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Polanco separated his left shoulder making a diving catch in the seventh inning of Detroit's 3-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. Detroit catcher Ivan Rodriguez said on the Tigers' postgame broadcast that Polanco was out for the year. "You don't replace a guy like Polanco," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "This is one of those things that has to be digested. I'll talk to the club about it, but we won't make excuses."
Rodriguez said there is no link between Sunday's eighth-inning ejection and the Tigers' struggles this weekend. He is hitless in his last 16 at-bats after going 0-for-12 during the three-game sweep by the White Sox. "It was not out of frustration at all because we lost all three games," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez was ejected in the eighth inning during the Detroit Tigers' game against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday after arguing with the home plate umpire over strike calls.
Maroth, who has been sidelined since May with elbow problems, made a rehab start for Triple-A Toledo. He allowed three runs _ including two homers _ in three-plus innings.
Monroe extended his hitting streak to a career-best 14 games with a first-inning single Monday. The hit also increased Monroe's career batting average against Minnesota to .348.
Monroe was 2-for-4 on Sunday and is batting .412 (21-for-51) in a 13-game hitting streak, the longest of his career.
Verlander will miss his start on Sunday because of fatigue in his right arm.
Casey homered in his first game with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday after being traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. He finished the game 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs and two runs scored.
Guillen hit for the Cycle in Detroit's 10-4 win over Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The Tigers shortstop is the 10th player in team history and third since 1951 to do so.
Verlander became the major leagues' first 14-game winner on Tuesday in Detroit's 10-4 win at Tampa Bay. He allowed three runs in eight innings, striking out four.
The Tigers acquired Casey from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday in exchange for minor-league pitcher Brian Rogers. Casey, a career .304 hitter, gives the AL Central-leading Tigers the left-handed-hitting presence they have lacked as they head toward a playoff berth.
Casey was scratched from the lineup with a strained rib cage muscle Saturday, the same night the Pirates drew a capacity crowd for a Casey bobblehead doll giveaway. Casey is unsigned past this season, and could be dealt before Monday's deadline for trading without waivers.
Verlander allowed one run in 6 2-3 innings, striking out eight, in the Tigers' 4-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.
The Tigers recalled Lewis from Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.
Polanco left Sunday's game against Oakland in the first inning after being hit in the head by a pitch from Esteban Loaiza. The 30-year-old Tigers second baseman walked off the field under his own power after being examined by Detroit trainers. He was replaced by Omar Infante.
Young was activated from the disabled list on Friday after being sidelined since May 22 with a leg strain and personal issues. The Tigers' designated hitter pleaded no contest last month to a domestic violence charge for assaulting a 21-year-old women in a Detroit hotel on April 14. Young, who said he was depressed and had a drinking problem, also spent 30 days at a California rehabilitation center and has said he has stopped drinking.
Santiago was sent to Triple-A Toledo on Friday to make room for designated hitter Dmitri Young, who was activated from the disabled list. Santiago, a 26-year-old shortstop, was hitting .206 with one RBI in 63 at-bats for Detroit this season.
Rogers was chosen as the AL starter for Tuesday's All-Star game. He is the first Tiger chosen to start an All-Star game since Jack Morris in 1985. Rogers is 11-3 with a 3.85 ERA this season for Detroit, which has the best record in the majors.
Ordonez was added to the AL All-Star team on Friday in place of Manny Ramirez, who has a sore right knee. Ordonez is batting .307 with 15 home runs and 59 RBIs this season. The 32-year-old Tigers' outfielder will play in his fifth All-Star game.
Detroit's Rogers was selected to his fourth All-Star team on Sunday as a starting pitcher for the American League. Rogers is 10-3 with a 3.72 ERA this season.
Detroit's Rodriguez was selected to his 13th All-Star team on Sunday, as the starting catcher for the American League. Rodriguez is batting .298 with seven homers and 38 RBIs this season.
Young will head to Florida to begin a workout and conditioning program on Wednesday as he attempts to return from a quadriceps injury. The Tigers designated hitter has been on the DL since May 22 and was granted permission to leave the team because of personal reasons. He missed a court appearance earlier this month and a warrant was issued for his arrest on accusations he choked a 21-year-old woman in a Detroit hotel on April 14.
Ordonez left Detroit's 5-0 victory over Houston in the fourth inning on Wednesday after fouling a pitch off his left shin. He singled the next pitch to center field, then signaled for the training staff and was replaced by pinch-runner Alex Gonzalez.
Maroth, on the 60-day disabled list, threw 45 pitches from 60 feet on Sunday morning. "They said I'd be out two to three months, and a month after (elbow) surgery, I'm throwing without pain," he said. "I would think I'm at least on the right pace."
Rodriguez left Friday night's 10-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals with a left wrist injury. The 34-year-old Detroit catcher was hurt when he was hit by a foul tip. X-rays were negative and his status is day-to-day.
Robertson gave up three runs _ two earned _ in 6 2-3 innings of Detroit's 4-3 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday, then left the game with tightness in his left quadriceps. He's listed as day-to-day and it isn't known if he'll make his next start.
Miner pitched his first career complete game, helping the Tigers beat Milwaukee 10-1 on Tuesday night. The 24-year-old right-hander, acquired last season from Atlanta as part of the Kyle Farnsworth deal, gave up only one hit in the first innings before allowing four hits and a run in the ninth.
Bonderman matched his season high with 12 strikeouts as the Tigers beat Milwaukee 3-1 on Monday night. The right-hander struck out six straight batters at one point, one short of the team record, and allowed only four hits and three walks. He became the first Tigers starter since Mickey Lolich to strike out 12 or more batters in consecutive games, having fanned 12 Devil Rays in his last start.
Granderson doubled, tripled and scored twice to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Granderson finished the day 2-for-3, reaching base four times. The Detroit centerfielder is batting .287 with 33 RBIs and nine home runs this season.
Maroth is expected to miss 2-3 months after undergoing successful arthroscopic elbow surgery in Los Angeles on Friday. The Tigers' left-hander, who has made at least 33 starts in each of the last three seasons, had bone chips removed from his pitching elbow.
Maroth is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his left elbow. The Tigers left-hander felt irritation in his elbow on May 35 against the Royals in a game in which he allowed six runs and six hits in the first inning, including three consecutive home runs.
Maroth was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Tigers due to left elbow irritation. The left-hander felt the pain during the first inning of the Tigers' 13-8 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, while giving up six runs and six hits, including three home runs over a 1-3 of an inning.
Spurling was recalled by the Tigers from Triple-A Toledo after pitcher Mike Maroth was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow irritation. This is Spruling's second stint with the Tigers this season.
Young returned to action Tuesday night after missing most of a week with a right quad strain. The time off didn't do Young much good, as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts as Detroit's designated hitter in a 7-4 victory over Minnesota.
After pitching simulated games Tuesday and Wednesday in Oakland, Jones was activated from the disabled list on Thursday. The Tigers' closer, who is coming back from a hamstring injury, will be available when Detroit plays at Seattle this weekend.
Casey suffered two fractures in his lower back Friday in Pittsburgh's 11-6 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates' first baseman will be lost six to eight weeks after colliding with Chicago's John Mabry on a play at the first-base bag.
Although his Detroit Tigers lost 10-2 to the Cleveland Indians Monday afternoon, Shelton homered in his third straight game to claim the major league lead with nine longballs. He has needed just 13 games to hit nine homers, and only three other players have done that to start a season. Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt hit 11 home runs in the first 13 games of the 1976 season, and Larry Walker in 1997 and Luis Gonzalez in 2001 stroked nine in 13 games.
Mohr was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday to fill the roster spot vacated by Coco Crisp, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left index finger.
Rodriguez went 5-for-5 with a homer, three doubles and five RBIs Wednesday, sparking the Detroit Tigers to a 14-3 victory and two-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals. The Tigers' catcher hit one of five homers by the Tigers. He stroked a two-run shot off Royals starter Joe Mays in the fifth inning to give Detroit a 6-0 lead. He also had an RBI double in a three-run first.
Jones aggravated a left hamstring injury over the weekend and begins the new season on the 15-day disabled list. The 37-year-old right-hander is expected to serve as the Tigers' closer in 2006, but Fernando Rodney will work the ninth inning while Jones rehabs his injury.
Rodney will begin the new season as Detroit's closer after Todd Jones was forced to start the year on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Rodney worked ninth innings for Detroit in August and September last season, and he finished the year with a 2-3 record, nine saves and a 2.86 ERA. He saved nine of 13 chances over the final two months of 2005.
Pena was released by the Tigers on Sunday, after hitting .160 with one home run during spring training.
After missing two weeks of spring training activity with oblique and quadriceps strains, Monroe made his Grapefruit League debut with a solo homer in the third inning of Detroit's 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With three concussions in his medical history, Casey will miss a couple of games with the Pirates after he took a pitch from Cincinnati's Michael Gosling off the batting helmet Wednesday.
Casey took a pitch from Cincinnati's Michael Gosling off the batting helmet Wednesday. The Pirates' first baseman lied on the ground for about 30 seconds, but he got up and took first base before leaving at the conclusion of the inning. Casey had minor swelling above his right eye, but otherwise appeared fine after the game.
