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Detroit Tigers Roster Report 2009-04-24

Detroit Tigers Roster Report 2009-04-24
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 this weekend when RHP Joel Zumaya comes off the disabled list.


--RF Magglio Ordonez is still looking for his first extra-base hit of the season. Ordonez's seven-game hitting streak was snapped Thursday. He isn't trying to mash everything, preferring instead to take outside pitches to right or hit up the middle.

--CF Curtis Granderson had two hits Thursday night and left Anaheim with a .375 career batting average there. Granderson went 7-for-11 in the three games, including singles his first two times up Thursday. He has begun laying off bad pitches and as a result, his offensive contributions are increasing.

--C Matt Treanor caught Thursday night to get C Gerald Laird some rest for the weekend series in Kansas City. Treanor went 0-for-2 and is 0-for-13 this season. Laird is likely to catch rookie RHP Rick Porcello on Friday night.

--OF Josh Anderson played left field Thursday night with Carlos Guillen shifting to designated hitter. Anderson went 1-for-4, and his speed enabled him to score one of the Tigers' five runs.

--RHP Joel Zumaya will be activated from the disabled list by the Tigers either Saturday or Sunday in Kansas City, manager Jim Leyland announced Thursday. There was no decision announced as to who would be trimmed from the roster to make room for Zumaya, who pitched back-to-back games for Class AAA Toledo and gave up just one baserunner in his two innings. "They say he's ready for the big leagues," Leyland said. "He had good velocity and a pretty good breaking ball." Leyland said Zumaya would work in the late innings but did not specify which inning. Zumaya is coming back from a sore shoulder muscle.

--3B Brandon Inge hit his sixth home run of the season Thursday night and second in two games at Anaheim. But trying to live up to his image as a flashy glove man cost Inge an error that contributed to three Los Angeles runs in the sixth. Inge backhanded a ball diving to the dirt and tried to make a throw from near the line without getting to his feet. The throw sailed past 1B Miguel Cabrera.


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 will be activated April 25 or April 26.

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 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 Josh Anderson

CF Curtis Granderson

RF Magglio Ordonez

DH Carlos Guillen

OF Ryan Raburn

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Added: April 24, 2009

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