No Miggy, no Torii in Friday's Tigers lineup
Jim Leyland had to wait and see who was healthy enough to suit up for him.
Then, after walking through the clubhouse with the lineup card in hand, whistling a cheery song, the Tigers skipper had to change his tune less than a half hour later, scratching two guys from the initial lineup.
Miguel Cabrera will not play for the fourth straight game, still trying to allow his hip flexor to heal.
After initially being written in, Torii Hunter was a late scratch with a sore Achilles tendon that forced him out of Thursday’s game.
Don Kelly was removed from the lineup in favor of Ramon Santiago at third base, giving the Tigers more defensive flexibility on the bench.
And all that doesn’t even include the walking wounded — Omar Infante and Darin Downs, both of whom were in transit from rehab assignments — who were just passing through the locker room.
On the shelf with rotator cuff tendinitis since July 7, Downs threw one inning at Class A West Michigan on Thursday, and is headed to Triple-A Toledo to continue his assignment before returning to the Tigers.
The news on Infante was not as cheery.
The second baseman, sidelined by a bad ankle since July 4, played two rehab games at West Michigan, but came out of Thursdays after feeling pain in his still-healing ankle.
He was in Detroit Friday to be examined by the Tigers’ doctors.
Friday's Tigers lineup:
Austin Jackson, CF
Andy Dirks, RF
Matt Tuiasosopo, LF
Prince Fielder, 1B
Victor Martinez, DH
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Hernan Perez, 2B
Ramon Santiago, 3B
Alex Avila, C