awhile for it to heal up, and go from there. I'm not too happy about it."

Only after the area has healed will Thames be allowed to begin baseball work, which will then be followed by a rehab assignment.

"He's such a big part of our team," manager Jim Leyland said. "I think he's going to be out for a while."

--UT Ryan Raburn was recalled by the Tigers to replaced disabled DH/OF Marcus Thames, who suffered a ribcage muscle injury on a pregame batting practice swing Tuesday. Raburn started in right field Wednesday, and he misplayed two flyballs against the Los Angeles Angels. Raburn was a late spring cut by Detroit as the Tigers selected INF/OF Jeff Larish because they needed a left-handed power bat off their bench. He was hitting .255 with five home runs and nine RBIs for Class AAA Toledo.

--OF Jason Tyner had his contract assigned to Detroit's Class AAA farm club by Milwaukee from the Brewers' Class AAA team. Tyner, 32 on Thursday, was batting .095 in nine games for the Brewers' farm team. He takes the place of OF Ryan Raburn, called up to replace disabled DH/OF Marcus Thames with Detroit. Tyner has played in the majors with four teams. He does not figure prominently in Detroit's plans.

MEDICAL WATCH:

DH/OF Marcus Thames (left ribcage muscle strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 19. He won't begin any physical activity for two to four weeks, and he will need a rehab assignment before returning to the Tigers.

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, and he moved to Class AAA Toledo on April 17. He could be back with the Tigers in late April.

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.

ROTATION:

RHP Justin Verlander

RHP Edwin Jackson

RHP Armando Galarraga

RHP Rick Porcello

BULLPEN:

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

CATCHERS:

Gerald Laird

Matt Treanor

INFIELDERS:

1B Miguel Cabrera

2B Placido Polanco

SS Adam Everett

3B Brandon Inge

INF Ramon Santiago

INF Jeff Larish

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Josh Anderson

CF Curtis Granderson

RF Magglio Ordonez

DH Carlos Guillen

OF Ryan Raburn


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 23, 2009

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