Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sheffield is back

Gary Sheffield has finished his rehabilitation stint in Lakeland and is in the Tigers Starting line-up tonight. Jeff Larish (.200/.273/.300 in 40 at bats) has been optioned to Toledo to make room on the 25 man roster. For those like me, who were worried that Jim Leyland would insert Sheffield into the third spot in the order, you can rest easy. He's batting seventh tonight:

Curtis Granderson CF
Placido Polanco 2B
Carlos Guillen 3B
Magglio Ordonez RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Marcus Thames LF
Gary Sheffield DH
Edgar Renteria SS
Ivan Rodriguez C

Larish had been struggling quite a bit in his first stint in the majors so Sheffield should be an upgrade even if he's not 100%. If he is 100% (I don't have my hopes up) and hits like he did last May and June, he obviously would give a big boost at the bottom of the line-up.

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