Percival has vacated his locker and left the Detroit Tigers' training camp, possibly for good. The 36-year-old closer hasn't been the same since tearing a muscle near his pitching elbow in 2005, and he's experiencing both significant pain and a substantial loss in velocity this spring. Fully aware that he cannot be effective at the major league level in his current condition, Percival is expected to announce his retirement.
Monroe agreed Thursday to a $2.8 million, one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers. The 28-year-old outfielder earned $400,000 and finished last season with a .277 average, 20 homers and a team-high 89 RBIs in 567 at-bats.
Pena agreed to a one-year contract with Detroit on Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration. The first baseman hit .235 with 18 home runs and 44 RBIs in 79 games last season. He split time between the Tigers and Triple-A Toledo.
Bonderman agreed to a one-year deal with the Tigers on Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration. He went 14-13 with a 4.57 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 29 starts last season. The right-hander tied for second in the AL with four complete games.
Inge and Detroit agreed to a $3 million, one-year deal Wednesday. The third baseman played in 160 games for the Tigers last season, hitting .261 with 16 home runs and 72 RBIs in 616 at-bats.
Maroth re-signed with Detroit Wednesday, agreeing to a $5.25 million, two-year contract. The left-handed pitcher led the Tigers with 34 starts last season and went 14-14 with a 4.74 ERA in 209 innings pitched. He is expected to receive $2.3 million this year and $2.95 million in 2007.
Jones signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers. The 37-year-old closer joins the Tigers after saving 40 games with a 2.10 ERA for the Marlins in 2005.
The Cincinnati Reds traded Casey and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for left-handed pitcher Dave Williams. Casey missed time in 2005 due to a bruised left rotator cuff and a Grade II concussion. He hit .312 with nine home runs and 58 RBI last season.
The Detroit Tigers have signed Seay to a minor league contract. The 27-year-old left-hander will earn $375,000 if he is in the major leagues. If he pitches in the minors, he will make $100,000. Seay posted an 8.49 ERA in 17 relief appearances for the Colorado Rockies in 2005.
The Detroit Tigers exercised their 2006 option on Walker Wednesday. The left-handed reliever will earn $1.25 million next year. He appeared in a team-high games, going 4-3 with a 3.70 ERA.
Rodriguez still is bothered by his sore left calf, and it's starting to look as though the Tigers' catcher may not play again in 2005. It's possible that Rodriguez will finish the season at .278 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in 128 games.
Once again Rodriguez wasn't in the Detroit lineup against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon. The Tigers' catcher hasn't played since Monday because of a strained calf muscle. He tested the calf by doing some running before Thursday's contest, and he wasn't ready to return. Rodriguez remains day-to-day.
After a six-week layoff to rest and rehab his surgically repaired right knee, Guillen pinch-hit and struck out on Friday. On Sunday, the Tigers' shortstop pinch-hit in the fifth inning, stayed in the game as the designated hitter and singled in the eighth.
Casey may be done for the season following the third concussion of his career on Friday. The Reds don't want to risk a head injury over the final 12 days of the 2005 campaign. They are reserving judgment on Casey's status until a medical evaluation is performed on Friday.
Colon left Saturday's start against the Angels during the first inning because of biceps tendinitis, and the Detroit righthander is likely to miss his Friday start against Seattle. He left his last outing after facing only three batters. Jason Grilli or Sean Douglass would step in for Colon on Friday.
Young now has been out of the Detroit lineup for 11 straight games because of his sore right Achilles. He made two pinch-hit appearances over the weekend, going 2-for-2 with two RBI, but he isn't able to stay in the game because he can't run. Tigers manager Alan Trammell has to replace Young with a pinch-runner when he gets on base.
Guillen may be ready for his first game action since August 10 later this week, but the Tigers' shortstop would be limited to pinch-hitting. Guillen had been limited to rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee until resuming baseball activities recently.
After a bout of elbow stiffness, Bonderman made his first start in two weeks on Monday. The budding Tigers ace had a rough outing in Kansas City, allowing 11 hits and seven earned runs in 4.2 innings. The loss dropped the 22-year-old righthander's record to 14-13 in 29 starts. His ERA rose to 4.57.
Casey was examined Monday by spine specialist Dr. John Brannan and cleared to participate in light physical conditioning, but there's no timetable for his return to the Cincinnati lineup. The Reds' first baseman was knocked unconscious briefly and suffered a concussion after a collision on the field in Friday night's game at Pittsburgh.
Granderson collected five hits in a 5-3 loss to the Angels on Sunday. Detroit's rookie outfielder stroked four singles and a double, but no one managed to drive him home even once in a 5-3 Tigers loss.
Casey suffered a concussion Friday, when he was accidentally struck in the head by Pirates catcher Humberto Cota at first base. Diagnosed with a Grade 2 concussion, the Reds' first baseman won't play until at least Tuesday. "I'm sore and feel as if I have whiplash, and the right side of my neck is so tight," said Casey, about a collision he doesn't remember.
Rodriguez left Detroit's win over Los Angeles Thursday during the fifth inning. The Tigers' catcher departed with a right hamstring injury. Vance Wilson replaced him behind the plate.
Casey left the first game of Friday's doubleheader with the Pirates on a stretcher after being accidentally struck in the head by Pirates catcher Humberto Cota. Cota hit a groundball to Reds third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, and with the throw on the home plate side of first, Casey was hit in the head by Cota's forearm as he tried to avoid the first baseman's tag. Prior to being lifted off the field, Casey was talking to trainers while lying immobilized on the ground.
The Detroit Tigers took the lead for good on Thursday night when Granderson delivered a three-run, inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning of the Tigers' 8-6 victory over the Angels. The Tigers' outfielder hit a ball to the wall in center field, prompting the Angels' Chone Figgins to leap for it. When the ball rolled back toward the infield, Granderson turned on the jets and scored behind the two lead runners.
After sitting out Detroit's series finale with Minnesota on Wednesday afternoon, Young had missed the entire three-game set with the Twins. The Tigers' designated hitter hasn't played since last Thursday because of a sore right Achilles. He remains day-to-day.
Rodney missed out on a save opportunity today in the Tigers' 4-3 win over the Twins, as he left the team for the birth of his child. He will likely rejoin the club this Friday.
Bonderman played catch Tuesday for the first time since reporting stiffness in his right elbow last week. He will work a bullpen session on Wednesday. While the Detroit righthander won't be ready for the four-game set against the Angels, which begins on Thursday, he could return to the Tigers' rotation next week.
Due to some soreness in his right Achilles, Young was scratched from the Tigers' lineup for Saturday's meeting with the Kansas City Royals. The outfielder/first baseman/designated hitter, who was replaced by Carlos Pena, is listed as day-to-day.
After missing his scheduled start Friday with soreness in his pitching elbow, it is possible Bonderman may now miss his next start as well, even though the pitcher reported that his arm was feeling better. Bonderman is 14-12 with a 4.35 ERA this season.
Bonderman won't make his Friday start against Kansas City because of a sore elbow. The Detroit Tigers believe their budding ace will return before the season is over, but he won't pitch against the Royals this weekend.
Guillen is expected to rejoin his Detroit Tiger teammates on Monday, but it's only to begin baseball activities. He won't come off the disabled list for a while, as he has been limited to rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee since going on the DL in mid-August.
The Detroit Tigers have recalled Creek from Triple-A Toledo. The 36-year-old lefthander posted a 7.16 ERA in 14 relief appearances for Detroit earlier in the season.
In the first inning of Detroit's Monday night contest in Cleveland, Young stroked his second grand slam in three days. The bomb helped give the Tigers a 5-0 lead before the Indians came to the plate, but Cleveland responded with six first-inning runs and went on to claim a 10-8 victory.
Bonderman was hit in the right wrist by a line drive off the bat of Marco Scutaro in the fourth inning of last night's game against the Oakland Athletics and was forced to leave the game. Subsequent X-rays proved negative, but Bonderman may miss a start to recover from the bruise.
For the second time since being recalled on August 19, Pena had two home runs in a game. He went deep in the fourth and sixth innings and knocked in all four runs in the Tigers' 4-1 win over Oakland.
In his first game since being recalled from the minors, Pena went 3-4 with two solo home runs against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. Pena was a late add to the Detroit lineup on Friday when Magglio Ordonez was scratched because of the flu.
Jones continues to finish off the Marlins' opponents in late innings, as he's notched a save in each of his last 12 relief appearances. Over that span, the 37-year-old righthander has allowed just seven hits over 13.1 scoreless innings, striking out 12 batters and walking only one.
Rodriguez is expected to return to the Tigers' starting lineup this Friday when they face the Toronto Blue Jays. IRod has appeared in just one game since August 8, when he began serving a four-game suspension.
After being limited to pinch-hitting duties by a strained left shoulder the previous night, Casey was back in the Cincinnati Reds' starting lineup for Thursday afternoon's meeting with the San Francisco Giants. The veteran first baseman went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks in his return.
Casey was removed after the first inning of Tuesday night's game with strained left shoulder. He hurt it after a bad swing in his first at-bat. The injury occurred on a 1-1 pitch, but Casey managed to finish the at-bat with a groundout. He was removed after he could not lift his arm during the warmup before the second inning.
