Doubleheader Roster Crunch

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?


  1. Brian

    July 22, 2005 at 12:21 am

    Its time for Granderson to get a shot at the starting CF. Nook presents nice D but Granderson seems ready and he presents a lot more offensive potential.

  2. Armin

    July 22, 2005 at 6:11 am

    Last time Verlander started he got the “B” squad. Do you think they will let Pudge catch him this time? I would think he would be better for the youngster then Vance Wilson. I would think Polonca would hit the DL before Young. I think the only thinkg Dmitri needs to hit is the batting cages.

  3. Jeff M

    July 22, 2005 at 6:43 am

    Maybe I’m being a little demanding, but would it really be too hard for them to play both games?

    I can understand them not expecting Pudge to squat for 6 hours in one day, but SS and RF are not extremely demanding. I would think they could take a two hour nap (or dip in the hot tub) and be ready to play another game.

    If either of the games gets out of hand, then ya throw in the towel and sit them for the rest of the game.

  4. micah

    July 22, 2005 at 9:30 am

    i agree with brian – give curtis a shot. he looks good.