22 May 2012
*The bereavement list allows players to take a handful of games off to attend to family emergencies. This usually indicates a serious illness or death in the family which, needless to say, is unfortunate news.
The Tigers have been hoping that Austin Jackson, who’s been out since May 16 with a strained abdominal muscle, would be able to return to the lineup tonight. Jackson spent some time in the batting cage this afternoon, but Jim Leyland is waiting for final word on his health before releasing his lineup. Leyland did say that Jackson will leadoff if he’s able to go, and Ramon Santiago would leadoff if he isn’t.
[UPDATE] Austin Jackson is included in the lineup tonight. Very good news.
[UPDATE 2] Apparently the lineup that was tweeted out was erroneous. Kelly is playing center field for Jackson.
As reported by James Schmehl of MLive, Jim Leyland announced that closer Jose Valverde will be available out of the bullpen tonight. Valverde has been out of action since leaving the field on May 15 with a lower back strain. He’s expected to slide back into the closer role, while Joaquin Benoit returns to eighth inning duties.
Austin Jackson, CF (R) / Ramon Santiago, 2B (S)
Andy Dirks, LF (L)
Miguel Cabrera, 3B (R)
Prince Fielder, 1B (L)
Delmon Young, DH (R)
Brennan Boesch, RF (L)
Jhonny Peralta, SS (R)
Alex Avila, C (L)
Ramon Santiago, 2B (S) / Don Kelly, CF (L)
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