The Detroit Tigers placed Guillen on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of discomfort in his surgically repaired right knee. Doctors who have examined Guillen say he has not done any damage to his repaired ACL, but he will need at least two weeks to rest the sore knee. He is batting .318 with a .366 on-base percentage in 81 games this season.
On Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers placed Carlos Guillen on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Pena to fill the roster spot. Pena started the season with the Tigers, but was demoted to Triple-A Toledo at the end of May with a .181 average and .283 slugging mark. The 27-year-old first baseman produced just seven extra-base hits in 41 games. At Toledo, he hit .311 with 17 doubles, 12 homers, 45 RBI and a .525 slugging mark in 71 games.
Rodriguez is bothered by a sore left hip flexor, and the Tigers' catcher wasn't in the lineup for Detroit's 7-6 come-from-behind win over Boston on Monday. While manager Alan Trammell says I-Rod could be back on the field Tuesday night against the Red Sox, consider the veteran catcher day-to-day.
On Monday, the Detroit Tigers placed Rondell White on the 15-day disabled list with a separated shoulder and recalled Granderson from Triple-A Toledo. The outfield prospect was hitting .290 with 29 doubles, 13 triples, 15 homers and 65 RBI for Toledo. He scored 79 runs in 111 games there.
Rogers, who was rushed back into the Texas rotation Wednesday after having his suspension reduced by seven games, was roughed up for five fourth-inning runs in his first start since July 26. The Rangers' lefthander allowed five runs over five frames to the Red Sox, the most runs he's given up in a start since June 22, and he absorbed the loss in a 16-5 rout.
The Detroit Tigers will get Rodriguez back from his four-game suspension Friday, when they begin a three-game series against the Royals in Kansas City. I-Rod is hitting .293 with nine home runs and 41 RBI in 97 games this season.
Guillen got a day off on Thursday. Both of his knees are giving the Tigers' shortstop problems. His surgically repaired right knee has been especially sore, and his left one absorbed a foul ball off his bat during Monday's game against Toronto. He sits on the Tigers' bench Thursday, with a .318 average and .366 on-base percentage in 81 games.
Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled to cut short Rogers' suspension to 13 games, making Rogers available to start Wednesday at Boston. He last pitched on July 26, going seven innings and getting no decision in a loss to the Orioles.
As expected, Rodriguez began serving his four-game suspension Monday. He will be back in the Detroit lineup Friday, when the Tigers travel to Kansas City.
Guillen left Monday's game against the Blue Jays in the seventh inning with a bruised left knee. The Tigers' shortstop fouled a ball off his knee in the previous inning and was replaced by Omar Infante. It had been a very productive night for Guillen, as he was 2-for-3 with a home run before having to exit the game.
Over the weekend, Rodriguez told reporters that he intended to drop the appeal of his four-game suspension and begin serving his time on Monday. He would sit out Detroit's entire four-game set in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
Rodriguez has been suspended for four games and fined an undisclosed amount for his actions in a game against the Oakland A's last week. After being ejected for arguing balls and strikes, the Tigers' catcher got into a heated exchange with umpire Ted Barrett, making contact with his shoulder and mask. Upon his return to the dugout, Rodriguez proceded to toss a bag of balls and shin guards onto the field.
Casey recorded his first multihomer game of the 2005 campaign and 10th of his major league career, teeing off twice in Thursday's loss to the Atlanta Braves. The Reds' veteran first baseman connected for two-run homer in the fourth inning before adding a solo shot in the eighth. He also added a double in the sixth to score Ken Griffey.
On Tuesday, Polanco and the Detroit Tigers came to terms on a four-year, $18.4 million contract extension that locks up the infielder through the 2009 season. Polanco, who was acquired from Philadelphia on June 8, is batting .358 with a .426 on-base percentage in 31 games since joining the Tigers.
Rodney is the favorite to assume Detroit's closer duties for the remainder of the 2005 season. The incumbent, Kyle Farnsworth, was dealt to Atlanta on Sunday for two righthanded pitching prospects, and Rodney should find himself working ninth innings for the Tigers. He is 1-1 with a 2.21 ERA in 16 appearances. The 28-year-old righthander has allowed 19 hits and five walks while striking out 25 over 20.1 innings.
Rogers began serving his suspension this week, and it won't be until August 8 that the Texas lefthander will have his grievance heard by an arbiter. By then, Rogers will be nearly a dozen games into his 20-game suspension, so it appears he won't be pitching for the Rangers anytime soon.
After a September callup last year, Granderson made his 2005 debut with the Tigers this week, but Detroit optioned the outfield prospect back to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday when Placido Polanco came off the disabled list. The 24-year-old Granderson impressed in his six-game stay, going 7-for-22 (.318) with two triples, two homers and four RBI.
After Atlanta defeated Pittsburgh on Friday night, the Braves placed reliever Jay Powell on the 15-day disabled list with a serious elbow injury and replaced him on the roster with Colon. The 25-year-old righthander was 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Richmond. Colon has spent much of the season with the Braves, going 1-5 with a 5.28 ERA in 19 relief appearances and four starts.
Ordonez' hitting streak now has reached 20 games. He's a .410 hitter during the streak (32-for-78), with nine doubles, two dingers and 16 RBI. For the season, the batting average of the Tigers' right fielder has climbed to .333 (34-for-102), with 16 runs scored and 19 RBI in just 27 games. He's been out most of the year because of hernia surgery.
The Detroit Tigers activated Polanco from the disabled list Wednesday, and he was inserted into the leadoff spot for Detroit's 9-3 loss to Seattle. He went 3-for-5, scored a run and drove one home at the top of the Tigers' batting order.
Rogers' appeal of his 20-game suspension was denied Wednesday, and Commissioner Bud Selig has ordered that the Rangers' lefthander begin serving his punishment immediately.
In Detroit's 8-5 win over Seattle Tuesday, Ordonez singled to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. In his 19-game run, the Tigers' right fielder is batting .413 (31-for-75) with nine doubles, two dingers, 13 runs scored and 16 RBI.
Mantei, out for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on his left ankle, was transferred from the 15- to the 60-day disabled list.
Creek was outrighted to Triple-A Toledao today.
Bonderman dropped his appeal of a five-game suspension for his role in last Sunday's bench-clearing scuffle between Detroit and Kansas City and began serving the penalty on Monday. The Tigers' righthander is not expected to miss a start, however, as his next scheduled outing has been bumped from Saturday to Sunday.
Mantei had season-ending surgery on his left ankle Thursday. The Red Sox' reliever, who went on the DL for a ligament sprain in the ankle at the beginning of July, was considering surgery and a cortisone injection to possibly extend his season. The 32-year-old righthander made the right choice opting for surgery, as the procedure revealed that the damage to the ligament was quite extensive. Mantei finishes the year with a 1-0 mark and 6.49 ERA in 34 relief appearances.
With two doubles and a single in Detroit's win over Minnesota Sunday, Ordonez has a 17-game hitting streak that began on July 5. The Tigers' right fielder is 29-for-69 (.420) during his streak, with eight doubles, two homers and 14 RBI.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have released Taylor. The former Phillies prospect was 4-for-22 (.182) in 11 games with the Rays this season, marking his first major league experience since playing 100 games for Cincinnati in 2003. The 28-year-old Taylor also had batted .261 with seven home runs and 35 RBI in 67 games this season for the Rays' Triple-A affiliate at Durham.
Granderson hit his first career major league home run in the Tigers' 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the first game of Saturday's day-night doubleheader.
The Detroit Tigers optioned Hooper to Triple-A Toledo and recalled Justin Verlander. Verlander will be the starting pitcher in the second game of the Twins-Tigers day-night doubleheader Saturday. Hooper was 1-for-5 in six games with the Tigers this season.
The Detroit Tigers designated Creek for assignment Friday, a little more than two months after he joined the Tigers from Triple-A Toledo. In 14 games for Detroit, the 36-year-old lefthander posted a 7.16 ERA in relief.
Instead of returning to the lineup on Thursday, Polanco went on the disabled list Friday after his left hamstring swelled and proved too painful to play. The Tigers' second baseman has been diagnosed with a partially torn left hamstring tendon. He hasn't played for more than 10 days, so the Tigers were able to make the move retroactive to July 12.
On Thursday, Major League Baseball fined and suspended Bonderman for five games for his role in Sunday's bench-clearing scuffle between Detroit and Kansas City. The Tigers' starter would miss only one start if he serves his time, but he said he plans to appeal his penalty. Bonderman, who is 12-6 with a 4.05 ERA this season, can make his scheduled starts until his appeal has been heard and ruled on.
Granderson, the Tigers' most advanced outfield prospect, was recalled on Friday, when Placido Polanco was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. The 24-year-old Granderson was batting .297 with 28 doubles, 13 home runs and 59 RBI in 94 games for Triple-A Toledo.
Polanco is expected to return to the Detroit lineup Thursday night, when the Tigers host Minnesota at Comerica Park. The Tigers' second baseman has been out with a strained left hamstring and hasn't played since July 10.
