With Placido Polanco still hurting, and Rondell White and Dmitri Young unable to play in the field, the Tigers are going to be hurting (literally and figuratively) come Saturday’s doubleheader. There is no way that Ordonez and Guillen will play both ends of the doubleheader (and they probably shouldn’t). Plus, the Tigers will have to make room after the 1st game for Verlander.
So who are the 3rd outfielder and middle infielder in the 2nd game?
One possiblity is to DL Young and bring up Marcus Thames. That takes care of the extra outfielder. Then Infante/Hooper could take the middle infield in the first game, with Guillen/Infante playing middle infield the 2nd game after Hooper is optioned for Verlander. Of course, with this scenario, Young is only retroactive to yesterday.
Another possibility is to wait until Saturday and see if Polanco can play. If not, he could always be DL’d to make room for Verlander. The advantage to this is Polanco could be retroactive to July 11th, meaning that he could be activated on the 26th. The disadvantage is that Kevin Hooper ends up starting both ends of the DH (one in the infield, one in the outfield).
I don’t know how they are going to get through this. What are your thoughts?