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Detroit Tigers Roster Report 2009-05-02


Detroit Tigers Roster Report 2009-05-02
Detroit's bullpen takes on a decided power look with the return of RHP Joel Zumaya from the disabled list, giving manager Jim Leyland a third upper-90s fastball thrower to go with rookie RHP Ryan Perry and closer RHP Fernando Rodney. Zumaya tossed a scoreless inning April 25 in his season debut.

PLAYER NEWS:

--RHP Armando Galarraga suffered his first career loss to Cleveland on Friday night, allowing four runs in the second and one in the third. Galarraga, previously 3-0 against the Indians, was "pretty tentative," in the view of manager Jim Leyland. "I've got to work on my slider," Galarraga said. The second-year pitcher has walked 11 batters in his last three starts as teams have begun taking as many pitches as they can, forcing him to throw a lot of pitches as his ball seems to be breaking off the plate. --3B Brandon Inge made another highlight defensive play Friday night, diving and making a sliding catch of a foul ball near the fence, and also doubled leading off a five-run rally in the eighth. Inge's double kept his streak alive of reaching base in each of Detroit's 22 games this season, the most by a Tiger since SS Alan Trammell's 25 in 1990.

--LHP Nate Robertson worked three innings of relief Friday night, allowing one run. He's been off and on this season but most effective in long relief.

--RHP Ryan Perry worked his third straight game Friday night -- with Detroit having a day off Thursday -- and it wasn't as good as it looks in the box score. "He hung a couple of sliders," grumpy manager Jim Leyland said after Detroit's 6-5 loss. "He got behind the hitters. His outing looks OK because he didn't give up runs. But he's got to improve." Perry gave up one hit and struck out one.

--1B Miguel Cabrera has been struggling lately because he's been swinging at pitches he was taking early in the season. But on Friday night, Cabrera was in a situation where he had to be pitched to and he welcomed the opportunity by hitting a three-run home run to finish a five-run eighth. Cabrera came up with two runners on and if Cleveland had walked him it would have brought the tying run to the plate. He took three balls, a strike and then powered a pitch right down the gut over the left field fence for his three-run shot.

--LHP Dontrelle Willis had another fair outing in his bid to return to the Majors. Willis walked the first two batters he faced Friday night for Class AAA Toledo but those were the only two bases on balls he issued in his five innings of work. Willis threw 102 pitches, 60 for strikes, with a hit batter and a wild pitch. His pitch count was a little higher than the Tigers would have liked for Willis, rehabbing from an anxiety disorder. He gave up seven hits and allowed three runs in his five innings. No word on Detroit's plans for him but another start in the minors seems likely.

--RHP Joel Zumaya worked a pair of scoreless innings Wednesday and conceded afterward he "can't stand" the Yankees. "I can't stand the Yankees, man, and I'm going to go right after them," he said, which may explain why he lit up the radar gun with a three-digit fastball. "But that's just part of this game. I'm going to go right after guys." Zumaya said, "There are little things about them I can't stand. They're just the Yankees. I was throwing strikes and if (100 mph) popped up, that's a real good thing."

MEDICAL WATCH:

LF Carlos Guillen (sore right Achilles tendon) missed the April 26 game but played as the DH on April 27-30. He started on May 1.

C Matt Treanor (torn labrum in right hip) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 24. He will have surgery April 30, and he is expected to miss two to three months.

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 started 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.

ROTATION:

RHP Justin Verlander

RHP Edwin Jackson

RHP Armando Galarraga

RHP Rick Porcello

RHP Zach Miner

BULLPEN:

RHP Fernando Rodney (closer)

RHP Joel Zumaya

RHP Brandon Lyon

LHP Bobby Seay

RHP Juan Rincon

LHP Nate Robertson

RHP Ryan Perry

LHP Clay Rapada

CATCHERS:

Gerald Laird

Dane Sardinha

INFIELDERS:

1B Miguel Cabrera

2B Placido Polanco

SS Adam Everett

3B Brandon Inge

INF Ramon Santiago

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: May 2, 2009

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