After Kyle Farnsworth was touched for three ninth-inning runs and left with a stiff neck, Dingman came on to record the final out in Detroit's 8-6 win over the Chicago White Sox Wednesday. Since arriving a week ago, when closer Troy Percival went on the disabled list, Dingman has worked three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk while fanning four. Wednesday's save was the second of his career. He also recorded one with Colorado in 2001.
Detroit closer Kyle Farnsworth left Wednesday's win over the Chicago White Sox with a stiff neck, and it's likely that Rodney would get the ninth-inning call for the Tigers while Farnsworth is recuperating. Rodney is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 16.2 innings this season. He has fanned 17 in his last 9.2 frames.
Additional damage to the torn muscle in Percival's forearm has been found, and the Tigers' closer is done for the year. Rehabbing the injury would take at least two months, but surgery still may be required. Undergoing a surgical procedure, however, could mark the end of Percival's career. "It's a very difficult procedure," Tigers trainer Kevin Rand explained. "The success rate of someone coming back from that surgery and pitching isn't very good."
Polanco now has missed six straight games since straining his left hamstring more than a week ago. If he's not ready by Thursday for the start of a five-game series against the Twins, the Tigers might consider putting their second baseman on the disabled list. He is batting .319 with a .386 on-base percentage in 70 games this season.
Verlander, arguably the top pitching prospect in the Detroit system, is expected to get the call for Saturday night's start against the Minnesota Twins in Detroit. He will work the second game of a day-night doubleheader. The 22-year-old righthander came up to start against Cleveland on July 4, and he allowed four runs in 5.1 innings to take the loss in a 6-0 decision.
Rogers verbally confronted a cameraman for Dallas-Fort Worth television station WFAA as he was booked into the county jail Monday on misdemeanor assault charges stemming from an earlier tirade against two cameramen. The exchange was caught on tape, and shows the Rangers' lefty saying, "You're getting really close, you know that? Do you hear me?" After the cameraman replies that he's just doing his job, Rogers responds: Yeah. Your job. That's just your excuse."
Already on the 15-day disabled list with a partial tear of the right flexor muscle, Percival may now miss the rest of the season. The Tigers' new closer for 2005 landed on the DL for the second time this season when he tore a muscle in his forearm, and now according to doctors, must rest for at least two months. At this point in time, it is unknown if Percival will need surgery to repair the tear. Kyle Farnsworth will likely take over the closer duties for the Tigers.
Guillen, who was hit in the head Sunday and started a brawl between his Tigers and the Kansas City Royals, was back in the Detroit lineup Monday. He went 0-for-3 in the Tigers' 7-5 loss to the White Sox, and Guillen doesn't have a hit in his last 10 at-bats. His average has dropped to .337 in 62 games this season. He has scored 36 runs for Detroit.
Colon has been optioned to Triple-A Richmond by the Atlanta Braves, opening a spot on the roster for third baseman Chipper Jones, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Monday's meeting with the San Francisco Giants. In 23 appearances with the Braves this season, including four starts, the righthander was 1-5 with a 5.28 ERA.
Rogers turned himself in to authorities Monday on misdemeanor assault charges stemming from his tirade against two cameramen on June 29. The Rangers' lefthander faces a charge of assault with injury for shoving KDFW cameraman Larry Rodriguez. An assault citation also will be mailed to Rogers' attorney for shoving FOX Sports Net Southwest cameraman David Mammeli, although FOX Sports has declined to press criminal charges.
Seay has been optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs by the Colorado Rockies, creating a spot on the roster for fellow reliever Jose Acevedo, who will be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday. Seay has struggled in his last three outings, allowing five runs on four hits in just one inning of work. He also walked four batters over that span and blew a save.
Young had a sore calf after playing the outfield on Friday, so the Detroit Tigers decided to hold him out of the lineup on Saturday as a precautionary measure. The veteran slugger, who normally serves as the team's designated hitter, expects to return to action Sunday or Monday.
Rogers' hearing on his appeal of his 20-game suspension for shoving two cameramen is scheduled for next Thursday.
Rogers' hearing on his appeal of his 20-game suspension for shoving two cameramen is scheduled for next Friday.
The left hamstring Polanco strained on Sunday is still giving the Tigers' infielder trouble, and it's possible he may remain out of the Detroit lineup until Monday. Polanco, who is batting .319 with a .386 on-base percentage this season, is day-to-day.
The Detroit Tigers placed Percival on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, retroactive to July 10, with a partial tear of the right flexor pronator muscle mass. This is the same injury that cost the Tigers' closer nearly a month in May. Percival is 1-3 with eight saves and a 5.76 ERA in 26 games this season.
On Thursday, the Detroit Tigers put closer Troy Percival on the 15-day disabled list and recalled Dingman from Triple-A Toledo. Dingman, a 31-year-old righthander, was 2-1 with four saves and a 2.81 ERA in 35 games with Toledo.
Rogers will take part in this week's All-Star game, despite his recent problems. The Rangers' 40-year-old pitcher was suspended for 20 games and fined an undisclosed amount of cash for his physical confrontations Wednesday with two cameramen at Ameriquest Field in Arlington. Since he appealed the penalty, Rogers has continued to pitch for Texas.
Rogers will take part in this week's All-Star Game, despite his recent problems. The Rangers' 40-year-old pitcher was suspended for 20 games and fined an undisclosed amount of cash for his physical confrontations Wednesday with two cameramen at Ameriquest Field in Arlington. Since he appealed the penalty, Rogers has continued to pitch for Texas.
Although his jammed left pinkie finger was still a bit sore, Rodriguez was back in the Tigers' lineup for both Saturday and Sunday's games against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The catcher, who suffered the injury sliding into home plate on Wednesday and missed a couple of days, went 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBI in the pair of contests.
Although his jammed left pinkie finger was still a bit sore, Rodriguez was back in the Tigers' lineup for both Saturday's and Sunday's games against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The catcher, who suffered the injury sliding into home plate on Wednesday and missed a couple of days, went 3-for-8 with a home run and two RBI in the pair of contests.
Polanco came out of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after feeling some discomfort in his left leg while running out a grounder in the fourth inning. The Tigers' second baseman has been diagnosed with a strained hamstring tendon, and the team has listed him as day-to-day.
Rodriguez missed his second straight game when he sat out of the Tigers matchup with the Devil Rays on Friday night. The star catcher jammed his left pinky finger while sliding into a base on Wednesday. X-Rays were negative, but it is unlikely that he'll play the rest of the weekend.
X-rays on Rodriguez's finger proved negative, but it is unlikely that he'll play Friday against the Devil Rays. He could be ready to go before the weekend is over, however.
Ordonez homered for the third time since his return from the disabled list on July 1, boosting the Tigers to a 6-4 win over the Devil Rays Thursday night. In the seven games since rejoining the Detroit lineup, Ordonez is hitting .259 with eight RBI, but with three doubles and three homers among his seven hits, he is slugging .704 over that stretch.
Rodriguez left Detroit's 7-3 win over Cleveland Wednesday with a jammed little finger on his left hand. He suffered the injury while sliding as a baserunner. The Tigers' catcher is day-to-day and may not play much over the final days of the first half. He is a .290 hitter on the season, with five homers and 30 RBI in 72 games.
Young has seen his batting average dip to a season-low .241, so the Tigers decided to give him the day off on Wednesday. The designated hitter/first baseman has just one hit -- a home run -- in his last 26 at-bats, striking out nine times over that span.
Shelton continued his hot hitting in Wednesday's win over the Cleveland Indians, going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Since being recalled at the end of May, the Tigers' first baseman is batting .343 with five home runs and 22 RBI.
The Detroit Tigers recalled Verlander to start the second game of their July 4 doubleheader with Cleveland, and the promising 22-year-old righthander allowed seven hits and four runs over 5.1 innings of the Tigers' 6-0 loss to the Indians. Verlander, the second overall pick of last year's draft, took the "L" in his major league debut.
After making his major league debut in a 6-0 loss to Cleveland on Monday, Verlander was optioned back to Double-A Erie, where the 22-year-old righthander is 1-0 without allowing a run in two starts. In his debut, he allowed seven hits and four runs in 5.1 innings and took the loss.
On Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers optioned righthander Justin Verlander to Double-A Erie and recalled Hooper from Triple-A Toledo. After bouncing through three major league organizations in 2004, the 28-year-old infielder stands to make his major league debut with Detroit in the not-too-distant future. Hooper was batting .242 with a .317 on-base percentage in 45 games for Toledo.
Mantei was placed on the 15-day disabled list by Boston on Saturday with a sprained ligament in his left ankle. To fill his roster spot, the Red Sox have recalled Abe Alvarez from Triple-A Pawtucket. Mantei originally hurt the ankle back on April 25, but attempted to continue pitching through the injury, which likely has contributed to his struggles this season.
Rogers was suspended for 20 games and fined an undisclosed amount of cash for his physical confrontations Wednesday with two cameramen at Ameriquest Field in Arlington. The Texas southpaw will have plenty of time to cool down and have that broken finger heal from his recent assault of a water cooler.
