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
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
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).