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Detroit Tigers Roster Report 2009-05-06


Detroit Tigers Roster Report 2009-05-06
Detroit began the week with 13 pitchers and only three bench players. That changed May 5, when LHP Clay Rapada was optioned to the minors and INF Jeff Larish was promoted. The move was made even though Detroit will soon face Cleveland, Minnesota and the Chicago White Sox, all of whom are loaded with left-handed hitters.

PLAYER NEWS:

--DH/OF Carlos Guillen, bothered by a sore Achilles tendon and most recently by a sore right shoulder, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday and will not accompany the Tigers on their road trip, which begins Wednesday. Guillen was hitting .200 with six RBIs in 24 games for the Tigers. "I'm not going to belabor the point," manager Jim Leyland said. "He's not right. We have to get him 100 percent. I think a two-week period will do that.

"Hopefully, he'll be activated after the two-week period. But I want him healthy."

--CF Curtis Granderson was yanked out of the leadoff spot Tuesday and batted fifth for Detroit for the first time. Manager Jim Leyland said when he got his first prolonged looks at Granderson that the center fielder would eventually hit in the middle of the order somewhere. Granderson, who hit his ninth home run Tuesday, will provide a little missing protection for cleanup hitter Miguel Cabrera. Whether Granderson's switch becomes permanent won't be known for sure until DH/LF Carlos Guillen gets off the disabled list in two weeks.

--LHP Clay Rapada was optioned back to Class AAA on Tuesday. Rapada was recalled on April 28 and had appeared in two games for Detroit, allowing two runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Ideally, Rapada should be used exclusively against left-handed hitters, but the Tigers weren't able to use him like that. His presence also meant less work for LHP Nate Robertson, who needs more work.

--INF Jeff Larish was recalled Tuesday from Class AAA Toledo to give Detroit more left-handed punch. Larish had only played five games for the Mud Hens after being sent down a week ago. He hit .368 with two home runs and five RBIs. He should get more at-bats this stint with Detroit. Manager Jim Leyland sent him in to play for 1B Miguel Cabrera late in Detroit's 9-0 win over Minnesota.

--RF Magglio Ordonez served as Detroit's designated hitter Tuesday night and did not bat either third or fourth for the first time in his tour with the Tigers. Ordonez, who has just two extra-base hits in the Tigers' first 26 games (both of them home runs), has been dropped from third to sixth in the batting order. It was the first time since 1998 that Ordonez batted sixth. "We've got to get something going and get Magglio out of the focus right now, just let him settle in and relax a little bit maybe," manager Jim Leyland said. "He's such a good hitter."

--OF Josh Anderson played left field Tuesday night and batted leadoff as manager Jim Leyland shook up his batting order. "I just wanted to give us some energy," Leyland said. "You saw it. We had speed in the outfield and a little energy at the top of the order. He went 2-for-5, drove in a run and scored once."

MEDICAL WATCH:

LF Carlos Guillen (left shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list May 5.

C Matt Treanor (torn labrum in right hip) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 24. He had surgery April 30, and is likely out for the season.

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

CATCHERS:

Gerald Laird

Dane Sardinha

INFIELDERS:

1B Miguel Cabrera

2B Placido Polanco

SS Adam Everett

3B Brandon Inge

INF Jeff Larish

INF Ramon Santiago

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Josh Anderson

CF Curtis Granderson

RF Magglio Ordonez

DH Clete Thomas

OF Ryan Raburn


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 6, 2009

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