On Friday, the Detroit Tigers activated Ordonez from the disabled list in time to start in right field against the New York Yankees. The veteran outfielder, who has been out since mid-April following hernia surgery, will bat cleanup for the Tigers.
To make room for the return of Magglio Ordonez from the disabled list Friday, the Detroit Tigers designated Gomez for assignment. The 26-year-old outfielder was 3-for-16 (.188) with two runs scored in nine games with Detroit.
Verlander, the second overall pick in 2004, will be recalled by the Detroit Tigers to make his major league debut in the Tigers' doubleheader with Cleveland on Monday. It's been a rapid rise for the 22-year-old righthander, who didn't sign until last October and made his professional debut this spring. He was 9-2 (1.67 ERA) in 13 starts at high Class-A Lakeland before a recent promotion to Double-A Erie. At Erie, Verlander is 1-0 without allowing a run in two starts.
While Rogers probably will avoid the disabled list and miss only Tuesday's start because of his broken right pinkie, the Rangers' lefthander could be looking at a suspension for his confrontation with two cameramen at his home park Wednesday. Before the Rangers hosted the Angels, Rogers shoved two cameramen and wrestled a camera from one of them. He kicked the camera after it landed on the ground.
As anticipated, Rogers missed his scheduled start on Tuesday, due to a broken bone at the base of the pinkie finger on his right (non-pitching) hand. However, the Rangers are confident that the veteran lefthander will be ready to return to the mound for his next turn in the rotation -- this weekend against the Seattle Seahawks. Rogers was injured after departing his last home start on June 17, when he struck a water cooler in the dugout out of frustration.
Rogers has been diagnosed with a broken bone at the base of his right pinkie. The Texas southpaw was injured after departing his last home start on June 17, when he struck a water cooler in the dugout out of frustration.
After nearly three weeks out of the Detroit Tigers' lineup with a pulled left hamstring, Guillen was activated from the disabled list Sunday and went 1-for-5 with a double in a 13-7 loss to Arizona. The shortstop was having a solid season before he was sidelined, though he also was bothered by discomfort in his surgically repaired right knee before he injured his hammy. In 46 games for Detroit, Guillen is batting .351 with a .403 on-base percentage and 25 runs scored.
On Sunday, the Detroit Tigers activated starting shortstop Carlos Guillen from the disabled list and optioned Giarratano to Double-A Erie. A highly regarded prospect in the Tigers' system, Giarratano was 6-for-42 (.143) with a home run and four runs scored in 15 games with Detroit. The 22-year-old rookie is hitting .253 with two homers and 22 RBI in 43 games for Erie.
On Monday, Ordonez will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Detroit's Triple-A affiliate in Toledo. The 31-year-old right fielder will play five innings in the field for Toledo Monday. The Tigers won't activate Ordonez until he plays nine innings in the outfield on back-to-back days. Manager Alan Trammell expects his right fielder will return to the Tigers in about a week.
On Saturday, the Atlanta Braves demoted top hitting prospect Andy Marte to Triple-A Richmond and recalled Colon to make his first major league start for Atlanta that evening. The 25-year-old righthander had spent the entire season in Atlanta's bullpen until his demotion to Double-A Mississippi on June 12. He posted an 0-3 record and 8.50 ERA in 18 relief appearances for Atlanta.
Ordonez has been traveling and working out with the Detroit Tigers in recent days, with next week tentatively targeted for the start of a minor league rehab assignment. The Tigers' outfielder is coming back from hernia surgery in late April.
On Friday, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays recalled righthander Dewon Brazelton from Double-A Montgomery and outrighted Gardner to Triple-A Durham to make room for him. Gardner has posted a 4.91 ERA in five relief appearances for the Rays.
Young had a wild throw glance off his throwing hand on Wednesday, and the Tigers' first baseman was replaced at first by Jason Smith during the third inning. X-rays revealed only a bruise, and Young is day-to-day. Detroit manager Alan Trammell said Young should be back on the field Friday or Saturday.
On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays designated Taylor for assignment, in order to make room on the 25-man roster for DH-corner infielder Eric Munson. Taylor's stint in the majors, his first since 2003, lasted a little more than two weeks. In 11 games with the Rays, the 28-year-old Taylor was 4-for-22 (.182) with two doubles and two runs scored.
Polanco went 3-for-5 and scored two runs in Tuesday's victory over the Minnesota Twins, marking the ninth time in 10 games he's hit safely since being acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this month. With the Tigers, the infielder is batting .405 with one home run, seven RBI and two stolen bases. He was batting .316 with Philly prior to the trade.
Bonderman notched his first complete game of the season and third of his major league career, tossing nine solid innings in Tuesday's victory over the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers' righthander allowed two runs on five hits, struck out a season-high nine batters and walked two.
On Friday, Guillen said that he was optimistic to be ready to play by the time the Tigers can officially activate him from the disabled list on Thursday. Guillen was put on the 15-day DL on June 8 due to a pulled left hamstring. Before going down, the shortstop was batting a robust .355 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 45 games.
Casey returned to the Reds lineup after missing two games due to a death in his family. Casey won't need any more time off, and you should expect him to be in the lineup every day.
Giarratano, a highly regarded Detroit rookie who has taken over for injured shortstop Carlos Guillen, is in a 3-for-32 slump since June 4. The 22-year-old prospect may get some competition for playing time at short, as Jason Smith has been recalled and Omar Infante has been taking grounders at the position during practice sessions.
Casey will leave the Cincinnati Reds and miss two games because of a death in his family. The Reds' first baseman played on Tuesday after receiving the news, but he will leave Boston for the funeral on Thursday and return to the team on Friday.
On Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers placed Guillen on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 8, with a pulled left hamstring. To fill the hole in their infield, the Tigers recalled Jason Smith from Triple-A Toledo.
On Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers recalled outfield prospect Alexis Gomez from Triple-A Toledo and demoted Thames to the same affiliate. The 28-year-old Thames batted .188 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 85 at-bats with the Tigers.
In a Tuesday shuffle of players, the Detroit Tigers recalled Gomez from Triple-A Toledo. The former Royals prospect was batting .293 with 22 runs scored and 18 RBI in 58 games for Toledo.
Ordonez is now hacking away in batting practice. He took part in an early batting-practice group that lasted 45 minutes on Wednesday. The Tigers' outfielder clearly is showing signs of being healthy again after hernia surgery. While Ordonez isn't expected back before the All-Star break, he isn't too far off from returning.
As expected, Guillen missed Detroit's 3-1 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday, as he rests a mild left hamstring strain that he suffered on Tuesday. The Tigers are off Thursday and hope Guillen's ready to return on Friday, but that's not likely. There wasn't much improvement in the hammy from Tuesday to Wednesday.
The Detroit Tigers activated Rodney from the disabled list Thursday, in order to take the roster spot vacated by traded reliever Ugueth Urbina. The 28-year-old Rodney is coming back from reconstructive elbow surgery in 2004 and inflammation in his right shoulder, which sidelined him just prior to the start of the 2005 campaign. Rodney last pitched in the majors on September 27, 2003.
The Philadelphia Phillies have traded Polanco to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for reliever Ugueth Urbina and infielder Ramon Martinez. Splitting time with Chase Utley at second base the majority of this season, Polanco is batting .316 with three home runs and 20 RBI.
Just after returning to action following some swelling and discomfort in his surgically repaired right knee, Guillen suffered a mild strain of his left hamstring trying to score from second base on a single during Detroit's victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. The Tigers' shortstop left the game with what the team's trainer called a spasm or cramp. Guillen is likely to miss a game or two as a precaution.
Taylor started in center field on Tuesday, the day he was recalled and DH Josh Phelps was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The 28-year-old former Phillies prospect doubled in three trips, scoring a run and also driving in a run in a 9-7 loss to Cincinnati.
Detroit shortstop Carlos Guillen tweaked his left hamstring in Tuesday's win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Giarratano is likely to start for a couple of days in his place. The 22-year-old rookie has fared well in his first week in the majors, batting .267 (4-for-15) with a homer, three RBI, two walks and a .353 on-base percentage.
Getting a few less at-bats as Tampa Bay's DH in a National League park is the least of Phelps' concerns, as the Devil Rays designated him for assignment on Tuesday. The 27-year-old Phelps was batting .266 with 10 doubles, five homers and 26 RBI in 47 games for Tampa Bay.
Taylor, a one-time top prospect of the Philadelphia Phillies, has been recalled by Tampa Bay from Triple-A Durham. The 28-year-old outfielder was enjoying one of his best Triple-A seasons this spring, batting .284 with seven homers and 31 RBI in 52 games. He got the call Tuesday, after the Rays designated DH Josh Phelps for assignment.
Rogers won his eighth straight start on Sunday, limiting the Royals to five hits and one run over seven innings. It's the third straight start the Texas lefthander has worked seven frames and allowed a single run. Sunday's win, which pushes Rogers' record to 8-2 with a major league-best 1.62 ERA, also marked his ninth straight quality start.
Young and Chris Shelton have been sharing first-base and DH duties of late, but only one of them can be in the lineup each night this week. The Detroit Tigers play interleague series in Los Angeles and Colorado, eliminating the DH option.
