Monday, March 24, 2008

Inge in center, Renteria lead off

During an afternoon press conference, Jim Leyland announced his replacement plan for the injured Curtis Granderson (according to John Lowe's Free Press blog). Brandon Inge will be the opening day center fielder and Edgar Renteria will lead off, at least versus right-handers. Pudge Rodriguez may lead off versus southpaws. Leyland did not commit beyond opening day for center field but I don't know why it would be just a one day thing for Inge. So, it appears that the opening day line-up will look like this:

Renteria SS
Polanco 2B
Sheffield DH
Ordonez RF
Cabrera 3B
Guillen 1B
Rodriguez C
Jones LF
Inge CF

Leyland also said that Inge would also be the backup catcher which means that there should be no need to carry Dane Sardinha on the 25 man roster. The bench will consist of Marcus Thames, Ryan Raburn, Ramon Santiago and probably Freddy Guzman.

The Free Press also reports that Curtis Granderson will miss at least the first two weeks of the season. Granderson's publicist john Fuller believes he will be ready to play after missing just one week of games. We'll just have to wait and see.

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