Notes: A call for arms?

Notes: Rotation in flux

ANAHEIM -- To get the best idea of how Tigers manager Alan Trammell looks at his pitching choices between now and the end of the season, look no further than the remark he made toward the end of his media session before Saturday night's game.

"As far as who'll pitch Tuesday, it's too early to make a call," he said of his choice of a starter in the second game of a doubleheader at Kansas City.

That's how tentative the Tigers' weary rotation has become.

One thing's certain: Right-hander Jeremy Bonderman is Trammell's starter for Monday's series opener with the Royals. "His mentality is he loves to compete," the manager said, referring to Bonderman working through elbow soreness. "We'll have to see how far he can go."

Then comes tricky Tuesday. For now, Trammell is leaning toward Nate Robertson in Game 1 and Jason Grilli in Game 2. Robertson's readiness depends on how he feels Sunday after a full side session on Saturday. Grilli figures to go, because he'll be fully rested after having gone 7 2/3 innings for the win when Triple-A Toledo clinched the International League title on Thursday night.

Trammell said that although he's got a total of 17 pitchers on the roster, "not everyone is available, so you've got to deal with them in groups. ... This group here, that group there."

The "not available" group for Saturday night's game includes lefty Jamie Walker and righties Chris Spurling and Craig Dingman. Walker's back and Dingman's hip are of particular concern.

On top of that, Saturday's starter, Roman Colon, left in the first inning with an injury, thrusting Mark Woodyard into his Major League debut.

Also available on Saturday were Doug Creek, Vic Darensbourg, Franklyn German and Fernando Rodney, "which should be enough," Trammell said.

German and Darensbourg both saw action in Friday night's 7-6 loss to the Angels in 12 innings. Matt Ginter is slated to start Sunday vs. the Angels.

Mix-and-match: Trammell said he kept Magglio Ordonez out of Saturday night's lineup as part of a tandem of days off for Ordonez and Pudge Rodriguez, who will sit out Sunday's series finale while Ordonez returns to the order.

Besides, Trammell said, "in the last couple of weeks I want to get Marcus [Thames] a game here or there."

The outfielder -- along with Grilli, Woodyard and pitcher Jason Karnuth -- was called up from Toledo on Thursday night.

Dmitri redux: Trammell said the soreness in Dmitri Young's left gluteus and upper hamstring muscles "isn't significantly better" and that "he's taking a little longer than anybody anticipated" to heal. So Young will be relegated to possible pinch-hitting duty for Saturday's game."

In the designated-hitter spot, Trammell said, "it gives us another chance to look at [Carlos] Pena." Pena batted cleanup Saturday night.

Good designated: As the final roster move to make room on the 40-man squad for their four Thursday callups, the Tigers designated right-handed pitcher Andrew Good for assignment.

Coming up: Ginter (0-0, 5.58 ERA), who has made three relief outings since coming back from Toldeo earlier this month, will start Sunday's series finale against the Angels' Paul Byrd (11-10, 3.70 ERA).

Ted Brock is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.