His surgically repaired right knee is doing better, and Guillen returned to the Tigers' lineup over the weekend. He served as Detroit's DH on Saturday, then returned to his shortstop position on Sunday. Guillen went 4-for-8 with two runs scored and two driven in against Baltimore.
Phelps will have trouble finding the at-bats he is used to, as the Cleveland Indians will play interleague series in San Diego and San Francisco this week. The Indians' DH, who will be available to pinch-hit for his pitchers this week, is hitting .266 with five home runs and 26 RBI in 47 games this season.
Phelps will have trouble finding the at-bats he is used to, as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will play interleague series in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh this week. The Rays' DH, who will be available to pinch-hit for his pitchers this week, is hitting .266 with five home runs and 26 RBI in 47 games this season.
Shelton and Dmitri Young have been sharing first-base and DH duties of late, but only one of them can be in the lineup each night this week. The Detroit Tigers play interleague series in Los Angeles and Colorado, eliminating the DH option.
After missing nearly a month with a partially torn flexor pronator muscle mass in his right forearm, Percival has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Detroit Tigers. Prior to his stint on the DL, the veteran closer was 1-1 with three saves and a 3.65 ERA in 12 appearances with the Tigers. Wilfredo Ledezma was optioned to Triple-A Toledo to open a spot on the roster.
Polanco went 3-for-4 in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks, belting two home runs, driving in three runs and scoring twice. Over his last six games, the Phillies' infielder is 14-for-25 with a double, two homers and nine RBI. He's improved his batting average by more than 50 points over that span.
Seay, who missed more than six weeks with a bruised left pectoral muscle, has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies. The lefthander takes the roster spot of injured starter Shawn Chacon. In three games prior to the injury, Seay allowed one run on three hits in two innings of work. He struck out three and walked one.
Ledezma has been optioned to Triple-A Toledo by the Detroit Tigers, opening a spot on the roster for veteran closer Troy Percival, who is slated to come off the 15-day disabled list in time for Sunday's meeting with the Baltimore Orioles. The lefthander has made nine starts for the Tigers this season, going 2-4 with a 6.75 ERA. He allowed seven runs -- five earned -- over just 4.1 innings in his most recent outing on Saturday.
Percival moved closer to returning to action after throwing a simulated game on Friday. The reliever has been on the disabled list since early May with a partially torn flexor pronator muscle mass in his right forearm. Before being sidelined, Percival was 1-1 with three saves and a 3.65 ERA in 12 appearances with the Tigers.
Ludwick cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo by the Cleveland Indians on Friday. He'll be able to get some at-bats and get himself in a better position to help the Indians later in the summer. The 26-year-old outfielder was 9-for-41 (.220) with four homers in just 19 games with Cleveland this season.
Ordonez hit off a tee and played catch Wednesday, marking the start of baseball activity after having hernia surgery in April. The Tigers' right fielder still is a number of weeks from returning, but he's making progress.
The Detroit Tigers are hoping that Guillen can return to the lineup on Friday, when the team opens a weekend series with Baltimore at Comerica Park. The Tigers' shortstop hasn't played since Saturday, resting a surgically repaired right knee that has given him problems since he jammed it sliding in mid-May.
In an 8-2 Texas win on Tuesday, Rogers registered his seventh straight win and eighth straight quality start. The 40-year-old lefthander made it seven wins in seven outings Tuesday, limiting Detroit to three hits, a walk and a single run over seven frames while striking out six. Those seven wins without a loss date back to April 27, and his six victories in May set a team record for that month.
In Detroit's 8-2 loss to Texas on Tuesday, Rodriguez was struck by a ninth-inning foul tip at the bottom of the thumb in the area near the palm. After the game, the Tigers' catcher said he has a fracture in his right hand, but expects to continue playing despite the injury. He said X-rays revealed the fracture.
After a three-week layoff for a partial tear of the flexor pronator muscle mass in his right forearm, Percival threw roughly 35 fastballs off a bullpen mound on Sunday and mixed in curveballs and breaking balls in his second bullpen session Tuesday afternoon. If he feels fine on Wednesday, the Tigers' closer is expected to work a simulated game on Friday at Comerica Park.
That inflammation in Guillen's surgically repaired right knee continues to bother the Tigers' shortstop, who hasn't played since Saturday. An examination on Tuesday ended concerns about a new injury or further damage to the knee. Guillen remains day-to-day.
Pena hasn't been able to escape a season-long funk, and on Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers sent the first baseman to Triple-A Toledo to try to regain his stroke. The 27-year-old Pena was batting .181 with three homers and 14 RBI in 41 games for the Tigers this season.
Shelton, a Rule 5 acquisition in 2004 by Detroit, has been recalled by the Tigers to replace struggling first baseman Carlos Pena on the 25-man roster. Shelton has been impressive at Triple-A Toledo this spring, batting .331 with eight homers and 39 RBI in 48 games.
On Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers purchased the contract of Giarratano from their Double-A Erie affiliate. Arguably the team's top infield prospect, the 22-year-old Giarratano was batting .253 with two homers and 22 RBI in 43 games for Erie. The Tigers designated Jason Smith for assignment to make room for Giarratano on the 25-man roster.
To make room for Juan Gonzalez on the 25-man roster, the Cleveland Indians designated Ludwick for assignment on Tuesday. The 26-year-old outfielder is out of options, so the Indians have 10 days to trade, release or place him on waivers. He was batting .220 (9-for-41) with four homers in 19 games with Cleveland this spring.
Percival, who has been sidelined for more than three weeks with a partial tear of the flexor pronator muscle mass in his right forearm, reported no major problems after throwing around 35 fastballs off a bullpen mound on Sunday. The Tigers' closer will expand his workouts by tossing some breaking balls over the next couple of days, and if all goes well, he could be facing batters by the end of the week.
Casey got his first start in nearly a week, going 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored in Sunday's victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds' first baseman, who had been limited by a bruised rotator cuff in his left shoulder, extended his hitting streak to six games. Over that span, he is 9-for-17 with three doubles, three walks, one RBI and a stolen base.
After missing a couple of days with inflammation in his surgically repaired right knee, Guillen was back in the Tigers' lineup for Saturday's meeting with the Baltimore Orioles, going 1-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts. However, the knee flared up again, and he was unavailable for Sunday's action. The Tigers have listed the shortstop as day-to-day, but have not ruled out a trip to the 15-day disabled list.
Monroe was quite productive in the Tigers' three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend, belting a home run in each contest. In addition, the outfielder extended his current hitting streak to six games. Over that span, he is 7-for-23 with three home runs, six RBI and two walks.
Rogers won his sixth straight start on Thursday, working seven innings and allowing a single run in the Rangers' 8-1 win over Kansas City. The Texas lefthander also extended his streak of quality starts to seven. He now is 6-2 with an American League-leading 1.69 ERA.
Higginson underwent successful surgery Thursday for a bone chip and bone spur in his right elbow. The Tigers' outfielder will be out of action for 8-12 weeks. He was 2-for-26 (.077) on the season as a part-time player.
After batting .422 in 17 games in April, Logan earned a chance as Detroit's leadoff hitter roughly a week ago. The experiment didn't last long, as the Tigers' rookie has been stuck in a 6-for-42 skid (.143) since May 14. In those 10 games, Logan has failed to record an extra-base hit or RBI, and he's scored just two runs for the Tigers.
An MRI on Casey's left shoulder has revealed a bruised rotator cuff, an injury suffered while the first baseman was trying to field a grounder in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game against the Washington Nationals. Casey was absent from the Reds' starting lineup on Wednesday and has been listed as day-to-day.
Guillen returned to the Tigers infield on Friday after sitting out the previous two games with problems in his surgically repaired right knee. Guillen had fluid drained from his knee on Tuesday, and should be ready for full action after the days off.
Guillen, who jammed his surgically repaired right knee sliding on Tuesday, sat out Detroit's win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday and will not be in the Tigers' lineup for the series finale on Thursday. There's a chance he'll be ready for Friday night's contest against Arizona, perhaps as the team's designated hitter.
Casey went a perfect 5-for-5 with a double, home run, four RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's loss to the New York Mets. With the performance, which tied a career high for hits in a single game, the Reds' first baseman improved his season batting average nearly 25 points, from .273 to .297.
A week ago, Guillen had to have his surgically repaired right knee drained of fluid, and on Tuesday he jammed it returning to third base on a pickoff throw in the sixth inning of Detroit's 4-3 win over Tampa Bay. The Tigers' shortstop left the game in the ninth inning.
There doesn't appear to be any long-term concerns about aggravating the knee on Tuesday night. It's possible Tigers manager Alan Trammell will sit Guillen on Wednesday night as a precaution, but the shortstop isn't expected to miss any time beyond Wednesday.
With Coco Crisp on the disabled list with a thumb injury, Ludwick could see more time in left field. The 26-year-old outfielder will compete for time with 27-year-old Jody Gerut, who was recalled on Wednesday from Triple-A Buffalo. For the season, Ludwick is hitting .216 (8-for-37) with three homers and four RBI in 16 games.
