Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tigers make roster moves

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The Tigers today purchased the contract of RHP Enrique Gonzalez from Triple A Toledo. To create room on the 40-man roster, the Tigers today outrighted the contract of INF Audy Ciriaco to Double A Erie.

Additionally, the club placed INF Carlos Guillen and RHP Joel Zumaya on the 15-day DL effective today.

Guillen has been placed on DL with left knee microfracture surgery and Zumaya has been placed on the DL with right elbow olecranon fracture surgery.

The club's roster is attached.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Guillen's injury will keep him from starting by Opening Day

By Matt Harding
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Carlos Guillen underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee last fall and is still recovering. The original timetable gave Guillen until mid-March. With that date come and gone, Carlos may be out of action until the end of April.

The shortstop turned second baseman had gotten to the running stage of his rehab process when he started to feel discomfort in the back of his knee. That was almost two weeks ago. Now, Guillen hopes to start running once again next week.

With Guillen's absence, Will Rhymes will take the reigns as the team's starting second baseman. Rhymes hit .304 with 19 RBI in 54 games for the Tigers last season.

It's Rhymes' time!
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Monday, March 7, 2011

Zumaya's injury woes may be more serious than originally thought

By Matt Harding
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In a blog posted four days ago, In Play! informed you about the 'Curse of Joel Zumaya.' Well, that day-to-day injury could be something more.

The flamethrower was anticipating to be out for only a few days after scar tissue broke loose from his surgically repaired elbow during his first spring training game last weekend. While inflammation has improved substantially, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Saturday that it hasn't disappeared and Zumaya won't pitch until it does.

Zumaya will seek a second opinion on that soreness, according to pitching coach Rick Knapp.

Will Zumaya's injuries ever cease?
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Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Curse of Joel Zumaya; Tiger's slinger injured again

By Matt Harding
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Reliever Joel Zumaya is injured yet again. This time, however, the injury is not serious. Zumaya is day-to-day after scar tissue broke apart around his elbow.

"Zoom-Zoom" said the injury occurred in the middle of his inning of work against the Blue Jays on Sunday. He felt the tissue snap on a pitch, reported Jason Beck, the Tiger's blogger for MLB Network.

Zumaya said, "Just a little scar tissue. They're just going to give me a couple days." The bullpen pitcher has been on the disabled list in each of the last four seasons and this injury will not be taken lightly by Manager Jim Leyland. The skipper's attitude shows his lack of confidence in Zumaya.

"I don't think this is uncommon," Leyland said, "but who knows?"

With any luck, Zumaya will be healthy this entire season.
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