Rodriguez took a Garret Anderson foul ball off his left big toe during the first inning of Detroit's loss to the Angels Sunday. By the third inning, the pain in the toe forced the Detroit catcher to leave the game. Vance Wilson entered the game to replace him.
X-rays after the game verified that nothing was broken. The Tigers are off on Monday, and Rodriguez said he expects to be ready to play when Detroit hosts Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Young rolled an ankle while running across first base in Detroit's loss to the Angels Sunday, forcing the Tigers' designated hitter to leave the game. X-rays after the game revealed nothing serious, and Young said he expects to play when Detroit hosts Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
For the season, Young is hitting .290 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 33 games.
Rogers extended his consecutive scoreless-innings streak to 30 innings on Saturday when he shut out the Twins. Rogers' offense gave him five runs to work with, highlighted by a four-run fifth inning. That proved to be more than enough as Rogers cruised, striking out two while walking none, and giving up only six hits in a complete-game victory. Rogers threw only 104 pitches to bring his season record to 4-2 with a 1.49 ERA.
Who knows how much longer the 40-year-old veteran can continue, but as long as he's rolling along, keep riding his impressive numbers.
Higginson has been told that he has bone spurs and bone chips in his right elbow that likely will require surgery. The outfielder will now seek a second opinion. If surgery is required, Higginson would miss six to eight weeks.
On Friday the Tigers placed Higginson on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right elbow. The elbow had been bothering Higginson since May 6 when he sat out his first game with soreness. Higginson had an MRI exam last Saturday revealing a bone spur in his throwing elbow, and although he was taking anti-inflammatory medication, he will now sit out an additional eight days with the injury.
Higginson is only batting .077 on the season (2-for-26), and is no longer a fantasy factor. He has been replaced in the Tigers' starting outfield by a number of young players such as Marcus Thames, Craig Monroe, and Nook Logan.
Higginson's tender and swollen right elbow is keeping the Tigers' outfielder from hitting and throwing. Higginson said he had an MRI exam on his throwing elbow on Saturday, which he said detected a bone spur. He is taking anti-inflammatory medication.
Limited to pinch-running, Higginson still may face a stint on the disabled list unless his elbow shows marked improvement over the next day or two.
Guillen sat out Detroit's win over Texas Monday night because of a fluid buildup in the right knee that required surgery last September. The Tigers' shortstop will serve as the team's designated hitter on Tuesday. That allows Tigers manager Alan Trammell to get Guillen's bat into the lineup. The 29-year-old veteran is batting .387 with 20 runs scored and 11 RBI in 28 games this season.
Rogers turned in his third straight scoreless outing for the Texas Rangers Sunday -- an eventual 7-2 victory over Cleveland -- and the 40-year-old lefthander now has worked 21 consecutive scoreless innings. Rogers scattered six hits, struck out four and walked four while winning his third straight start. He has the longest shutout streak by a Rangers starter since setting the club record of 39 consecutive scoreless innings in 1995.
Rogers also has blanked Seattle and Oakland during his scoreless run. For the season, the southpaw is 3-2 in seven starts, with an American League-leading 1.79 ERA.
On Monday, the Detroit Tigers placed Percival on the 15-day disabled list with a partial tear of his right flexor pronator muscle mass. To replace Percival on the 25-man roster, the Tigers recalled righthander Chris Spurling from Triple-A Toledo. Percival was 1-1 with three saves in five chances and a 3.65 ERA this season.
Ugueth Urbina looks like the primary ninth-inning option for the Tigers with Percival on the sidelines. More should be known in the days ahead about how long Percival will be out.
On Monday, the Detroit Tigers placed Percival on the 15-day disabled list with a partial tear of his right flexor pronator muscle mass in his forearm. To replace Percival on the 25-man roster, the Tigers recalled righthander Chris Spurling from Triple-A Toledo. Percival was 1-1 with three saves in five chances and a 3.65 ERA this season.
The injury will not require surgery, but Percival will be out 4-6 weeks. Ugueth Urbina looks like the primary ninth-inning option for the Tigers with Percival on the sidelines.
After getting a rare start on Thursday, Higginson's right elbow swelled up overnight and remained quite painful through the weekend. It's possible that a stint on the disabled list is brewing for the veteran outfielder, who is 2-for-26 (.077) on the season and stuck in an 0-for-21 slide. He recorded his only two hits and one RBI for the season on April 7, and he hasn't score a run since then.
With Detroit closer Troy Percival going on the 15-day disabled list with an arm injury on Monday, the Tigers have recalled Spurling from Triple-A Toledo. The 27-year-old righthander joins the Tigers after appearing in 12 games with the Mud Hens, posting a 2-1 record with one save and a 4.12 ERA.
Spurling joins the Tigers' pen just 14 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He probably won't be a key late-inning reliever, but it's remarkable he's reached Detroit so soon after having his elbow rebuilt.
As a backup outfielder for the Detroit Tigers this season, Higginson generally has been getting starts every 5-10 days. The infrequent play hasn't worked well for the 34-year-old outfielder. He is 2-for-26 (.077) on the season, and he's on an 0-for-21 slide. Higginson's only two hits came in his first of six starts this season on April 7. He recorded his only RBI that day and hasn't scored a run since then.
Inge has been in a 3-for-25 slummp (.120) over his last seven games, and perhaps a reason is that the Tigers' third baseman has been playing with strep throat over that stretch. A nasty respirtory bug that has hit the Detroit clubhouse spun off into strep throat for Inge. He's been fighting a fever for much of the time, but he has begun an antibiotic and is starting to feel better.
Inge's 3-for-25 slide has dropped his average and on-base percentage from .355 and .437 to .297 and .383. His .388 OBP in the leadoff spot this season has been a big plus for the Tigers.
While Young missed his fourth straight game with a flu bug on Wednesday night, the Tigers' designated hitter pinch-hit and singled in the ninth inning of Detroit's 4-3 loss to Boston. On Thursday, he's back in the Tigers' lineup for their matinee against the Red Sox.
For the season, Young is hitting .314 with five homers and 17 RBI in 23 games.
Monroe was absent from the Tigers' lineup for Thursday's game against the Boston Red Sox, one day after straining his groin while running down a fly ball in the outfield. According to manager Alan Trammell, the injury is considered minor, and the outfielder was held out as a precautionary measure. He should return to action this weekend.
Nook Logan got the starting nod for Detroit in Monroe's absence. In 26 games this season, Monroe is batting .261 with three home runs, 19 RBI and two stolen bases.
Monroe was absent from the Tigers' lineup for Thursday's game against the Boston Red Sox, one day after straining his groin while running down a flyball in the outfield. According to manager Alan Trammell, the injury is considered minor, and the outfielder was held out as a precautionary measure. He should return to action this weekend.
Nook Logan got the starting nod for Detroit in Monroe's absence. In 26 games this season, Monroe is batting .261 with three home runs, 19 RBI and two stolen bases.
Casey notched a lone single in four at-bats in Tuesday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, but extended his current hitting streak to 12 games. Over that span, the Reds' first baseman is 18-for-47 (.383) with four doubles, one home run and six RBI.
During the streak, Casey has improved his season batting average from .250 to .313.
Young had hoped to return to the Tigers' lineup for Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox, but he was a last-minute scratch because of lingering problems caused by the flu. The designated hitter, who hasn't played since Saturday, was in need of a short break, as he was just 1-for-12 in his last three games, including seven strikeouts.
Despite his recent slump, Young's numbers on the season are still solid. In 22 games, he is batting .306 with five home runs, 17 RBI and one stolen base, but he's fanned 21 times in 85 at-bats. Expect him to return to action Tuesday or Wednesday.
With Guillermo Mota headed to the 15-day disabled list with an elbow problem, Jones is slated to step into the closer role for the Florida Marlins. The veteran righthander, who notched a save in Friday's victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, has a 1.69 ERA in nine relief appearances this season.
Jones has plenty of experience as a closer, boasting 187 saves in his major league career. Mota is slated to miss at least three weeks, so if you need someone to fill in during that span, Jones is not a bad option.
Guillen will be held out of Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox as a precautionary measure after leaving Saturday's contest in the eighth inning with soreness in his hamstring. According to manager Alan Trammell, The injury is not considered serious, and the shortstop should be back in the Tigers' lineup within the next couple of days.
Ramon Martinez will get the starting nod at short in Guillen's absence. In 21 games this season, Guillen is batting .385 with one home run, eight RBI and one stolen base.
With a hit and two RBI in Detroit's 10-3 win over Cleveland Wednesday, Inge has extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He's 18-for-49 (.367) during the streak.
Inge has hit safely in 17 of 19 contests this season, en route to hitting percentages of .356/.434/.534. He has scored 16 runs and driven in 13. Inge may not keep up that kind of pace all year, but he has become a decent big league hitter after being overmatched in his early years with Detroit.
Mohr has wrapped up a short minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs and been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Colorado Rockies. The outfielder, who takes the roster spot of struggling reliever Ryan Speier, missed the last three weeks with a strained left calf muscle.
Mohr and Brad Hawpe are expected to split time in right field for the Rockies going forward. In 117 games with the San Francisco Giants last season, Mohr batted .274 with seven home runs and 28 RBI.
Three innings after David Wells left Boston's Monday loss with a foot injury, Mantei turned his left ankle backing up third base and left the game immediately. While X-rays were negative, the Red Sox' reliever said the ankle was a bit tender. He noted that it was an ankle he had sprained roughly 10 times over his career.
Manager Terry Francona said Mantei probably would have stayed in the game if it was tied. That suggests the injury is minor, which is more than can be said about Wells' injury earlier in the game.
Ordonez is scheduled for hernia surgery in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Tigers' outfielder is expected to miss 8-12 weeks following the procedure. The estimated time that will be needed to rehab from surgery has been increased from original projections of 4-6 weeks.
After going 1-for-4 in Detroit's win over Minnesota Monday, Inge has an 11-game hitting streak in which he is 17-for-45 (.378) with 11 runs scored and seven RBI. The Tigers' third baseman has hit safely in 16 of 18 games this season.
Inge is hitting .362 on the season. On top of that, he has taken over as Detroit's leadoff hitter, and he has a .412 on-base percentage as the No. 1 guy in the batting order.
Last week's bone scan didn't locate a fracture of any kind, and the final word seems to be that Ordonez has a hernia. The Tigers' outfielder has an appointment with a Philadelphia-based hernia specialist on Monday, and it's likely that surgery on the ailment will take place soon. Ordonez is expected to miss 4-6 weeks following surgery.
Everyone in the Detroit rotation will get some extra rest with the snowstorm that cancelled a pair of Tigers-Twins games over the weekend. The fifth starter, Ledezma, will endure the longest stretch of time off between starts, as he may not make a start for as many as nine days following his last outing on April 20. The righthander is 1-1 with a 5.82 ERA in three starts so far in 2005.
Mohr is scheduled to begin a four-game minor league rehab assignment on Saturday. The outfielder is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf.
Once he is activated, the Rockies plan on Mohr being their primary right fielder.
Somehow ailments suffered by Ordonez are never simple matters. After it was decided that the Tigers' outfielder needed hernia surgery, a Montreal-based hernia specialist has told the patient that he's not certain his injury is a hernia. A bone scan will be taken on Thursday, and that may make the final determination as to what ails Ordonez.
Viral infections can create pains in the same areas as a hernia can, and they can complicate getting an accurate diagnosis of a hernia. There also are many types of hernias, and some are very difficult to detect. If the final word is hernia, Ordonez will miss at least 4-6 weeks, as originally reported. If the pain is from another source, the length of time missed could change.
Rodriguez had to leave Detroit's win over Baltimore on Monday because of back stiffness. As a precaution, manager Alan Trammell kept the Tigers' catcher on the bench for the series finale on Tuesday. Rodriguez was itchy to play on Tuesday, so Trammell may relent when the Tigers host the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
Rodriguez is in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak in which he has hit .368 (14-for-38) with seven runs scored and six RBI. Detroit's catcher had turned it up a notch in his last three games, going 7-for-13 (.538) with four doubles, a homer and five RBI. If Pudge plays against the White Sox on Wednesday, both he and Sox third baseman Joe Crede will have 10-game streaks on the line.
The second-longest hitting streak in the majors, after the 19-gamer by the red-hot Brian Roberts of Baltimore, belongs to Young, Detroit's designated hitter. Young has an 11-game run after collecting a single in the Tigers' 8-4 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday.
During his 11-game streak, Young is a .364 hitter (16-for-44) with two doubles, a triple, a homer, nine runs scored and eight RBI. He's been productive, but the Tigers have gone just 4-7 during the streak.
A bruised left pectoral muscle has landed Seay on the 15-day disabled list for the Colorado Rockies. The lefthander, who suffered the injury while playing catch prior to Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants, will be replaced on the roster by Jose Acevedo.
Since being acquired from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays earlier this month, Seay has appeared in three games with the Rockies, allowing one run on three hits in two innings of work. He has three strikeouts and one walk. Seay's production does not warrant fantasy consideration.
Due to continued abdominal problems, Ordonez was sent back to Detroit on Thursday to undergo more tests. The Tigers' outfielder, who has been limited to just three games this season, is not expected to be available for Friday's meeting with the Kansas City Royals, and a timetable for his return has not been set. More should be known about his status once the test results are in.
Bobby Higginson and Marcus Thames will continue to fill the hole in right field until Ordonez is able to get back on the field. Through three games this season, Ordonez is 0-for-10 with three strikeouts, a walk and a run scored. Consider him as day-to-day.
After Ordonez returned to Detroit to undergo tests for continued abdominal problems, doctors concluded that he needs hernia surgery and will miss at least 4-6 weeks. Ordonez missed 110 games last season while with the White Sox due to knee problems, and has played only three games this season for the Tigers because of various ailments.
Although the franchise is relieved to finally know what is wrong, the lineup will miss the power he brings to the table. It is likely that Ordonez will be put on the disabled list. Marcus Thames probably takes Ordonez' place in right field.
Ordonez has missed four straight games with a viral infection, but Detroit manager Alan Trammell hopes his starting right fielder will be back in the lineup on Tuesday night. The Tigers open a three-game series against division rival Minnesota on Tuesday.
Ordonez is off to an 0-for-6 start with a walk and a run scored in two games.
Barring any setbacks, Rogers is expected to be ready for his next start -- a meeting with the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. The Rangers' veteran lefthander suffered a minor cut and blister on his pitching hand when he tried to stop a grounder in Wednesday's game. He will be re-evaluated after a bullpen session on Saturday to determine his status and availability.
Rogers did not figure into the decision, but he was solid in his first outing of the 2005 campaign, allowing just one run on five hits in six innings. Last year, he was 18-9 with a 4.76 ERA and two complete games in 35 starts.
Ordonez remained in the dugout for Detroit's game on Friday against Cleveland. After overcoming knee problems and an inflamed colon, Ordonez sat out his second straight start with a viral infection. Manager Alan Trammell said that he'll be absent from the starting lineup for a couple of days, but will be available as an emergency pinch hitter.
Magglio is itching to get back to 100% as his season has not started out the way he'd like. Through two games this season, he's 0-for-7 with a walk and a run scored.
The Colorado Rockies have traded Taylor to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in exchange for lefthander Bobby Seay. The Rockies assigned Taylor to Triple-A Colorado Spring last week after the outfielder batted .231 with one home run, three RBI and three stolen bases in 16 exhibition games this spring.
Taylor will report to Triple-A Durham.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays have traded Seay to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for outfielder Reggie Taylor. The lefthander was designated for assignment earlier this week after going 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and one save in six relief appearances this spring.
Seay pitched in 21 games with the Devil Rays last season, posting a 2.38 ERA, striking out 17 and walking five in 22.2 innings. He will join the club on Saturday in San Francisco, meaning the Rockies will have to make a corresponding move to open a roster spot.
Ordonez has overcome his knee troubles and inflamed colon, but now is battling a viral infection, and he'll likely be absent from the Tigers' starting lineup for another couple of days, according to manager Alan Trammell. There is a chance the outfielder could be used in a pinch-hitting situation as early as Friday, but the team wants him to get back to full strength before returning him to an everyday role.
Ordonez obviously isn't quite right, as he was forced to leave Wednesday's contest because of dizziness. Consider him as day-to-day. Through two games this season, he is 0-for-7 with a walk and a run scored, but said the ailment has messed with his timing. Ordonez should be able to get back on track once he overcomes the phyiscal problem.
Ordonez reported feeling dizzy, and the Tigers decided to remove him in the fourth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Kansas City Royals as a precautionary measure. The outfielder, who missed some time last week with inflammation in his colon, will be re-evaluated on Thursday. Bobby Higginson filled the void and likely will remain in the lineup until Ordonez is able to return.
For now, consider Ordonez as day-to-day. Through two games this season, he is 0-for-7 with a walk and a run scored, but said the ailment has messed with his timing. Ordonez should be able to get back on track once he overcomes the phyiscal problem.
Mohr, who went 1-for-5 with an RBI in Colorado's regular-season opener against the San Diego Padres on Monday, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left calf. He will be replaced on the active roster by fellow outfielder Jorge Piedra.
Brad Hawpe likely will step into the Rockies' lineup and start in right field during Mohr's absence. Cory Sullivan and/or Piedra could see some time out there as well. Obviously, Mohr will be sidelined at least two weeks.
Young batted .304 with nine RBI in 17 exhibition games this spring, but he failed to record a home run. The Tigers' designated hitter nearly made up for it in one day, going a perfect 4-for-4 with three homers, five RBI and four runs scored in Monday's Opening Day victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Young has been a good hitter throughout his major league career, but injuries have limited his production over the past few years. Last season, he batted .272 with 18 home runs and 60 RBI in 104 games. Expect him to better those totals, as long as he can stay healthy.
Polanco was expected to head into the 2005 regular season as the Phillies' primary backup infielder. However, on Sunday, manager Charlie Manuel announced that the veteran will be the starting second baseman for the team's Opening Day battle with the Washington Nationals. Polanco had a great spring, batting .397 with three home runs and nine RBI in 21 games.
Although Polanco will get the Opening Day nod, Manuel indicated that he likely will split time fairly evenly with Chase Utley at second this season.